Praised by The Boston Globe for possessing “virtues of voice, intelligence and musicianship…with purity of tone and expression," soprano Sarah Pelletier demonstrates these qualities in all her performances. She has appeared as a guest artist at the Spoleto Festival USA, Bard Music Festival, and Aldeburgh Festival, UK. Past seasons include a solo recital on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage; Grieg’s Peer Gynt at the Brevard Festival; Britten’s War Requiem, Berg’s Wozzeck and Schwantner’s Magabunda with New England Philharmonic; Kraft's Settings of Pierrot Lunaire with Boston Musica Viva; Bach's B Minor Mass with the San Francisco Bach Choir; Handel’s Messiah with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Schumann’s Genoveva and Handel’s Ariodante with Emmanuel Music, and Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with Princeton Festival Opera. Ms. Pelletier toured with Maestro Seiji Ozawa to Japan, China, and Italy performing Madama Butterfly and Peter Grimes at Saito Kinen Festival and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Ms. Pelletier has received Vocal Fellowships at Tanglewood and the Ravinia Festival. She has given solo recitals at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Goethe Institute. A lover of contemporary music, she has premiered works by Ross Bauer, Gordon Beeferman, Howard Frazin, John McDonald, Eric Sawyer, Andy Vores, James Yannatos, and Arlene Zallman with performances under the direction of Lukas Foss, Keith Lockhart, Robert Spano, John Harbison, and John Rutter. She has performed for the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Music in Time Series at Spoleto Festival USA, and Santa Fe New Music. Ms. Pelletier is recorded on Chesky Records. She currently serves on the vocal faculty at Princeton University.


Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory | November 16, 2013
Distler Performance Hall at Tufts University | September 27, 2009
Distler Performance Hall at Tufts University | September 25, 2009

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[Concert Review] Florestan, BMOP offer sublime tribute to vocal music

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project had a good idea last weekend. They paired with the Florestan Project, a superb vocal group, to present three days of concerts named “Voice of America” at Tufts University’s Distler Performance Hall. Florestan presented the complete songs of Samuel Barber, some 75 in number. The Sunday afternoon concert I attended then featured a chamber-music-sized BMOP with concerted songs of Samuel Barber and Virgil Thomson. Florestan and BMOP together offered a sublime tribute to the voice.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer Full review
[Concert Review] The Barber songbook

Samuel Barber (near left, with his lover Gian Carlo Menotti) once described himself as “a living dead composer,” and indeed, for most his life his commitment to romantic feeling in the modern age consigned him to the dustbin of critical opinion. But history has a way of upending that dustbin, and Barber’s gift for lyrical simplicity, cemented in the popular mind by his Adagio for Strings, has enabled him to outlast his detractors.

The Hub Review Full review
[Concert Review] Florestan and BMOP join forces to celebrate American vocal repertoire

This evening’s double concert in the Distler Performance Hall of Tufts’ Granoff Music Center began a 3-day festival involving a partnership between the Florestan Recital Project and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project to highlight American vocal music. The former’s presentation was the 1st of 3 concerts which together would span the entire vocal opus of Samuel Barber, aptly titled, “BarberFest,” while the latter highlights contemporary compositions for vocalist(s) and chamber orchestra.

Classical Voice of New England Full review