A classically trained singer with both traditional and experimental training in theatre, Sarah Daniels is an artist who can comfortably jump into virtually any project in the musical and theatrical realms. Sarah has a particular passion for contemporary opera and absurdist and physical theatre, and with these foci she has been creating theatre as a singer, actor, writer, and producer in New York City for the past nine years.
RECENT GOINGS ON
Soprano and actress Sarah Daniels recently wrapped on her debut with Experiments in Opera as the title role in Chunky in Heat. Sarah’s portrayal of Chunky received rave reviews in the press, as well as the entire ensemble. The opera was collaboratively composed by Jason Cady, Paula Matthusen, Erin Rogers, Aaron Siegel, Shelley Washington, and Matthew Welch, with libretto by A. M. Homes. This innovative and edgy opera premiered at The Flea Theatre in New York City on May 31st, 2019.
Sarah also recently performed as the solo vocalist for the premiere of Melanie Richards’ vocal chamber piece with eurythmy “Illusions” on April 27th, 2019—a part of Eurythmy Spring Valley’s 2018-2019 season.
Sarah has recently performed the roles of Sally in Die Fledermaus with Amore Opera, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with The Brooklyn Opera Institute, and most notably The Rooster, Young Frog, and Jay in Janáček's Príhody Lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen) with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.
In addition to stage operas, you can see Sarah's performances in the now internet-famous short opera films with Rainy Park Opera Co. Connection Lost (The Tinder Opera), Something Blue (The Bachelor Opera), and most recently Someone Like Me (The Facebook Opera).
ROLES, PROJECTS, & TRAINING
Sarah’s proudest operatic role was in a show she also produced; along with directors Ashley Tata and Paul Peers, Sarah put a double-billed production of Menotti's The Telephone and Poulenc's La Voix Humaine on its feet at The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory in NYC. In this exciting and innovative production, she performed the role of Lucy alongside mezzo-soprano Rachael Hirsch who played the normally-baritone role “Ben” as “Peg”, and Sacramento-based soprano Carrie Hennessey in the Poulenc.
Her favorite musical theatre roles include Anne in A Little Night Music, Luisa in Nine, Rona in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Jojo in Seussical. Favorite roles in plays include Molly/Karen in Charles L Mee’s Bedtime Stories, Isabella in Tony Kushner's The Illusion and Helene in Welcome to the Monkey House. Film & TV roles include Nadia in Spektral Transmission and Allison in Xeniathan!: A Movie Musical, both student films out of SUNY Oswego directed by Cameron Ebserold.
In her final year at Manhattan School of Music, Sarah performed in the world premiere of the original musical revue Moving Right Along with music by Jeff Blumenkrantz and book by director Carolyn Marlow, presented by the American Musical Theatre Ensemble. Other world premieres include leading roles in Mike Levin's Pleasureman: A New Rock Musical, Charles L Mee's absurdist play Café le Monde, and a number of original musical revues.
Opera and musical theatre scenes and partial roles performed include Frasquita in Carmen, Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Miles in Turn of the Screw, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Ms. Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief, and June in Gypsy.
Sarah has trained as an actor and physical performer most recently with SITI Company, focusing on Suzuki and Viewpoints, in their summer intensives in 2018 and 2019. She has also trained at Stella Adler Studios and HB Studios. She has a background in physical acting techniques including Viewpoints, Rasaboxes and Comedia del Arte, and has since delved into Suzuki and the Laban technique thanks to SITI Company and her private acting coach, Tina Mitchell.
Sarah also takes ballet, contemporary, and dance improv classes at Mark Morris Dance Group. She regularly practices yoga to maintain a healthy physical discipline she can use through all mediums of performance.
A LITTLE EXTRA
Aside from performing, Sarah has played the part of producer, stage manager, and has even delved into the PR and marketing side of things on various productions in the past. She currently holds the title of Artistic Director and Executive Producer at The Bia Theatre Ensemble, which since its inception in January of 2018 has put on four productions in New York City (Off-off Broadway). She wrote a play for Bia’s debut production “The Found Festival”—a festival of one-act plays that had not been previously produced or published, all written by women residing in New York City.
Otherwise, Sarah puts her creative energy towards writing, photography, and other casual attempts at the visual arts. See her misc. page for more details!