Sarah Asmar - Soprano

Reviews

AMLETO
OPERADELAWARE (2016)

"...radiant and robust singing of Sarah Asmar as Ofelia..."-Anne Midgette Washington Post

"Sarah Asmar, his Ofelia.... has a sustained pastel quality, quietly filling a theater without shrieking for attention. The beauty of line was what kept you attentive, and the melancholy of her Mad Scene, which was not without coloratura (perfectly executed)..."-parterre.com

"Sarah Asmar, as Amleto’s ill-fated love Ofelia (Ophelia), gave a poignant performance, especially in a beautifully sung third-act aria “Ahimè! chi piange? (Alas! Who weeps?)” as she wades into a stream. The scene was a highlight of both performance and stagecraft: No fake river or slide into a stage trap here – death was portrayed by a combination of shifting illumination and Asmar’s haunting physical change, leaving the audience hushed as Ofelia lay drowned in a pool of light."-Delawareonline.com

"Ofelia (Ophelia) was sung by Sarah Asmar... We heard no evidence of illness in her beautiful tone, and like her stage lover, she gripped the audience every moment she was on stage."-Taminophile.com
LA BOHÈME
OPERA SOUTHWEST (2015)

"Anything but demure, Sarah Asmar as the other female principle Musetta, the woman of convenience, sails through the second act in coquettish high spirits, teasing the volatile Marcello to the breaking point."-Albuquerque Journal
THE MIKADO
HAWAII OPERA THEATRE (2014)

"Sarah Asmar, the sweet young thing Yum-Yum, with her light, equally clear soprano."-Honolulu Star Advertiser
L'ELISIR D'AMORE
BERKS OPERA WORKSHOP

"Adina, soprano Sarah Asmar's voice is silvery, pristine, flexible and pitch-perfect. You can read her expressive face like a book as every emotion flits across it."-Reading Eagle
OTELLO (ROSSINI)
OPERA SOUTHWEST

"Soprano Sarah Asmar is the tragic heroine. Desdemona’s canzone Assisa a’ pie d’un salice (Willow song) is the musical highlight of the opera."-Albuquerque Journal
CARMEN
SARASOTA OPERA

"In the supporting cast, the standout was Sarah Asmar as Frasquita. In the wonderful Act II quintet, "Nous avons en tête une affaire," her gorgeous soprano soared above the others."-Albert H. Cohen

"Ovations for Sarah Asmar and Vira Slywotzky, as Carmen cohorts Frasquita and Mercedes. They are in beautiful voice and dramatically strong; watch them glow in the smugglers' serenade to women as agents of deception and during their card game rivalry."-Naples Daily News

"Sarah Asmar’s Frasquita and Vira Slywotzky’s Mercedes were both convincing and well sung..."-YourObserver.com
LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN
CONNECTICUT LYRIC OPERA

"The perennial show-stopping scene, when the life-size mechanical doll Olympia sings a coloratura showpiece, succeeded on all counts. Soprano Sarah Asmar was not only vocally thrilling, she fully mechanized her delivery, batting her eyes in time through long trills, hopping upward for wide intervals, moving her arms in the tick-tock accents of the opening. Hers was a full-body tour de force."- The Day
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
OPERA IDAHO

"Sarah Asmar was a delight as Mabel, with a clear chime-like soprano that danced up and down the scales in “Poor Wandering One.” Her performance sparkled with wit. Asmar and Hauck shared lovely chemistry."- Idaho Statesman
THIRD ANNUAL WILLIAM AND JUDITH SCHEIDE CONCERT (MENDELSSOHN SYMPHONY #2)
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND OPERA NEW JERSEY

"The Opera New Jersey chorus sang with warm power, and was joined in the “Lobgesang” by the sopranos Maria D’Amato and Sarah Asmar, whose voices blended sweetly in their duet..."- The New York Times

"The three soloists were really good - crystalline voiced sopranos Maria D'Amato, Sarah Asmar, and tenor Joshua Kohl who reminded me of a young Peter Schreier. The cheers rang out." - OPERA-L ARCHIVES

"The chorus and orchestra were joined in this work by guest sopranos Maria D’Amato and Sarah Asmar, as well as tenor Joshua Kohl. Ms. D’Amato demonstrated a full and free voice, singing with ease and emphasizing key words to bring out the text. Mr. Laycock kept her second movement aria, accompanied by women’s voices, moving along quickly. Ms. Asmar sang with the same free and easy vocal quality, but with a lighter texture, and in the fifth movement duet, the two voices were well matched, accompanied by a subtle French horn in the background. Mr. Kohl also sang very expressively, providing a point to the sound to get the text across."- Town Topics
SARASOTA OPERA ARTISTS CONCERT
SARASOTA OPERA

"...a nicely nasty version of the Card Trio from Bizet’s “Carmen” offered by Heather Johnson, Sarah Asmar and Sarah Larsen..."- Sarasota Herald Tribune
DON GIOVANNI
SARASOTA OPERA

"Fortunately, Peter Kozma's well-acted production was redeemed by the delightful performances of Christina Pier and Danielle Walker as wronged ladies Anna and Elvira, respectively, with Asmar's Zerlina also a charmer."-Opera News

