Faculty - Sarah Cullins

Sarah Cullins

Sarah Cullins, voice

  • BM in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory
  • BA in English from Tufts University
  • Professional Studies Program at Mannes College of Music
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Email: Sarah.Cullins@uvm.edu

Soprano Sarah Cullins has recently returned to the United States after having enjoyed an exciting 10-year career in Bogotá, Colombia, as one of the countrys most sought-after soloists and teachers.

Since moving to Colombia in 2003 and winning the countrys National Voice Competition in 2004, Sarah performed frequently with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Bogotá and Medellín as well as the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia. With these orchestras she has interpreted an extensive array of oratorio and concert repertoire in the countrys most important theaters and festivals.

Highlights of recent seasons have included the inauguration of the Teatro de Bellas Artes de Bogotá with Mozarts Coronation Mass, Beethovens Symphony #9 for the 30th anniversary of the Teatro Colsubsidio, Mozarts Exsultate, jubilate in the Popayan Religious Music Festival and in the newly inaugurated Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo, the national premiere of Catalan composer Moises Beltráns Suite de Parlava, opera galas in the Festival Ópera al Parque, Goreckis Symphony #3 in the Colegio del Cuerpo production INXILIO, as well as the full-orchestra and chamber music versions of Mahlers Fourth Symphony in the Medellín International Music Festival.

Sarah Cullins operatic repertoire includes Gilda in Rigoletto, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Musetta in La Bohème, Adèle in Die Fledermaus, Susana in Le Nozze di Figaro and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, most recently with the Lyric Foundation of Antioquia in Medellín, the National Theater in Guatemala and the Vermont Mozart Festival. She has also sung numerous leading roles in Gilbert & Sullivan productions.

As a recitalist, Ms. Cullins has a particular sensitivity for French song, and has also given numerous concerts and master classes focused on Colombian composer Jaime León, with whom she worked and performed in Bogotá. Now in the U.S. she has formed the 8 Cuerdas Duo with her husband, Colombian guitarist Daniel Gaviria, foused on bringing Latinamerican and Spanish repertoire to the Northern Hemisphere.

In 2006 Sarah Cullins was invited by the Universidad Central to design and implement its first voice department, a program she led until 2013. Graduates as well as current students of the undergraduate program have already begun appearing with important orchestras and opera companies in Colombia and the United States, have won all categories of Colombia's National Voice Competition, and have been granted full scholarships to Masters Programs in American universities.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory/Tufts University double-degree program, Sarah studied in the Mannes College of Musics Professional Studies Program before moving to Bogotá.

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