Mezzo-Soprano, Sarah Best, known for her "comedic flair and rapport with the audience" (The Daily Record; Wooster, OH June 2012), celebrates a diverse career, spanning the repertoire of opera, operetta, musical theatre, and concert performance. With particular experience in rare works of musical theatre and operetta, Ms. Best has completed three seasons with the Ohio Light Opera where she performed over ten roles with the company including a variety of beloved titles (Gypsy, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado), as well as, unique and lesser-known gems (Jubilee, Madame Pompadour, A Connecticut Yankee).
A resident of New York City, Ms. Best has also appeared with the Liederkranz Opera Theatre (Fricka, Das Rheingold and Orlofsky,Die Fledermaus), the Light Opera of New York (Huguette du Hamel, The Vagabond King), and the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players' in their 2010 Festival productions of Ruddigore and The Pirates of Penzanze.
She has been a featured concert soloist at Carnegie Hall, debuting in the American premiere of Haggadah shel Pesach with the American Symphony Orchestra (April 2011). Her other solo concert engagements include the Collegiate Chorale's 2009 Gala (A Jubilant Song) and a 2010 concert entitled The Choral Music of John Corligiano and Mark Adamo, premiering works by both composers. Ms. Best made her New York City Recital Debut with VoixDor Live's Emerging Artist Concert Series in I'm a Stranger Here Myself (March 2011).
In addition to her performing career, Ms. Best shares her love of performance and creative self-expression through teaching privately, as well as in public schools as a teaching artist. Her work in non-profit arts education programming through The Metropolitan Opera Guild was implemented in communities throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. Ms. Best is a current student of Dorothy Stone. She has been a participant of the Campo Doro Vocal Institute since 2005 and holds a dual degree in Music Performance: Voice and Music Business from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.