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Sara Jakubiak ’02 is an emerging star in the opera world. She has been described by the New Haven Register as "a singer who is going places and should delight audiences for years to come." Tulsa World says she is possessed of a voice which is "rich and resonant, highly expressive and solid from top to bottom." In 2010-11, she made her New York City Opera lead role debut as Dede in the New York premiere of Leonard Bernstein's A Quiet Place.
Sara's 2011-12 season has included singing Eurydice with the Virginia Opera in Philip Glass' Orphée, and her March performance with the New York City Opera as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. She also sang the part of Fiora in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re at the Warsaw Beethoven Festival (CD release date TBD). Future engagements include debuts with the Boston Lyric Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Barbara Witham McCargar, associate professor of music and chairperson of the Aquinas College music department, holds a Master of Music in Voice, with secondary emphasis in Opera, from the University of Michigan, with further study at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and with Mr. Stanley Kolk.
She was a teacher of both Sara Jakubiak and Andrew Fleser.
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