Sara Radke Brown is the Executive Director of the Juneau Lyric Opera (JLO). Prior to her position with JLO, Sara served as the Executive Director for the Juneau Symphony.
A dedicated advocate for bringing engaging, educational opera performances into the schools, Sara spearheaded a collaboration between JLO and the Orpheus Project to provide a free performance of The Princess Sophia for over 600 students in the Juneau School District. In Indiana, she directed the premiere of Lauren Bernofsky’s Mooch the Magnificent, a children’s opera commissioned by Re-imagining Opera for Kids, and played the role of Nicklausse for the touring production of Les contes d’Hoffmann with Northwest Opera in the Schools (N.O.I.S.E.) in Seattle. For the past three years she has served as the singing host for the Juneau Symphony’s Music in the Schools performances – productions she has co-produced in collaboration with the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute “Link-Up” program.
Sara’s operatic and musical theatre roles include Flora (La Traviata), Nella and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Euridice (Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice), Margarita Xirgu in the collegiate premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s chamber opera Ainadamar, the Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Franca Naccarelli (The Light in the Piazza), Amalia Balash (She Loves Me), and Maria (West Side Story). She has studied voice and sung for numerous workshop performances under the tutelage of Carol Vaness, Scharmal Schrock, and Timothy Noble. Other stage credits include performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, the Columbus Philharmonic Chorus, the Yakima Symphony, the Juneau Symphony, and the Washington-Idaho Symphony.
A native of Toppenish, Washington, she completed coursework for a Doctor of Music in Voice Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she also completed her Master’s degree.
Upcoming engagements include singing the role of Santuzza in JLO’s January 2019 production of Cavalleria Rusticana. In April, she will serve as Chorusmaster for the Juneau Symphony’s spring concert under the direction of William Todd Hunt, and in May will return as music director for JLO’s annual Afternoon of Ave Marias at the Shrine of St. Thérèse.