Praised by the New York Times for her “plush-voiced, impressive soprano,” Sara Jakubiak has won acclaim as a singing actress of great quality. She began her international career in 2013, when she made her European debut at the English National Opera as Marie in Wozzeck under Edward Gardiner. The artist subsequently debuted at the Dutch National Opera as Polina in Prokofiev’s The Gambler. In 2014, Ms. Jakubiak joined the ensemble of the Frankfurt Opera, where she distinguished herself in a wide range of roles in new productions. She sang the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos, Lina in Stiffelio, Polina in The Gambler, Alice Ford in Falstaff, the Goose Girl in Königskinder, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, and Marta in Weinberg’s The Passenger. Jakubiak also won high praise in Frankfurt for her portrayal of Marietta/Marie in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt and was invited to sing the same role for her debut at the Hamburg State Opera, where she later returned for her debut in the title role of Strauss’s Daphne. She sang her first Elsa in Lohengrin in Graz and appeared with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. In 2016, she made her debut at the Semperoper Dresden as Agathe in Die Freischütz under Christian Thielemann. In 2017, Ms. Jakubiak debuted at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in the new production of Die Meistersinger, opposite Jonas Kaufmann and Wolfgang Koch and conducted by Kirill Petrenko.
In 2018, Ms. Jakubiak starred as Heliane in the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s revival of Korngold’s rarely performed Das Wunder der Heliane, a production directed by Christoph Loy and conducted by Marc Albrecht. The production was an international triumph, and of her portrayal, Online Merker stated, “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.”
In the 2019/20 season, Jakubiak made her role and house debut as Chrysothemis in Robert Carsen’s production of Elektra at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, conducted by Marc Albrecht. She also returned to the Semperoper Dresden as Eva in Die Meistersinger under Christian Thielemann and made her Carnegie Hall debut in the title role of Martinu’s Julietta under Leon Botstein. In the 2020/21 season, she returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for her debut in the title role of the new production of Francesca da Rimini (staged by Christoph Loy). In June of 2021, Jakubiak makes her Vienna State Opera debut as Elsa in Lohengrin. She will begin the 2021/22 season with her role and house debut as Elisabeth in Tannhauser at the Los Angeles Opera, after which she will appear for the first time at the Grand Theatre de Geneve as Chrysothemis. The soprano is also slated to sing her first performances in the title role of Salome at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. Other roles in her developing repertoire include Sieglinde in Die Walküre and the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten.
Jakubiak can be seen on DVD as Agathe in Der Freischütz (Thielemann/Kohler) and the Naxos Records release of Das Wunder der Heliane (Albrecht /Loy). She can also be heard on the Grammy-nominated Chandos recording of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with the Bergen Philharmonic (Gardiner), as Fiora in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre Re with the Polish Radio Symphony (Borowicz), and in Erwartung with the Bergen Philharmonic, also under Ed Gardner and released on the Chandos label.
Ms. Jakubiak completed her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music and at Yale University. In the first years of her career, Jakubiak appeared at the Minnesota Opera as Cathy in Bernard Hermann’s Wuthering Heights and made her debut with the New York City Opera as Dede in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place.