Praised by the New York Times for her “plush-voiced, impressive soprano,” Sara Jakubiak has been acclaimed for her performances at many of the leading opera houses in Europe. She debuted at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as Eva in Die Meistersinger under Music Director Kyril Petrenko, at the Semperoper Dresden as Agathe in Der Freischûtz under Christian Thielamann, at the Dutch National Opera as Pauline in Prokofiev’s The Gambler under Marc Albrecht, and at the English National opera as Marie in Wozzeck under Edward Gardiner. She also sang her first Daphne at the Hamburg State Opera and debuted as Elsa in Lohengrin in Graz.
Jakubiak joined the ensemble of the Frankfurt Opera in 2014, where she has sung an uncommonly wide spectrum of roles, including Marietta in Die Tote Stadt, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Marie in Krenek’s Der Diktator, Ellen Ordford in Peter Gimes, Lina in a new production of Stiffelio, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Prima Donna in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Goose Girl in Humperdinck’s Königskinder, and Marta in a new production of Weinberg’s Die Passagierin, a production which was also performed at the Wiener Festwochen.
Sara Jakubiak’s concert performances include her Israel Philharmonic debut with Zubin Mehta as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Emma in Schubert’s Fierrabras and Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mozart’s concert arias with the Colorado Symphony, and concert performances of Howard Hanson’s lyrical opera Merry Mount with the Rochester Philharmonic under Michael Christie at Carnegie Hall, originally commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. She has also performed Penderecki’s Polish Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana Simón Bolívar in Caracas, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki himself, and Fiora in a concert version of Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re with the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw under Lucasz Borowitcz, which was recently released on CD. Ms. Jakubiak was also featured on the Naxos label’s eight-volume collection of Charles Ives songs in the series “American Classics”.
Jakubiak studied at both Yale University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She was the recipient of the Judith Raskin Memorial Award from Santa Fe Opera. Other roles in her developing repertoire include the title roles in Strauss’s Salome and Janacek’s Katya Kabanova and Jenufa, as well as Blanche in Les Dialogues des Carmelites.