Sharin Apostolou - The Fire / The Princess / The Nightingale
Former Portland Opera Studio ArtistSharin Apostolou came to the attention of the operatic world and to critical acclaim after stepping in at the last minute on opening night, replacing an ailing colleague in the title role of Handel’s Rodelinda at Portland Opera. Ms. Apostolou was lauded by The Oregonian for “her lovely, high, clear voice, and her coloratura -- the dazzlingly fast music that says "Don't mess with me" – was exuberant…she covered the musical terrain without fear,” and by Crosscut Seattle for, “[taking] on an impossibly daunting role with fearless flair, unraveling a sweet lyric coloratura voice of real promise.”
Previously at Portland Opera:
Frasquita, Carmen, 2007; Clorinda, Cinderella, 2007; Rodelinda, Rodelinda, 2008; Miss Wordsworth, Albert Herring, 2008; High Priestess, Aida, 2008; Annina, La Traviata, 2008; Calisto/L’Eternità, La Calisto, 2009; Countess Ceprano, Rigoletto, 2009
Sharin Apostolou’s 2010-2011 engagements include her Asian debut with the Macao International Music Festival as Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, her Avery Fisher Hall debut in two concerts with the National Chorale: Handel’s Alexander’s Feast paired with Mozart’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah; and a return to Portland Opera singing Le Feu, La Princesse and Le Rossignol in Ravel’s L‘enfant et les Sortilèges.
The summer of 2009 saw Ms. Apostolou’s debut with Vermont’s Green Mountain Opera festival as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Adina in L’elisir d’amore where she “proved a brilliant Adina. Not only was her sound beautiful, she used it dramatically for just the right effect. In short, she used her voice expressively and effectively, which is what it's all about.” (Times Argus). Also in the 2009-2010 season, Ms. Apostolou joined the European tour of Mitch Sebastian’s The Opera Show, as well as performed her first Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with
Opera Manhattan and Romilda in Xerses with Pocket Opera New York. The summer of 2010 brought her to the Caramoor Festival under the baton of Will Crutchfield as Clotilde in Norma, as well as a performer in many of the festival’s Bel Canto at Caramoor concert series.
A frequent performer of early music, Ms. Apostolou also sang the title role in Cavalli’s La Calisto with the Portland Opera and the Portland Baroque Orchestra, during which she “sparkled, using a clear and supple soprano to dash off numerous impeccable runs,” (Opera Magazine) and “sang with eloquence and shining focus” (Opera News). Ms. Apostolou recently sang the US premier of Johan Christian Bach’s Vaux Hall Songs with the New England Baroque Soloists, performed excerpts from both Purcell’s Harmonia Sacra and Vivaldi’s Bajazet with the Portland Opera and covered both Virtù and Valletto in L'incoronazione di Poppea at Central City Opera. Ms. Apostolou made her European debut with the International Chamber Ensemble as part of the Operafestival di Roma in a Pergolesi double bill; the soprano soloist in Stabat Mater and Serpina in Pergolesi's La serva padrona.
A favorite of Portland Opera, Ms. Apostolou has also performed Ms. Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Frasquita in Carmen, The High Priestess in Aida, Annina in La Traviata, and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, while she covered Violetta, Gilda, The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, and Marzelline in Fidelio. In 2007 at Central City Opera, she sang Noémie in the youth performance of Cendrillon, and Isabelle/Madeline in The Face on the Barroom Floor, and covered Annina in The Saint of Bleecker Street under the direction of Catherine Malfitano. She also toured as Carolina in Torroba’s Luisa Fernanda with the Tulsa Opera Studio.
Ms. Apostolou was a 2010 International Grand Finalist in the Competizione Dell’Opera hosted by the Semper Oper in Dresden, Germany and subsequently performed several concerts of arias with the Bremer Philharmoniker. On the American concert stage, she has appeared with the Oregon Symphony as the soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, the First Fairy in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and as Annina in excerpts from La Traviata. She’s also sung Ms. Silverpeal in The Impresario with both the Portland Chamber Orchestra and the Walla Walla Symphony, in The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, in the Fiddlesticks concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony and in the world premier of The Lost Childhood with American Opera Projects led by Steven Osgood.
Ms. Apostolou was a 2010 Jensen Foundation Award Winner, received the Young Artist of the Year award from Central City Opera, a first place and audience prizewinner at both the Oregon and San Diego Districts, as well as an encouragement award winner at the Northwest and Western regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has also received awards from the Irene Dalis Competition of Opera San Jose, and The Eleanor Lieber Competition of Portland Opera.
Ms. Apostolou completed her Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where she was seen in a variety of roles including Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Zemire in Spohr’s Zemire und Azor, Nora in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea, and Vera in Hoiby’s A Month in the Country. Ms. Apostolou holds a bachelor of fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University.