"Studio artist Sarah Asmar portrayed the innocent naiveté of the peasant girl Zerlina with the same accuracy as she sang her gentle lines."-Sarasota Herald Tribune

"Sarah Asmar... is not just another pretty face or voice. Her clear, well-produced soprano balanced charmingly with her excellent understanding of her role to make her a delightful Zerlina..."-YourObserver.com

"Sarah Asmar’s Zerlina was wonderful. She struck the right attitude, never letting the Don overwhelm her, and winning back Masetto’s love in a very fine Batti, batti. Her cajoling was a joy to watch."-PalmBeachArtsPaper.com
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
SARASOTA OPERA

"All the supporting characters were exceptionally strong – especially...the three Ladies (Abla Lynn Hamza, Sarah Asmar, Alissa Anderson)." - Sarasota Herald Tribune and Opera News

"Many of the roles in this production were taken by studio, apprentice and Youth Opera artists, and they were all superb. Abla Lynn Hamza, Sarah Asmar and Alissa Anderson (all Studio Artists) were standouts as the Three Ladies..." - YourObserver.com

"...the Three Ladies (Abla Lynn Hamza, Sarah Asmar and Alissa Anderson) [made] a lively trio." - South Florida Classical Review

"Abla Lynn Hamza, Sarah Asmar and Alissa Anderson made a delightful trio as the Three Ladies." - The Wall Street Journal
JOINT RECITAL
THE UPPER OHIO VALLEY OPERA GUILD

"We had an enjoyable time at the Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild recital program. The married couple, Joshua Kohl and Sarah Asmar, were delightful. They both had very expressive faces and put such expression in their singing." - Weirton Daily Times
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
OPERA NORTH

"...the appealing stuttering duet that Mozart wrote at opera's end for Papageno and Papagena, [was] sung delightfully by soprano Sarah Asmar." - Valley News
OUR TOWN
SKYLARK OPERA

"Marvelous performances are delivered by Doug Freeman as Dr. Gibbs, James Howes as George, Sarah Asmar as Emily, Norah Long as Mrs. Webb, and Kathleen Humphrey as Mrs. Gibbs." - On the Purple Circuit

"The production's strongest assets were Sarah Asmar's Emily... Her crystalline soprano was the emotional heart of the production, conveying the innocence and the strength of the character." - The Minneapolis Star Tribune
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
THE OHIO LIGHT OPERA

"Sullivan shaped the role of Mabel, sung by Sarah Asmar, in order to insert an element of grand opera. Her aria, "Poor Wandering One" was the jewel, but Asmar proves throughout she is headed for the leading opera houses." - The Daily Record
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
THE OHIO LIGHT OPERA

"The Bennet daughters...are exactly as we imagine them from the book or even the various film versions. Jane is indeed calm and beautiful as portrayed by Sarah Asmar." - The Times
THAÏS
BOSTON LYRIC OPERA

"In supporting roles...Sarah Asmar and Erica Brookhyser were charm and effervescence as the giddy slave girls Crobyle and Myrtale." - Opera News

"...Sarah Asmar and Erica Brookhyser gamboled merrily as a pair of harlots-in-training." - The Boston Globe

"Nicias' servants, Sarah Asmar and Erica Brookhyser, acted and sang delightfully, introducing Athanaël to the debauchery of Alexandria." - Harvard Law Record

"Soprano Sarah Asmar and mezzo-soprano Erica Brookhyser were delightful as two spunky slave girls, Crobyle and Myrtale, respectively." - The Patriot Ledger

"Young Sarah Asmar and Erica Brookhyser are amusing as Nicias's tittering ambisexual slave girls." - The Phoenix

"This was especially true of the delightful Crobyle and Myrtale, who spiced up the proceedings even further with some girl-on-girl action not often seen on opera stages, managing to be both silly - and hot. Sarah Asmar and Erica Brookhyser not only looked well, but sang lovely their "ah ah ah ah ah ah's" assured and sexy, the lovely "duet" accompanying the vocal pyrotechnics of Joyce Ting's La Charmeuse. ...Brilliant." - Opera-L Review
WHITE HORSE INN
THE OHIO LIGHT OPERA

"Sarah Asmar exuded charm as Giesecke's strong willed daughter." - The Cleveland Plain Dealer
DIE FLEDERMAUS
THE OHIO LIGHT OPERA

"Sarah Asmar curled her way easily through the vocal acrobatics given to the chambermaid, Adele." - The Akon Beacon Journal

"The chambermaid called Adele was sung by Sarah Asmar, who defied logic. How could something so big come from one so small?" - The Daily Record

"As the mischievous Adele, Sarah Asmar tossed off her numerous high notes as though they were nothing." - CoolCleveland
ALCESTE
OPERA BOSTON

"As the Chorus Leader, fine soprano Sarah Asmar, a member of Boston Baroque's fine chorus, stood out." - Gay City News

"Special kudos to Charles Blandy and Sarah Asmar for their strong and clear delivery throughout." - Opera Online
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