Ms. Sara Louise Petrocelli, mezzo soprano from New Jersey, most recently performed as Sesto in La clemenza di Tito with NYC’s dell’Arte Ensemble, and as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Western Plains Opera. She was named a district winner in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. From 2010-2012, Ms. Petrocelli was part of two successful seasons as a Studio Artist with Tulsa Opera, throughout which she appeared in several mainstageproductions as Flora Bervoix (La Traviata), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Jade Boucher in a Tulsa Opera premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Ms. Petrocelli also participated in numerous concerts and outreach performances, singing excerpts from the roles of Adalgisa (Norma), Rosina, Sister Helen (Dead Man Walking), and Suzuki. In July 2010, she received the Grand Prize in the International Concorso Lirico, Terre dei Fieschi in Arquata Scrivia, Piemonte. In 2014, Ms. Petrocelli will be seen on stage at the Metropolitan Opera, performing in the ensemble of Borodin's Prince Igor. Also upcoming are concert performances with New Rochelle Opera and a recital in Alberta, Canada with baritone, Chad Armstrong.
In 2012, Ms. Petrocelli 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, Ms. Petrocelli 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. Ms. Petrocelli 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. An exciting 2008-9 Season brought Ms. Petrocelli's first Flora with New Rochelle Opera, Cherubino, and Zulma in L'Italiana in Algeriwith Dicapo Opera, Mrs. Fox in the NY premiere of Tobias Picker's Fantastic Mr. Fox, and residencies at Lake George Opera, and at Natchez Opera with Maestro Christopher Larkin. Under the direction of under the direction of Robert Alfldi, she portrayed Susanna Walcott in WardŐs The Crucible which traveled to Szeged, Hungary, was broadcast to over 40 countries, and won first place in the 2008 Armel Opera Competition. In 2009-10, she returned to Hungary in Tobias PickerŐs Emmeline, and appeared as Immelda Mortara in the world premiere of Il CasoMortara by Francesco Cilluffo. In 2008, Ms. Petrocelli was a young artist for Sarasota Opera with Maestro Victor DeRenzi, and David Neely.
Ms. Petrocelli is the recipient of a 2007 Career Grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. She garnered awards from the 2005 Young Singers' Foundation Award, the 2007 Queens Opera Vocal Competition, and the Carnegie Mellon Concerto Competition as soloist in Ravel's Shéhérazade. Directed by Jacque Trussel, under a Nancy Jo Abeles Scholarship to the Purchase Conservatory of Music, Ms. Petrocelli performed title roles in Dido & Aeneas, The Tragedy of Carmen and Hänsel und Gretel, and portrayed Madame Croissy (The Dialogues of the Carmelites). The latter two productions both won the National Opera Association's award for Best Production. Ms. Petrocelli holds a Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied with Mildred Miller-Posvar. She now studies with Alan Dornak in NYC, and is represented by MIA Artist Management.
Former & current students achievements at New York Music School:
Admitted into Prep Division at Manhattan School of Music (2015)
Admitted into Montclair University (2016)
Prize Winner of Rondo Young Artist Competition