Sara Kennedy
(She/Her) Sara Kennedy is an Irish-American soprano from Austin, TX who specializes in both classical and musical theatre repertoire
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Sara Kennedy

Sara Kennedy is an Irish-American soprano from Austin, TX who specializes in both classical and musical theatre repertoire. Sara is known for her lush and colorful sound, commanding stage presence, and her powerful interpretations of Mozart’s heroines. Most recently, Sara was awarded 2nd Prize in the Bonnie Cummins Fielder Grant for Vocal Career Advancement by the Wednesday Morning Music Club of Austin. This summer, Sara will make her debut(s) with Opera Arlington performing Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte as well as Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy and Painted Sky Opera performing Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.

In 2022, Sara joined Sarasota Opera as an Apprentice Artist for their Winter Season and, that summer, went on to be an Opera Fellow at OperaFest Sewanee. In July 2022, Sara was named a winner of the Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition where she performed “Mercè, dilette amiche” from I vespri siciliani with the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Gene Moon.

In December 2020, Sara made her debut with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra in their Christmas Collage Concert under the direction of Maestro David Itkin. In May 2021, She returned to the Abilene Philharmonic to perform with Phantom of the Opera alumn, Kristen Hertzenberg.

In 2019, along with her three Mozart role debuts (Fiordiligi, Konstanze, and Donna Anna), Sara placed 1st in the Graduate Women’s division at NATS-Texoma Region as well as being named a winner of the University of North Texas College of Music Concerto Competition. Her last performance before the COVID-19 pandemic was “Martern aller Arten” with the UNT Symphony Orchestra at the Concerto Winners’ Concert on March 4th, 2020.

In 2018, Sara was invited to the Czech Republic where she coached her role of the Fox in Cunning Little Vixen at the Janáček Acadamy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and made her international debut in Olomouc as a soloist in the Pergolesi Stabat Mater with the Ensemble Damian. Sara has also been a featured soloist in the University of North Texas’s College of Music Opera Gala and Wingspan Gala where she performed with Tony-nominated actress, Carmen Cusack.

A recipient of the Bill and Margot Winspear Opera Scholarship, Sara recently completed her Graduate Artist Certificate in Opera from the University of North Texas in 2021. She also holds a BM in Music Education and an MM in Vocal Performance (University of North Texas).




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