Praised for her "pure, lyrical and soaring voice" (Allegri con fuoco), Canadian soprano Mikayla Sager is a rising soprano with an affinity for the grand bel canto repertoire.
Mikayla Sager joined the prestigious Adler Fellowship at the San Francisco Opera, where she was featured on covering roles throughout the mainstage season. Originally slated to make her role debut as the Countess from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro as apart of Merola Opera Program, Sager performed excerpts of as Norma from Bellini’s Norma and the Countess in the award winning film “Through the Stage Door,” directed by David Paul.
In 2021, Ms. Sager was a Prize winner of the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonygne Foundation’s Elizabeth Connell Competition, a District Winner Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, a Finalist in the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, the Zenith Opera Competition, the National Opera Association’s Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Competition, the Tenor Viñas Competiton, a semi-finalist for the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, and received Second Place in this year’s Vienna International Music Competition. She was also recently selected as one of the Festival Napa Valley’s Manetti Shrem Prize Recipients, where she will be featured as apart of the 2022 Summer Festival.
In past seasons, Ms. Sager covered the title role of Donizetti's Anna Bolena with Baltimore Concert Opera, was a Finalist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, the Opera Index Competition, the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, the Dutch National Opera, a semi-Finalist for the James Toland Competition, and won first place in the American Protégé Competition. She has performed the roles of Violetta from Verdi's La Traviata in concert, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito), as Micaëla (Carmen), Norina (Don Pasquale) of which Opera Canada said she “brought an edgy intensity to her role [and] augmented her vocal prowess with enviable acting skills,” Donna Anna/Zerlina (Cover, Don Giovanni) with Venture Opera; and while at Manhattan School of Music, performed The Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), Pamina and Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte); (Orphée aux enfers), La Fée (Cendrillon). Further highlights include a performance at David Geffen Hall with the New York Philharmonic, Rossini's Mosè in Egitto with New York City Opera, and others.