Biography



“A winsome beauty with a voice to match” (BerkshireFineArts.com), Sarah Moulton Faux has been lauded for her “full, silvery soprano” (Opera News) and “mesmerizing” performances (Brooklyn Spectator) in repertoire ranging from opera’s most famous heroines to contemporary works to forgotten masterpieces by female composers.


Having made her professional debut as the Pink Sheep in New York City Opera’s acclaimed production of Candide performed at the David H. Koch theater, she has since appeared as Violetta (La Traviata), Gilda (Rigoletto), Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Musetta (La Boheme), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Mlle Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Almirena (Rinaldo), Annchen (Der Freischutz), and Rose Maybud (Ruddigore) with companies including Regina Opera Company of Brooklyn, Amore Opera, Utopia Opera, Pocket Opera of New York, Chelsea Opera, and the Blue Hill Troupe. Her performances of Gilda with the Regina Opera “embodied all the piercing lyrical innocence demanded of a moving Gilda with perfect Italian diction. Her rendition of Caro nome was pure bravura and her duets with Rigoletto heart wrenching” (Allegri Con Fuoco). In Amore Opera’s Don Giovanni, Sarah “made a bright-eyed, bright-voiced Zerlina” (Opera News). An ardent champion of new work, she has also collaborated with living composers such as Laura Kaminsky, Dave Longstreth, Kamran Ince, Matthew Harris, Herschel Garfein, and Tristan Perich.

 

As a soloist, Sarah has performed Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater opposite countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo with the Symphony in C orchestra and conductor Rossen Milanov for which she was praised with “a fine sense of Baroque style” (Philadelphia Inquirer) and “sang with agility and thoughtful shape to her phrases” (Courier Post). She has also appeared with groups including Crescendo Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Musica Nuova, and The Weckmann Project.


In addition to her opera and concert engagements, Sarah is thoughtful recitalist who brings a keen intelligence, curatorial lens, and intense passion to her programs. Her thorough research resulted in evenings built around the attendees of a particular Parisian salon, the secret love lives of composers, and tracing the legacy of Spanish music through famous melodies, to name a few. Along with Ensemble Pi, she helped conceive a staged production delving into the life of the 18th-century female composer— and Mozart contemporary—Marianna Martines, which was premiered at New York’s Sheen Center. She has performed in concert for the Music Mountain Festival of Falls Village, CT, Artek Midtown Concert Series, and the Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, FL. She annually joins acclaimed violinist Junko Ohtsu to present the Summer Roses concert at the Southampton Cultural Center, N.Y., featuring a themed program spanning art song, arias, operetta, and musical theater.

 

She is currently recording her first solo album with American Opera Projects featuring the music of American composer, Lola Williams (1913-2013), who set numerous texts by Shakespeare to music. Sarah has been researching Williams’s handwritten manuscripts, creating a modern edition of her work in conjunction with the recording, which will be released in 2018.

 

In 2016, Sarah won the Best Female Voice Prize at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, England and was a New York Lyric Opera Theater National Semi- Finalist. She was also a 2013 Semi-Finalist in the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition and a 2011 Semi-Finalist in the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition.


A graduate of Barnard College in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (magna cum laude/departmental honors), Sarah holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy with honors from Westminster Choir College. She is a Board Member of American Opera Projects and the Southampton Cultural Center where she is the Artistic Director of Songs & Stories, a cross-genre music and art performance series.