Bon Voyage: The Season Finale

7:30pm - 10pm

Union Colony Civic Center

Event Details


Bon Voyage: The Season Finale

Evading a Great White Shark, a cello that was supposed to  be performed on the RMS Titanic, and finding peace – this is a live performance where you may experience a diverse mix of emotional  responses. More info

7:30pm - 10pm

Union Colony Civic Center


Soprano Rose Sawvel is internationally recognized for her artistry and captivating stage presence, bringing a glittering, silvery voice with outstanding agility and brilliance along with the skills of an adept actress to each of her performances. She has been seen and heard on opera, concert stages, and recital venues worldwide. Highlights from last season include travelling to Dubuque, Iowa where she was born to perform the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Dubuque Symphony as well as a debut as Juliet in a new production of Romeo and Juliet directed by Sarah Hartmann with the Cheyenne Symphony with excerpts from works by Gounod, Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, Prokofiev, and Roper featuring performances of the story through various mediums including opera, classical ballet, and spoken dialogue from the Shakespeare play.

Other roles Ms. Sawvel has brought to life include Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Marie in Daughter of the Regiment, Elizabeth "Baby" Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Cunegonde in Candide, The Prince in The Little Prince, Serpetta in La finta giardiniera, and Amore in Orpheus and Eurydice, La Fée in Cendrillon, Adina in Elixir of Love, Despina in Cosí fan tutte, Elettra in Idomeneo, Amy March in Little Women, Dew Fairy, Sandman and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, the title role in Patience, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Eustazio in Rinaldo, Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Marenka in The Bartered Bride, Lady with a Hand Mirror in Postcard from Morocco, Blondie in The Abduction of Figaro, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro.

Ms. Sawvel’s concert performances include Schubert’s Magnificat, Faure’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mozart’s Mass in c minor, Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s Regina coeli K. 108 and K. 127, Bernstein on Broadway, Bernstein at 100, 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, Berio’s Sinfonia, and has headlined Pops concerts with symphony orchestras across the country.

An alumna of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, Ms. Sawvel was finalist in the Eastern Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (and winner of the NY District), a semi-finalist in the Sullivan Foundation competition, semi-finalist in the Brava! Opera Theatre competition, semi-finalist in the Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus International Vocal Competition, twice Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Rocky Mountain Region, 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. 


Critical Acclaim

Serpetta in La finta giardiniera (Merola Opera Program)

"The cast was impressive,... particularly soprano Rose Sawvel, who brought pert  intensity and an appropriate tartness to the role of the feisty maidservant Serpetta."

- Joshua Kosman, SFGate

"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 sounded bird-like as Serpetta, and projected both jealousy and flirtatiousness with ease."

- The Opera Tattler

Cunegonde in Candide

"Rose Sawvel has technique galore and her flying runs  and off-the-staff high notes were perfectly sung. He was hysterical in  her ditzy characterization, tossing off her era as a sexual toy with a  shrug."

- Gregory Sullivan Isaacs

La Fee in Cendrillon

"Rose Sawvel (La Fee) possesses a gorgeous upper range, and an ethereal  quality, which gives her character the magic necessary for us to believe  in fairies."

- Noel Johnston



Operatic Roles

Adamo: Amy (Little Women)

Argento: Lady with a Hand Mirror  (Postcard from Morocco)

Bellini: Giulietta (I Capuletti e i Montecchi)

Bernstein: Cunegonde (Candide)

Donizetti: Marie (La fille du Regiment)

Donizetti: Adina (L'elisir d'amore)

Donizetti: Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor)

Gluck: Amore (Orfeo ed Euridice)

Gounod: Juliette (Romeo et Juliette)

Handel: Eustazio (Rinaldo)

Humperdinck: Gretel, Dew Fairy, Sandman (Hansel und Gretel)

Massenet: Le Fee (Cendrillon)

Moore: Baby Doe (The Ballad of Baby Doe)

Mozart: Pamina (Die Zauberfloete)

Mozart: Serpetta (La finta giardiniera)

Mozart: Despina (Cosi fan tutte)

Mozart: Susanna (le nozze di Figaro)

Mozart: Elettra (Idomeneo)

Nicolai: Anne Page (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor)

Portman: The Prince (The Little Prince)

Rossini: Ninetta (La gazza ladra)

Schickele: Blondie (The Abduction of Figrao)

Strauss, R.: Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier)

Sullivan: Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance)

Sullivan: Patience (Patience)

Verdi: Violetta (La Traviata)

Oratorio + Orchestra (Soprano Soloist)

Beethoven: Ninth Symphony

Berio: Sinfonia

Faure: Requiem

Handel: Messiah

Mendelssohn: Elijah

Mozart: Mass in c minor

Mozart: Regina coeli K. 108

Mozart: Regina coeli K. 127

Mozart: Requiem

Rogers: Three Japanese Dances

Saariaho: Lohn

Scarlatti: Christmas cantata

Schubert: Magnificat

Tichelli: Angels in the Architecture

Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras

Art Song

Bellini: Il fervido desiderio

Bellini: Dolente immagine di Fille mia

Bellini: Vaga luna, che inargenti

Bellini: Malinconia, Ninfa gentile

Bellini: Almen se non poss'io

Bellini: Per pietà, bell'idol mio

Debussy: Ariettes oubliées

Debussy: Quatre chansons de jeunesse

Larson: Try Me, Good King - Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII

Rossini: La partenza

Rossini: La pastorella dell'Alpi

Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade

Strauss, R.: Brentano Lieder

Strauss, R.: Vier Letzte Lieder