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Acclaimed for her “emotional yet unaffected quality of performance with true clear voice”, soprano Sarah Vardy impresses and delights audiences across Canada, Europe, Mexico, and China. “She stands out wherever she sings with a combination of vocal passion and rich characterization and musicality.” Her European debut of Tosca was “victorious” and she continues to “convey deep emotion and rich and unique vocal tones.”

Performing Opera, Oratorio, small and large concerts, Sarah Vardy sang with the Opera Wroclawska (Poland), Regina Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony, Highlands Opera Studio, Calgary Concert Opera, Saskatoon Opera, Pacific Opera (Victoria), City Opera Vancouver, and members of the Victoria Symphony.

Sarah Vardy debuted the role of Eva Johnson in Pauline by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes which was described by Opera Canada “sung with catty, self-righteous intensity – just what the part needed.” She performed La Gioconda with Calgary Concert Opera. This season she sings Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozarts Requiem and performs various opera works in two concerts for the Mexican community Los Cabos.

Sarah participated in Highland Opera Studio to study and perform Madama Butterfly and Tosca with renowned Canadian tenor Richard Margison and soprano Christiane Riel. She twice has performed in Montreal as a Laureate of Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques for whom she also competed in Italy at the Amici della Musica International Opera Singing Contest where she was a prize winner. She also did a five week tour of China with orchestra performing excerpts of Madama Butterfly and Tosca and Il Trovatore.

Before the corona pandemic, she appeared in 2019 at the Aegaeic Music Festivial in Lesbos and at the benefit concert for Klassik am See in Klagenfurt.

Sarah Vardy, lives in Salzburg performs internationally, wins prizes in competitions and delights audiences in her concerts and operas. This long history of performance is now leading her into a more dramatic repertoire and she is becoming increasingly known for her presentation of this repertoire.

She studied musical opera performance at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Academy of Music, Canada. Since 2008 she performs as a professional artist.


New recordings are being just recorded. Please stay tuned!


Photos from past performances:


In 2018 Sarah Vardy sang the character Sophie in Nigredo Hotel at the City Opera Vancouver. Photos by Diamonds Edge Photography.

In 2014 Sarah Vardy sang the character Eva in Margret Atwoods opera Pauline at the City Opera Vancouver. Photos by Diamonds Edge Photography.

Sarah Vardy sings the character of Floria Tosca in Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca. The play took stage at the theatre Opera Wroclaw, Poland in June 2014. Photos by the Wroclaw National Theatre


The video shows “Song to the Moon” of the opera Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák at the Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in Montreal.


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Repertoire currently in preparation

Elsa Lohengrin Wagner
Senta The Flying Dutchman Wagner
Leonora La forza del destino Verdi
Adriana Lecouvreur Adriana Lecouvreur Cilea
Amelia Un ballo in maschera Verdi
Leonora Il Trovatore Verdi


Aegean Music Festival Lesbos, Griechenland 2019
Opern Festival Klagenfurth, Österreich 2019
Gala Concert Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 2017
Fundraising Concert Los Cabos, Mexico 2017
Elijah Victoria Symphony Capriccio 2017
Madama Butterfly Florence IT Vedantaow 2016
Pauline (Reprise) Quebec City 2015
Pauline (World Premier) City Opera Vancouver 2014/2015
La Gioconda Calgary Concert Opera 2015
Recital Jubilee Concert Victoria Conservatory of Music 2014
Tosca Highlands Opera Studio 2014
North Starr Concert Chan Centre 2014
Orchestral Tour Il Travatore, China 2014/2015
Puccini Concert City Opera Vancouver 2014
Gala Concert Jeunes Ambassadeur, Montreal 2013/2012
Tosca Opera Wroclawska, Poland 2013
Viva Verdi Concert City Opera Vancouver 2013


Sophie Nigredo Hotel Vancouver City Opera 2018
Cio-Cio San Madama Butterfly Vedantaow Opera 2016
Eva Johnson Pauline Quebec City 2015
Gioconda La Gioconda Calgary Concert Opera 2015
Eva Johnson Pauline Studio 2014
Floria Tosca Tosca Highlands Opera Studio 2014
Floria Tosca Tosca Opera Wroclawska 2013
Donna Elvira Don Giovanni Oper Vivace 2012
Countess Le Nozze di Figaro Astoria Music Festival 2011
Countess Le Nozze die Figaro Weimar Opera Studio 2011


Jeunes Ambassadeurs Laureate 2013
Czech Prize Winner 2012
Concorso Internazionale per Cantanti Lirici di Alcamo - Bursary Prize Winner 2012
Astoria Young Artist Program 2011
Gordon Wallace Opera Competition Winner 2008


Richard Margison, Judith Forst, Barbara Bonney, Christine Riel, Nancy Argenta, Ingrid Attrot, Rebecca Hass, Timothy Noble


Kinza Tyrell Schmidt-Paborn, Robert Holliston, David Boothroyd, Miloš Repický


Noel Koran, Michael Cavanaugh, Tom Diamond


Daniel Lipton, Miloš Repický, Robert Ashens, Olaf Storbeck


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Press Reviews

Wroclaw Gazeta:

[…]Her 2013 European debut of Tosca with Opera Wrolawska was victorious; she conveyed a deep emotion and rich and unique vocal tones[…]

Opera Canada:

[…]Vardy nailed the role of Sophie with pinpoint accuracy, from the brazenly audacious delivery of her witty bon mots to the aging but still-sexy-and-knows-it-all hotel proprietress[…]


[…]Vardy’s Sophie is an unusual character, at times contemptible,slovenly, threatening or soothing. She starts off with one liners that sets the character up as the unkempt, apathetic hotelkeeper, and her menace, and eventually her true nature comes out. While it takes some time for vardy to sing more than the occasional interjections or acerbic remarks, when she finally does, it is beautiful, and brings out so much more about Sophie’s character as she devolves into becoming far more than she appears[…]

Opera Canada:

[…]Sarah Vardy, as Pauline’s overbearing sister Eva, sang her role so convincingly that everyone disliked her intensely.[…]

Saskatoon Star Pheonix:

[…]Miss Vardy is acclaimed for her emotional yet unaffected vocal quality, ringing out with true clear voice…[…]

Opera Canada:

[…]Sung with catty and self righteous intensity-just what the part needed.[…]

Saskatoon Star Pheonix:

[…]She stands out wherever she sings with a combination of vocal passion and rich characterization.[…]

Vancouver Classical Music:

[…]Sarah Vardy’s keen sense of comedic timing and quirky stage presence brought strong tangibility to her portrayal of the bizarre hotelier Sophie. In her hands the character came across as simultaneously inscrutable, disdainful,willful, petulant, and menacing[…]

Press Articles

Nigredo Hotel

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