Sara Louise Petrocelli, mezzo soprano from New Jersey, was most recently seen on stage at the Metropolitan Opera in the chorus of Wagner's Parsifal under the direction of Chorus Master Donald Palumbo, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.. This marks Sara's fifth season on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera chorus. Upcoming solo engagements include a return to Opera Company of Middlebury as Mexican Woman in Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire and a gala concert with New Rochelle Opera, two companies with which she's proud to have performed frequently over the past decade.
Other recent engagements include Dido in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas with Opera Company of Middlebury. Of her performance, the Montpelier Times Argus said “Petrocelli employed her rich but pliable mezzo voice lyrically yet with emotional intensity.” Before that, she was seen as Beppe in Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz with Winter Opera St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said, “In the trouser role of Beppe, mezzo-soprano Sara Louise Petrocelli was a standout in both the singing and acting departments.” In the 2014-2015 season she was also seen at the Metropolitan Opera in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under the baton of Maestro James Levine, and as the title role in Carmen with Western Plains Opera. She was also invited to join the Metropolitan Opera Guild Lectures and Masterly Singing series under the direction of Jane Marsh to sing excerpts of Charlotte from Massenet's Werther, and Sesto from Mozart's La clemenza di Tito.
In 2014, Sara performed in Borodin’s Prince Igor at the Metropolitan Opera, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting. Previously in the 2013-2014 season, she debuted as Sesto in La clemenza di Tito with NYC’s dell’Arte Ensemble, and performed Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Western Plains Opera. In 2012, Sara joined the esteemed Caramoor Festival to cover the title role of Ciro in Babilonia, and sang Suzuki with New Rochelle Opera, and Teresa (La Sonnambula) at the Altamura Center for the Arts in New York. In the 2010-2011 Season, Sara performed with Opera Company of Middlebury as Suzy in Puccini’s La Rondine, and debuted as Suzuki in the Brescia version of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the National Lyric Opera in NYC and Boston. She also appeared in concert with the Westchester Symphonic Winds to sing excerpts of Copland’s The Tender Land, and with Carnegie Room Concert productions for a solo Schubert Lieder recital.
From 2010-2012, Sara was part of two successful seasons as a Studio Artist with Tulsa Opera, throughout which she appeared in several mainstage productions as Flora Bervoix (La Traviata), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Lady with a Hat Box in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, and Jade Boucher in a Tulsa Opera premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. She also participated in numerous concerts and outreach performances, singing excerpts from the roles of Adalgisa, Rosina, Sister Helen (Dead Man Walking), Zerlina, and Suzuki. She has completed young artist residencies with Sarasota Opera, Natchez Opera, and Lake George Opera.
Sara was named a district winner in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In July 2010, she received the Grand Prize as well as the award for the youngest finalist in the International Concorso Lirico in Arquata Scrivia, Piemonte. She is the recipient of a 2007 Career Grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. She garnered awards from the 2005 Young Singers’ Foundation, the 2007 Queens Opera Vocal Competition, and the Carnegie Mellon Concerto Competition as the soloist in Ravel’s Shéhérazade. Sara holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the S.U.N.Y. Purchase Conservatory of Music, for which she was supported by the Nancy Jo Abeles Scholarship, and a Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied with Mildred Miller. Sara is currently a student of David Jones.