Sara Pardo Profile
Sara Pardo, a native of Zanesville, Ohio, received her Master of Music 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. She has an in-depth knowledge of the performing arts, bringing with her a hearty expertise in the music industry and a wide variety of musical and instructional styles.
In addition to serving as Adjunct Professor of Voice at Judson University, Ms. Pardo teaches at the Long Grove Performing Arts Academy, where she specializes in vocal instruction, as well as acting, improvisation, musical theater, audition techniques and more. For the past two years, she has conducted the Village Singers of Lake Zurich, a community choir in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.
As a performer, Ms. Pardo was recently described by The Chicago Tribune as an “irresistible charmer who brings show-stopping pizzazz to her singing and dancing.” She transitions seamlessly from operatic stages to light opera, musical theatre and beyond. She is praised for her vocal qualities and realistic, poignant acting alike. Some of her favorite roles include: Miss Jones (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), Catherine (Pippin), Nelly Nettleton (American premiere of Kálmán’s Arizona Lady), Emily Webb (Southeast premiere of Rorem’s opera Our Town), Ilia (Idomeneo), Mariane (Mechem’s Tartuffe), Frasquita (Carmen), Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) in opera outreach performances, and the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) performed at Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza in Rome, Italy.
In Summer 2012, Ms. Pardo was featured as a Festival Artist with the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, where she covered the roles of Marguerite (Faust) and Bianca (Kiss Me, Kate), and portrayed Tess in Gershwin’s Girl Crazy. She also starred as Dr. Myrna Krausova in the workshop premiere of Tony- and Olivier-winning playwright Mark Medoff’s latest work, Changing Women. She has been a competition favorite, winning the 2012 Concorso Lirico International Opera Competition and the 2006 North Carolina District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. On the concert stage, she has performed as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, on a Judy Garland Tribute Concert where she brought Judy’s famous “Trolley Song” to life, on a concert entitled “Leona Mitchell & Friends” with the famed Metropolitan Opera star, and as Zerlina in a concert version of Don Giovanni with the North Carolina Symphony.