Praised by the New York Times for her “plush-voiced, impressive soprano,” Sara Jakubiak has captivated audiences with her rich, versatile voice and committed performances. In 2018, she created the role of Heliane in Chrisof Loy’s universally hailed production of Das Wunder der Heliane at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, conducted by Marc Albrecht. Other recent highlights include Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under Kirill Petrenko at the Bavarian State Opera, Agathe in Der Freischütz with Christian Thielemann at the Semperoper Dresden, and portrayals of Tatiana in Eugene Onegin and Marta in The Passenger in new productions with the Frankfurt Opera. Other roles have included Marie in Wozzeck at the English National Opera, Polina in The Gambler at the Dutch National Opera, Marietta in Die Tote Stadt at the Hamburg State Opera, Elsa in Johannes Erath’s production of Lohengrin at the Graz Opera, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Zubin Mehta and the Israeli Philharmonic.
In the 2018/19 season, Jakubiak will sing Marietta in a new production of Die Tote Stadt at the Kommische Oper, directed by Robert Carsen. She joins Kirill Petrenko in a reprise of her role as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with the Bavarian State Opera and in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the Symphonieorchester Voralberg. Other concert performances include Janacek’s Glagolotic Mass with the Hallé Orchestra and Erwartung with the Bergen Philharmonic, both under Edward Gardiner. She will also make a studio recording of Erwartung with the Chandos label.
Jakubiak was a member of the ensemble at the Frankfurt Opera between 2014 and 2018, where she distinguished herself in a wide range of roles in new productions, such as Prima Donna in Ariadne auf Naxos, Marie in Die Tote Stadt, Lina in Stiffelio, Polina in The Gambler, Marie in Der Diktator, Alice Ford in Falstaff, the Goose Girl in Königskinder and Freia in Das Rheingold. Earlier in her career, she portrayed Dede in the New York City Opera’s production of A Quiet Place and premiered the role of Cathy in the Minnesota Opera’s production of Bernard Hermann’s Wuthering Heights.
Jakubiak can be seen on DVD as Agathe in Der Freischütz (Thielemann/Kohler) and a forthcoming Naxos Records release of Das Wunder der Heliane (Albrecht /Loy). She can be heard on the Grammy-nominated Chandos recording of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with the Bergen Philharmonic (Gardiner) and as Fiora in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre Re with the Polish Radio Symphony (Borowicz). In the 2019, she will be recording Erwartung for Chandos with Maestro Gardiner and the Bergen Philharmonic.
“Ms. Jakubiak has a wonderfully expansive, glamorous and youthful dramatic soprano…a luxurious, changeable voice blessed with infinite colors that only appears once every twenty years.” – Online Merker 2018, Deutsche Oper’s Das Wunder der Heliane