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Soprano Cara Gabrielson was a 2020 National Semi Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and made her San Francisco Symphony debut as the Soprano Soloist in Bach’s Magnificat and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. In 2022 Cara joined the San Francisco Symphony as the soprano soloist for Orff’s Carmina Burana. Last season she joined the Metropolitan Opera for their production of Idomeneo. Recent performances include a solo recital of Purcell songs for the Oregon Bach Festival, and the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Handel Choir of Baltimore. This season she sings the role of Lucy in Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers with Opera Parallèle. Future engagements include her debut as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Livermore Valley Opera.
She recently participated in the prestigious Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Castiglione, Italy and held a Fellowship at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival in Toronto, Canada. In 2019-20 she joined the Opera Idaho Young Artists Program to perform the title role in Acis & Galatea, Poussette in Manon, and Sister Catherine in Dead Man Walking. Her cover assignments while there included Mimì in La bohème and the title role in Manon. Cara was the Winner of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition where she performed Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and holds awards from the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition, East Bay Opera League, Berkeley Piano Club Voice Competition, and Henry & Maria Holt Memorial Scholarship Competition. California Bay Area performances have included Norina (Don Pasquale) with Pocket Opera, Elisena (Ifigenia in Aulide) and Jocasta (Le Amazzoni) with Ars Minerva, and the Foreign Woman (The Consul) with Berkeley Chamber Opera.
Cara has been presented in recital by the Portland Opera Guild, Berkeley Piano Club, and the Arid Club. Her concert repertoire includes Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Orff’s Carmina Burana (Berkeley Resonance Concert Series), Haydn’s Kleine Orgelmesse (Boise Baroque), Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oregon Ballet Theatre), Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Clark College Orchestra) as well as being a featured soloist with Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Southwest Washington Wind Symphony and Northwest Symphony Orchestra.
Cara graduated with her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she sang the roles of Musetta (La bohème), Atalanta (Serse), Nerone (Agrippina), The Rose (The Little Prince) and Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea). She is an alumna of Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists Vocal Academy and the Opera Saratoga Young Artist Program.