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Sarah Coburn to Open Tulsa Opera Season with "Lucia"
Sarah Coburn (MM ’01) stars in the season opener for Tulsa Opera, reprising her acclaimed performance of the title character in “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Performances in the Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center will be 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and Oct. 16, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Oct. 18. Following performances at Glimmerglass Opera, the New York Observer noted: “She turns out to have qualities that have made legends out of so many of her predecessors, from Adelina Patti to Maria Callas: stage charisma, a thrilling upper register and, crucially, a fearlessness about abandoning herself to opera’s most abandoned heroine . . . Ms. Coburn is a budding prima donna of exceptional promise.” Tickets are available through www.tulsaopera.com. Coburn’s upcoming engagements include Asteria in “Tamerlano” with Los Angeles Opera; Rosina in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” with Los Angeles Opera and Florida Grand Opera; and Gilda in “Rigoletto” with Welsh National Opera. Coburn was named 2009 Artist of the Year by the Washington National Opera. The award was announced by Plácido Domingo. The Artist of the Year award salutes young artists who have displayed exceptional artistic merit in their appearances with WNO, and recognizes their professional growth and development. ??Since the award's inception in 1977, recipients have included mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, conductor John Mauceri, soprano Ruth Ann Swenson, and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. Praised as "blissfully sublime" by Opera News, Sarah Coburn is noted for her "precision placement, mercury speed, and a gorgeous liquid gold tone, gilded by a thrilling top and bottom register" (The Globe and Mail). She received her master of music degree in vocal performance from the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, studying with Professor Larry Keller.