Few upcoming artists are as celebrated for their artistry and stage presence as soprano Rose Sawvel, who brings a glittering, silvery tone with outstanding agility and brilliance, along with the skills of an adept actress to each role she portrays. She recently made her debut with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program as Serpetta in La finta giardiniera, covering the role of Lady with a Hand Mirror in Postcard from Morocco and performing scenes at the Merola Grand Finale concert from Orphée aux enfers, The Rape of Lucretia, L’Elisir d’amore, Semele and La Rondine.
During the 2015-16 season, Rose made her role debut as Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe with Amarillo Opera, reprised the role of The Prince in The Little Prince, this time with Cincinnati Chamber Opera, revisited the role of Marie in Daughter of the Regiment with Opera Fort Collins, made her company debut with Brava! Opera Theatre as Amore in Orpheus and Eurydice, headlined the holiday pops concert with the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale in Midland, Texas, and performed the soprano solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra.
Engagements for the 2014-15 season included Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Fort Collins in Colorado, The Prince in The Little Prince with Opera Fayetteville in Arkansas, soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, soprano soloist in Bernstein on Broadway, an all-Bernstein concert narrated by Jamie Bernstein, and soprano soloist in Mozart’s Regina coeli K. 127 with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra.
Other recent roles include Marie in Daughter of the Regiment, La Fée in Cendrillon, Adina in Elixir of Love, Blondie in The Abduction of Figaro, Despina in Cosí fan tutte, Amy March in Little Women, Dew Fairy and Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, the title role in Patience, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and excerpts as Cunégonde in Candide and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel.
Her concert performances include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s Regina coeli K. 108 and K. 127, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Saariaho’s Lohn, Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Ticheli’s Angels in the Architecture, Rogers’ Three Japanese Dances, A. Scarlatti’s Christmas cantata and Berio’s Sinfonia.
Rose was a finalist in the Eastern Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was a semi-finalist in the Sullivan Foundation competition, international semi-finalist in the Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus International Vocal Competition, twice Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Denver Lyric Opera Guild competition finalist and won the Rocky Mountain Competition. She is also the recipient of a Bel Canto Institute Performance Award and New York Opera Project Performance Award.