Praised for her “mature artistry” and “colorful lyric-coloratura voice” by the Vancouver Sun, Canadian soprano Mikayla Sager has established herself as a young singer to follow. Currently residing in New York City, Ms. Sager is devoted to cultivating new audiences through her exploration of chamber opera and progressive interdisciplinary art forms.
Ms. Sager recently made her Carnegie Hall debut in a program featuring her in the roles of Lucia Lucia di Lammermoor, Papagena Die Zauberflöte, and Bess Porgy and Bess. She has also performed at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, and at the National Opera Center, the PepsiCo Theatre, and more. Abroad, she has given recitals at the Kay Meek Centre in Vancouver, as well as the Montefeltro Festival in Novafeltria, Italy.
This season, Sager will be seen as Micaëla in Carmen and cover Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Venture Opera. Ms. Sager has also appeared as Norina Don Pasquale, as The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen with the Manhattan Summer Voice Festival, where she also assumed the role of Renata in the musical Nine, as well as Franzi in Das Land des Lächelns with Manhattan School of Music. She was also recently heard as Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Manhattan Opera Studio, where she also covered the roles of Pamina and Der Königin der Nächt. Her recent scene work includes Adina L’elisir d’amore, Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail, La Fee Cendrillon, Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Zerlina Don Giovanni.
A versatile artist, Ms. Sager is currently on the roster of the New York City-based company Opera Exposures, who presented her New York recital debut in celebration of the 2012 National Opera Week. In addition to her work with Opera Exposures, she has performed with Purchase Dance Theatre in a collaborative production of excerpts from Lucia di Lammermoor in the title role. Also in 2015, Ms. Sager was featured as a Young Artist in Sherill Milnes’s dynamic acting intensive program, Opera as Drama, as well as at the Savannah VOICE Festival in Savannah, Georgia, and as a Young Artist with SongFest in Los Angeles, where she worked with faculty such as Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, and Ann Murray.
In a masterclass setting, Ms. Sager has worked with Enza Ferrari, Judith Forst, Danielle Orlando, Rita Shane and others. As a recipient of the Christina Lawson Scholarship for Music and Drama, the Dogwood District Scholarship for the Arts, and the Stan Jean Foundation Scholarship for the Arts, Ms. Sager recently completed her undergraduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music.