Praised for her “mature artistry” and “colorful lyric voice” by the Vancouver Sun, Canadian soprano Mikayla Sager has established herself as a young singer to follow. Currently residing in New York City, Ms. Sager is devoted to cultivating new audiences through her exploration of performing opera in progressive art forms and integrative venues.
This season, Sager was seen as Micaëla in Venture Opera's Carmen in New York City, where Allegri con fuoco described her as:“
An impressive Micaëla, embodying the madonna-like role with a sound that was pure, lyrical, and soaring. ”
Schleppy Nabucco's also said:“
Mikayla Sager made her role debut as Micaëla; she was the epitome of innocence and gave a sweetly sung and heartfelt performance. ”
With Venture Opera, Ms. Sager was also seen as Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale, as well as the cover of Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni.
Ms. Sager recently made her Carnegie Hall debut in a program featuring her in the roles of Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), and Bess (Porgy and Bess). In addition, she has performed at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, at New York City Center with the late New York City Opera in Mosè in Egitto, the PepsiCo Theatre, the Kay Meek Centre (Vancouver), numerous intimate theatres throughout Italy with the Montefeltro Festival, and more.
In past recent seasons, Sager performed The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen with the Manhattan Summer Voice Festival, where she also assumed the role of Renata in the musical Nine; Franzi in Das Land des Lächelns with Manhattan School of Music, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Manhattan Opera Studio, covering further, the roles of Pamina and Der Königin der Nächt. Partial roles she has performed include Adina (l'elisir d'amore), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), La Fee (Cendrillon), and Zaide (Zaide).
A versatile artist, Ms. Sager is currently on the roster of the New York City-based company Opera Exposures, who presented her New York recital debut in celebration of the 2012 National Opera Week. Additionally, in her work with Opera Exposures, she has performed with Purchase Dance Theatre in a collaborative production of excerpts from Lucia di Lammermoor in the title role. Also in 2015, Ms. Sager was featured as a Young Artist in Sherill Milnes's dynamic acting intensive program, Opera as Drama, as well as at the Savannah VOICE Festival in Savannah, Georgia, and as a Young Artist with SongFest in Los Angeles, where she worked with faculty such as Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, and Ann Murray.
In a masterclass setting, Ms. Sager has worked with Enza Ferrari, Judith Forst, Danielle Orlando, Rita Shane, Sherrill Milnes, Martin Katz, Fabrizio Melano, and others. Sager is also a recipient of the Christina Lawson Scholarship for Music and Drama, the Dogwood District Scholarship for the Arts, and the Stan Jean Foundation Scholarship for the Arts.
Ms. Sager began singing at the age of eight years old, and found herself lucky to have been told she had the potential to sing opera at age 15. After hearing Verdi's La Traviata for the first time she was hooked, and since then has devoted her life tothe art form that she loves. Alongside music, Sager has a keen interest in 18th and 19th century European art and sculpture, classic and contemporary architecture in Europe and the Americas, the Meisner school of acting, jazz, ceramics, knitting, animals of all kinds, especially her her own puppy, Remy. In 2015, Sager completed her undergraduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music, and now studies privately in New York City with renowned soprano Diana Soviero.