Grammy-nominated opera conductor SARA JOBIN has a passion for American and new music. She recently conducted the world premiere of The Secret Garden for San Francisco Opera, based on the beloved children's book. Since 2004 when she made history as the first woman to conduct mainstage subscription performances for that company, she has also led them in performances of Tosca, Der fliegende Holländer, Norma, the world premiere of Philip Glass' Appomattox, and a production of Rachel Portman's The Little Prince.
As Music Director of the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York, she returns to Avignon, France this June conducting William Mayer's "A Death in the Family" in a production that swept all the awards at the Armel Opera Festival in Hungary last October. She also premiered and recorded Michael Dellaira's the Secret Agent for CCO in New York, Szeged and Avignon.
Recent credits elsewhere include Madama Butterfly with Opera Santa Barbara; Matrimonio Segreto in Pittsburgh; Our Town, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Susannah with Opera Idaho as the Music Director of their Made in America Series; and the suite from Ricky Ian Gordon's the Grapes of Wrath with Anchorage Opera. Orchestral engagements have included the Toledo Symphony and Opera, the Symphony Silicon Valley, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Bochumer Symphoniker in Germany, and The Little Orchestra Society in New York.
Maestra Jobin's repertoire project, Different Voice Opera Project, founded in 2008 with Carol Gilligan, presented a workshop of its first opus last summer. Pearl by Amy Scurria will be performed and workshopped in North Carolina, Massachusetts and Shanghai this year. www.dvop.info
On disc Ms. Jobin can be heard leading the comic American opera Volpone by John Musto, nominated for a Grammy in 2010; on the Koch label she recorded a premiere by Chris Brubeck on his Convergence CD, sung by Frederica von Stade.
At age 16 Jobin attended Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, where she was a Leonard Bernstein Music Scholar. She studied conducting with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School in Maine.
Not one to fit neatly into categories, Jobin has a black belt in judo, and was a student of the legendary Sensei Keiko Fukuda, who passed away recently at age 99. At 10th degree black belt, Shihan Fukuda was the highest ranking woman in the history of the sport.