SARAH JOYCE COOPER
Praised for her "meltingly beautiful" (Opera News) singing, Boston-based soprano SARAH JOYCE COOPER performs year-round. Recent appearances include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with CoOPERAtive, Countess in Le nozze di Figaro at the Savannah Voice Festival, Micaëla in Carmen with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, Violetta in La Traviata with both New York Opera Studio, and Elizabeth R. and Co., Mimi in La Bohème with Opera Theater of Cape Cod, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Boston Opera Collaborative. Ms. Cooper has also appeared as a soloist with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra, Convergence Ensemble, and the Radcliffe Choral Society at Harvard University. She performed as a soloist with the Du Bois Orchestra in the historic world premiere of Florence Price’s long-lost cantata, Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight. Most recently, Ms. Cooper made her debut with Maryland Lyric Opera as La Charmeuse in a production of Massenet’s Thaïs. She looks forward to joining the Manchester Music Festival next summer in Manchester, VT as a Young Artist.
As a competition award recipient, this exceptional artist was a first-place winner of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artists Competition and the Westminster Choir College Voice Scholarship competition. She also received the Colleen and Edward Carducci Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan National Council Auditions in Columbia, South Carolina. Ms. Cooper earned first place in The American Prize Competition’s Opera and Operetta division and Second Place in the International Talents of the World Competition in New York City. As a TOW competition prizewinner, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in a Maria Callas tribute concert. Ms. Cooper also appeared as a finalist in the George London Competition and was nominated for a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation.
In addition to performing, Ms. Cooper serves as Executive Assistant for Help!ComeHome!, a 501c3 organization dedicated to meeting the needs of under-served communities throughout the US. A regular volunteer with the organization, Ms. Cooper offers both her musical and administrative skills to further its mission. Recently, she planned, programmed, and performed in "A Nod to Our Neighbors," a benefit concert and the first major fundraiser for Help!ComeHome!
Ms. Cooper earned her Bachelor’s Degree in French from Princeton University and the Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College.
“Cooper’s meltingly beautiful soprano shimmered to perfection in “Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante,” and she and Werley shared genuine warmth and affection in their Act I duet. [in Carmen]" - Opera News
“Sarah Joyce Cooper closed the first half with a thrilling performance of “Sempre libera,” offering a bright, crisp sound and fluttering coloratura.”
- New York Classical Review
“Soprano Sarah Cooper performed the role of Micaëla and grew in stature such that her third act aria "Je dis que rien ne m'epouvante" brought down the house."
- Voce di meche
"Sarah Cooper was touching as Micaëla."
- Berkshire Fine Art