Heralded for her rich, satiny voice as much as her impeccable characterizations, mezzo-soprano Cindy Sadler is a force to be reckoned with on the operatic scene. Anthony Tommasini of the New YorkTimes called her "wonderful" as Baba the Turk where she "made every phrase count", and the press raved about her standout performance in which she "surpassed expectations" (NJ Star-Ledger), "made you forget she was a bearded lady ... you loved her from the first note" (Philadelphia Inquirer), and "took this role to the bank, to several financial institutions, and then to various jewelers" (Princeton Packet).
In the 2013-14 season, Ms. Sadler has been lauded for her comedic charm as the "fidgety Mrs. Sedley", in Chautauqua's Peter Grimes (Chautauquan Daily), her scene-stealing turn as the "riotously funny, man-hungry Marthe" in Austin Lyric Opera's Faust (BroadwayWorld.com), and for her ability to make an impression even in a "thankless" role like Marie in The Most Happy Fella(Tulsa World).
The 2014 - 15 season includes company debuts with Portland Opera as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance; the Jacksonville Symphony as Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro; and Pine Mountain Music Festival as Mrs. Clancy in Hoiby's one-woman opera The Italian Lesson; and Opera Piccola San Antonio in The Italian Lesson as well as Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti. Ms. Sadler will also enjoy return engagements to Syracuse Opera as Prince Orlovksy in Die Fledermaus and to Austin Lyric Opera as Gertrude in Romeo & Juliette. Additionally, Ms. Sadler recently made her professional stage directing debut with Opera Idaho's critically acclaimed production of Gianni Schicchi, and will direct Syracuse Opera's Young Artist production in fall 2014.
The 2013-2014 season includes company debuts with Tulsa Opera as Marie inThe Most Happy Fella, Intermountain Opera as Gertrude in Romeo & Juliette, and Portland Opera as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance; as well as a return engagement to Austin Lyric Opera as Martha in Faust and to Sugar Creek Festival as Effie Belle Tate in Cold Sassy Tree.
Ms. Sadler's operatic repertoire embraces a wide range of comedic and dramatic roles, including Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress, Dame Quickly in Falstaff , the Marquise of Berkenfiled (La fille du regiment), Mrs. Patrick de Rocher (Dead Man Walking), Amneris (Aida), The Old Prioress (Les dialogues des Carmélites), Augusta Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe), Fricka (Die Walküre), Erda (Das Rheingold and Siegfried), Tituba (The Crucible), and Berta (The Barber of Seville). She has performed in venues such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Pacific, Sarasota Opera, Opera Boston, Arizona Opera, Syracuse Opera, Indianapolis Opera, the Hollywood Bowl, Austin Lyric Opera, Fort Worth Opera, the Austin Symphony, Central City Opera, and Chamber Opera Chicago.
Ms. Sadler's professional debut occurred in 1991 concerts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She went on to win international acclaim for her performances in Arizona Opera's Ring Cycles in 1996 and 1998, where as the only cast member to sing in all four operas she "knocked 'em dead" (Kenneth LeFave, Opera News)" with her "opulent mezzo" (Dorothy Stowe, Deseret News) and her dramatic presence: "with Cindy Sadler, a rich-voiced, pungent Earth Goddess, true frisson was achieved" (American Record Guide).
An accomplished concert artist and recitalist, Ms. Sadler counts among her repertoire the Beethoven 9th with the Youngstown Symphony, the VerdiRequiem with the Brazos Valley Symphony and many other venues, Elijah with the Choral Arts Society of Austin, TX, Handel's Messiah with the Austin, San Antonio, and Laredo Symphonies as well as many other venues, the Mozart Coronation Mass with the Laredo Symphony, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and the Bruckner Mass in F Minor with the Austin Civic Chorus, and the Duruflé and Mozart Requiems and the Elgar Sea Pictures with the St. Edward's University Orchestra.
Ms. Sadler is a graduate of the University of Texas, where she studied with veteran Metropolitan Opera star Mignon Dunn. She currently studies with Gregory Lamar. She resides in Austin with her husband, Eric, and their two opera-hating Dachshunds, Samson and Dalila. Please visit www.cindysadler.com for more information.
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