Rose Sawvel
Photo by Pete Niehoff.

Critical Acclaim

Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide, Amarillo Opera

“[Rose Sawvel] has technique galore and her flying runs and off-the-staff high notes were perfectly sung. She was hysterical in her ditzy characterization, tossing off her era as a sexual toy with a shrug.”
-Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, theaterjones.com

Marie in Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment, Opera Fort Collins

“Best of all was Rose Sawvel as Marie, the Regiment’s daughter. Ms. Sawvel is a most engaging coloratura soprano…She had all the high notes and coloratura technique to make the most out of Donizetti’s music, and she is a sprightly actress too. She also looks like we would want Marie to look–pretty, youthful and a bit tomboyish and wild.”
-Charles Jernigan, Jernigan’s Opera Journal

Serpetta in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Merola Opera Program

“…soprano Rose Sawvel, who brought pert intensity and an appropriate tartness to the role of the feisty maidservant Serpetta.”
-Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

“Rose Sawvel dispensed with the usual soubrette portrayal of Serpetta, giving the character an appealingly hostile edge.”
-Georgia Rowe, San Francisco Classical Voice

“Rose Sawvel’s Serpetta was a delightful, spunky, well-sung spitfire.”
-John Marcher, abeastinajungle.blogspot.com

“Serpetta (Rose Sawvel) was all vivacity, clarity and agility.”
-Cedric Westphal, sfist.com

“Rose Sawvel sounded bird-like as Serpetta, and projected both jealousy and flirtatiousness with ease.”
-The Opera Tattler

“Serpetta, the Podesta’s servant, is here a private nurse, & soprano Rose Sawvel was fittingly bold & clarion.”
-Axel Feldheim, nffo.blogspot.com

Merola Grand Finale concert, San Francisco War Memorial Opera House

“Rose Sawvel’s Eurydice and Joseph Lattanzi’s Jupiter-as-fly, from Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers, [was] hilarious.”
-Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice

“The most delightful pairing of the evening: spunky and bright-voiced Rose Sawvel and Joseph Lattanzi in a sexy, bawdy, laughter-inducing performance of the “ZZZ Song.”
-John Marcher, abeastinajungle.blogspot.com

“The duo were hysterical.”
-Geneva Anderson, genevaanderson.wordpress.com

Merola Opera Program General Director Auditions, San Francisco War Memorial Opera House

“Coloratura soprano Rose Sawvel made the audience laugh with her sparkling & powerful “Glitter and Be Gay” from Candide.”
-Axel Feldheim, nffo.blogspot.com

La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Guest Artist – University of Northern Colorado

“Rose Sawvel (La Fée) possesses a gorgeous upper range, and an ethereal quality, which gives her character the magic necessary for us to believe in fairies.”
-Noel Johnston, The Greeley Tribune