At our "A Baroque New Year's Eve at the Opera" concert in 2019, Sarah Coit brought the house down with her dazzling performances of arias from Handel's Giulio Cesare, Riccardo I ré d’Inghilterra, Theodora, and Ariodante. Two months later, she became the recipient of the 2020 Jeffrey Thomas Award, and she will be heard in December 2021 in ABS's concerts of Handel's Messiah in Grace Cathedral and the Green Music Center.
A prize-winner from the George London Foundation and the Handel Aria Competition, her repertoire ranges from the Baroque to operas including The Marriage of Figaro with Michigan Opera Theatre (Cherubino) and The Barber of Seville with Utah Opera (Rosina). An experienced and captivating recital artist, Sarah will present a varied program of some of her favorite works ranging from bravura arias from Baroque opera and musical drama — including Handel's Ariodante and Hercules, Monteverdi's L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans — to the deeply moving song cycle by Dominick Argento, "From the Diary of Virginia Woolf."
The American Bach Soloists are enthusiastically dedicated to the development of new generations of superb musicians. This season we inaugurate the ABS ARTIST SHOWCASE SERIES as a new addition to our robust program of artist support which already includes the ABS Academy and The Jeffrey Thomas Award.
This new annual feature of our concert seasons will present rising stars in full recital programs in the beautiful setting of The Green Room above San Francisco's Herbst Theatre. Known for its Beaux-Arts architecture, soaring dimensions, floor-to-ceiling windows that lead to an outdoor loggia overlooking San Francisco City Hall, chandeliers, and distinctive color, The Green Room serves as a prestigious venue for chamber music performances by premier ensembles.
ABS Artistic Director Jeffrey Thomas commented, "For many years, at ABS we have enjoyed presenting talented young artists through a number of opportunities. The addition of our new Artist Showcase Series will enable us to feature extraordinary musicians in programs that can include a wide selection of repertoire so we can experience an even broader range of their artistry."
ABS ARTIST SHOWCASE SERIES patrons will enjoy wine and cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and exclusive opportunities to meet and greet the performers, all while supporting and nurturing outstanding breakthrough talent.