Canadian soprano Sarah Gartshore was recently described by the Chicago Tribune as “particularly impressive” and possessing a “rich, shining soprano” after performances with Music of the Baroque and Chicago’s Apollo Chorus. This summer, Ms. Gartshore made a triumphant debut with the Bay Area based West Edge Opera taking the title role in Handel’s Agrippina. The San Francisco Chronicle described her performance as “vocally powerful” and her delivery of the stark and dramatic aria “Pensieri” as one of a handful of “glorious vocal turns”. As a Santa Fe Apprentice Artist, Ms. Gartshore made her debut with Santa Fe Opera as the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and returned for a second season to cover the roles of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Thalie/La Folie in Rameau’s Platée. The Chicago Sun-Times praised Ms. Gartshore as “delightful” in her multiple roles as Madame Herz in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor and Tonina in Salieri’s Prima la Musica, poi le Parole following one of her many collaborations with Jane Glover and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque.Career highlights include a Ravinia Festival debut with Music of the Baroque performing Handel’s Israel in Egypt, a debut with the Grammy nominated Chicago Chamber Musicians singing Scarlatti’s Su le sponde del Tebro, her Symphony Center debut with the Apollo Chorus performing Brahms’ Requiem, Erodiade in Stradella’s San Giovanni Battistawith Chicago’s Haymarket Opera Company. This last work was later presented at the Valetta International Baroque Festival in Malta. Much in demand on the concert stage, Ms. Gartshore’s expansive repertoire includes
performances of Dvorak’s Mass with the International Choral Arts Festival of Jihlava in the Czech Republic, Messiah with the Richmond and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras as well as Chicago’s Apollo Chorus, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Haydn’s Heiligmesse, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and the Te Deum’s of Delalande and Charpentier with Music of the Baroque, Brahms’ Requiem and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Richmond Symphony, and Mahler’s Second Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem with the Muncie Symphony (IN). As a nine year veteran of The Handel Week Festival of Oak Park (IL) she has performed several solo cantatas, Judas Maccabaeus, Esther, Fulvia in Ezio, and Galatea in Acis and Galatea.