Heralded for her rich, satiny voice as much as her impeccable characterizations, mezzo-soprano Cindy Sadler is a force to be reckoned with on the operatic scene. Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times called her “wonderful” as Baba the Turk where she “made every phrase count”, and the press raved about her standout performance in which she “surpassed expectations” (NJ Star-Ledger), “made you forget she was a bearded lady … you loved her from the first note” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and “took this role to the bank, to several financial institutions, and then to various jewelers” (Princeton Packet).
The 2012-2013 season brings her return to Opera Idaho as Dame Quickly in Falstaff, and to Austin Lyric Opera as Martha in Faust, debuts with Tula Opera as Marie in The Most Happy Fella and Intermountain Opera as Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette and Handel’s Messiah with the San Antonio Symphony. Additional upcoming engagements include Ellie in Cold Sassy Tree with Sugar Creek Symphony and Song, Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes with Chautauqua Opera, the title role in La Curandera, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance with Portland Opera, and a concert appearance with the Boise Philharmonic for Handel’s Messiah.
Most recently, Ms. Sadler has received acclaim for her “commanding and dramatic” company debut as The Old Baroness in Sarasota Opera’s Vanessa, with special praise for her “rich, low, penetrating mezzo”. As Gertrude in Romeo et Juliette in her company debut at Florida Grand Opera, she was hailed as “terrific and touching, with a powerful voice”, and for her “rich and distinctive voice” and “charming” acting. In her performance as Katisha in Syracuse Opera’s production of The Mikado, she “forged the perfect marriage of acting and vocal expression”; and as the Principessa in San Antonio Opera’s Suor Angelica, she “commanded the stage”. Other critically acclaimed recent engagements her company debut as Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro with Kentucky Opera; Gertrude in Romeo et Juliette with San Antonio Opera; return engagement with the Princeton Festival as Zita in Gianni Schicchi; company debuts as the Marquise of Berkenfield in La fille du regiment with Opera Idaho and the Sugar Creek Festival, and covers of Stephanie Blythe as Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera and Katisha in The Mikado at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Ms. Sadler’s professional debut occurred in 1991 concerts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She went on to win international acclaim for her performances in Arizona Opera’s Ring Cycles in 1996 and 1998, where as the only cast member to sing in all four operas. Ms. Sadler’s operatic repertoire embraces a wide range of comedic and dramatic roles, including Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress, Dame Quickly in Falstaff , the Marquise of Berkenfiled (La fille du regiment), Mrs. Patrick de Rocher (Dead Man Walking), Amneris (Aida), The Old Prioress (Les dialogues des Carmélites), Augusta Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe), Fricka (Die Walküre), Erda (Das Rheingold and Siegfried), Tituba (The Crucible), and Berta (The Barber of Seville). She has performed in venues such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Pacific, Sarasota Opera, Opera Boston, Arizona Opera, Syracuse Opera, Indianapolis Opera, the Hollywood Bowl, Austin Lyric Opera, Fort Worth Opera, the Austin Symphony, Central City Opera, and Chamber Opera Chicago.
An accomplished concert artist and recitalist, Ms. Sadler counts among her repertoire the Beethoven 9th with the Youngstown Symphony, the Verdi Requiem with the Brazos Valley Symphony and many other venues, Elijah with the Choral Arts Society of Austin, TX, Handel’s Messiah with the Austin, San Antonio, and Laredo Symphonies as well as many other venues, the Mozart Coronation Mass with the Laredo Symphony, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and the Bruckner Mass in F Minor with the Austin Civic Chorus, and the Duruflé and Mozart Requiems and the Elgar Sea Pictures with the St. Edward’s University Orchestra. Ms. Sadler is a graduate of the University of Texas, where she studied with veteran Metropolitan Opera star Mignon Dunn. She currently studies with Gregory Lamar. She resides in Austin with her husband, Eric, and their two opera-hating Dachshunds, Samson and Dalila.