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Sara Bielanski

Sara Bielanski is a versatile American vocalist whose varied repertoire encompasses jazz, gospel, R&B, opera and art song, and improvisation. Her voice has been described by critics as “resplendent”, and her contemporary interpretations as “unforgettable”, “the real thing”, and “mystifying and beautiful” (artfuse.org, 2012).

An avid jazz musician, Sara has performed with legends Sheila Jordan, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Rufus Reid, Jim McNeely, Stan Strickland, and Peter Cassino, and had the distinct pleasure of studying with the late Charlie Banacos. Bielanski studied at the esteemed Jazz in July program at UMass Amherst, as well as the Lake Placid Jazz Institute in upstate New York. She has sung at major Boston and New York venues, most notably at Ryles, Acton Jazz Cafe, Top of the Hub, the Boston Esplanade, Club OBERON, and in New York at the JP Morgan Penthouse.

Bielanski's collaborations in the classical genre have most notably included Opera Boston, Tuscia Opera Festival in Rome, Boston Ballet, MetroWest Opera, Chorus Pro Musica, Commonwealth Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Masterworks Chorale, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Holyoke Civic Symphony, and the Boston Pops Chorus.

Bielanski has participated in several distinguished vocal competitions, placing first in the Boston NATS Competition in the Professional Division. She was a finalist in the Peter Elvins Competition for Professional Singers in January 2012, and a national semi-finalist in the Lois Alba Vocal Competition in Houston, Texas in May 2012.

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“...the album has a touch of the sophisticated New England Back Bay feeling of those Boston Brahmin families and their Victorian homes. Gastronomically speaking, the album could be compared with a meal of salad, oysters, and steak...”

-Victor L. Schermer, All About Jazz

​”Exceptional talent.” - Newburyport News

“Sara Bielanski, as the playful Spring Beauty, Snegurochka’s mother, opens the opera. Although Harvard University’s Lowell Hall is not an ideal opera stage, Bielanski’s bright voice rings clear throughout the hall.” - Arts Fuse

“Bielanski...delivers some of the most mystifying and beautiful lines of the production

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