Sarah Thompson Johansen (Helen) is quickly establishing herself as a passionate performer and a young artist to watch in the Chicago area and throughout the Midwest. Sarah is also a keen explorer and collaborator within the world of new classical vocal works being created by contemporary working composers. Recently, Sarah performed the role of Zina in the Midwest premiere of Dark Sisters with Third Eye Theatre Ensemble, and was featured in the role of Lisbe in Zémire et Azor with Milwaukee’s Skylight Music Theatre. Other recent roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni with The Floating Opera Company, Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica with Opera West, and performances with Thompson Street Opera Company in Phillip Thompson’s new opera The Final Battle for Love, The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s Princess Ida, and The Savoyaires’ H.M.S. Pinafore. She is also featured regularly with Opera on Tap Chicago, and was a founding member of Des Moines opera collective Opera Eight.
Sarah earned a Master of Arts in Voice/Opera from the University of Iowa, where she studied under soprano Rachel Joselson, and a Bachelor of Arts from Central College. She currently studies voice with Pamela Hinchman of Northwestern University.
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