Miami-born soprano, Sarah Caldwell Smith, made her professional debut with the Florida Grand Opera at age 16, playing the role of First Genie in Die Zauberflöte, under conductor Jane Glover. Sarah was most recently seen touring the country as Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) and Yum-Yum (The Mikado) with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players (NYGASP). Hailed by The New York Times for her “superb Yum-Yum,” Ms. Smith also appeared in Utopia Limited at Symphony Space, where she “charmed” as Princess Nekaya (The New York Times).
She made her debut with NYGASP as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance at New York City Center. AM New York raved that the production “came to life when Sarah Caldwell Smith took the stage as the ingénue Mabel, possessing charisma and confidence…” Ms. Smith later completed a critically acclaimed run as Rose Maybud in Ruddigore at City Center. In addition, she was seen in NYGASP’s productions of The Gondoliers (Gianetta u/s), The Mikado, Trial by Jury and HMS Pinafore. Ms. Smith was honored to share the City Center stage again, with Kristin Chenoweth and Marni Nixon in Encores!’ Music in the Air.
Sarah’s performances span the gamut from musical theater and opera to new works and cabaret. She was delighted to cover the role of Laura Petrie in the world premiere of The Life and Love of Joe Coogan, a comic opera based on the Dick Van Dyke Show. Also highlighting her flair for comedy, Sarah belts out Porter tunes and hits the high notes in NYGASP’s award-winning cabaret show, I’ve Got a Little Twist. “Built on the corner where Gilbert and Sullivan meet Broadway,” this show is now touring bi-coastally.
Ms. Smith was pleased to revisit the role of Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) with Opera Manhattan Repertory Theatre, having previously performed it with the Janiec Opera Company (Brevard Music Center) and Project Opera of Manhattan. Her Mozartean repertoire also includes Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) with the Liederkranz Opera Theatre and Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro). Future engagements include the title role in Patience and the Princess of Monte Carlo (The Grand Duke) as well as a holiday run of Pirates at Symphony Space.
Sarah Caldwell Smith is a graduate of the vigorous double-degree program between New England Conservatory and Tufts University, where she earned Bachelor degrees in Vocal Performance and English. A student of Maitland Peters, Ms. Smith completed her Master’s degree in Voice at Manhattan School of Music.
Photo credits, left to right: Jordan Matter; David Sigafoose; David Sigafoose; William Reynolds