Sara Pardo Fishburn, described by The Chicago Tribune as an “irresistible charmer who brings show-stopping pizzazz to her singing and dancing,” is a versatile performer, transitioning seamlessly from operatic stages to light opera, musical theater, and beyond. She is praised for her “pure and seamless soprano,” “sensitive use of vocal color,” and “personality and sparkle” on stage.
Favorite roles include: Micaëla (Carmen), Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Catherine (Pippin), Adelaide (Guys & Dolls), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief), Ilia (Idomeneo), Miss Jones (How to Succeed…), Nelly Nettleton (American premiere of Kálmán’s Arizona Lady), Sharon Graham (Masterclass), Emily Webb (Southeast premiere of Rorem’s Our Town), and the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) performed at Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza in Rome, Italy.
When not performing, Sara enjoys sharing her knowledge of the vocal and theatrical arts with young performers. She is on the faculty at Capital University and Otterbein University, has coached/music directed youth programs at CATCO, Weathervane Playhouse, and Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, and is the founder of the Long Grove Performing Art Academy in the suburbs of Chicago. She teaches all styles but is particularly passionate about musical theater, audition techniques, and a healthy high belt.
Sara, a native of Zanesville, Ohio, received her Master of Music degree and Professional Artist Certificate at the prestigious A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, part of the University of North Carolina – School of the Arts, and her Bachelor of Music degree from the Ohio State University. Her greatest accomplishment and favorite role, though, is being mother to two incredible little boys each day.