Praised by Opera News for her “unusually rich and resonant” voice, contralto Sara Couden has already established herself as a premiere interpreter of operatic and chamber repertoire. Highlights of her 2018-19 season include Dejainira (HERCULES) at the Staunton Music Festival, Testo in Stradella’s LA SUSANNA with Heartbeat Opera and Opera Lafayette, Israelitish Man (JUDAS MACCABAEUS) with Philharmonia Baroque, and Shostakovich’s FROM JEWISH FOLK POETRY with the Chamber Music Series at Lincoln Center. Ms. Couden made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Albine (THAÏS) in 2017 and will return to the Met this season to cover Marta and Pantalis (MEFISTOFELE).
A former violist and choral singer, Ms. Couden began to seriously study voice after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Literature from University of California Santa Cruz. She went on to earn her Master’s of Music with Honors in Opera from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and an AD in Early Music, Chamber Music, and Oratorio from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. She has studied with Cesar Ulloa, Marilyn Horne, Warren Jones, John Churchwell, Ken Noda, Dolora Zajick, James Taylor, Fred Carama, and Ken Noda, and been coached by Deborah Voigt and Renata Scotto. She also trains at The Barrow Group, an acting school and theater in New York City.