Soprano Sari Gruber has performed leading operatic roles, song recitals and orchestral repertoire throughout the United States, Japan and Europe, and maintains an active career in addition to her teaching.
Past operatic engagements have brought her to New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, De Nederlandse Opera, Maggio Musicale di Firenze, Saito Kinen Festival, Ongaku-Juku (Japan), Los Angeles Opera, Opera Pacific, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Portland Opera, and many other regional companies in the U.S., to sing Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Norina in Don Pasquale, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Poppea in Agrippina, Adina in L'Elisir d'amore, Gilda in Rigoletto, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Helena in Midsummer Night's Dream, Nanetta in Falstaff, Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen, Juliette in Romeo et Juliette, Musetta in La Bohème, and Leïla in Pearl Fishers, among others.
Ms. Gruber has appeared in concert with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Boston Baroque, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pacific Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, San Jose Symphony, New York City Ballet, Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, performing works ranging from Messiah to Mahler's 4th Symphony and Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915. She has sung under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Patrick Summers, Harry Bicket, Stefan Lano, Stuart Bedford, Jane Glover, Antony Walker, Manfred Honeck, and John Mauceri.
Winner of the coveted Walter W. Naumburg Prize for concert repertoire in 2005, she also specializes in the art of the song recital, and has appeared on some of America's most noted recital series, such as New York's Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), and San Francisco Performances. She has enjoyed a particularly fruitful relationship with New York Festival of Song, and serves on its Artistic Advisory Board.
Ms. Gruber holds a B.A. from Yale University in Music and Theater Studies and an M.M. in Voice from The Juilliard School, where she also participated in the Juilliard Opera Center for three years. She spent summers studying at the Aspen Opera Theater Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, and Ravinia Steans Institute. Technical studies were with Diana Soviero, Marlena Malas, Cynthia Hoffmann, Lili Chookasian, and Phyllis Curtin.