Sarah sings Zerbinetta as Guest Artist with A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute

Spring 2017

Sarah travels to the USA to sing the role of Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos as a guest artist with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute.

Sarah Labiner as Zerbinetta. Photo: Peter Mueller


“The coloratura writing in her long and outrageously difficult aria outdoes all other such roles by other composers. And Ms. Labiner outdoes herself (and most rivals) with her extraordinary lightness of movement and clarity of pitch.”

(Peter Perret, Classical Voice of North Carolina) Read the full review here.

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“The audience gets the benefit of Labiner’s gloriously nimble coloratura voice and sly humor. A UNCSA alumna, Labiner (‘09) does her alma mater proud.”

(Lynn Felder, Winston-Salem Journal) Read the full review here.

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Zerbinetta (Labiner) sends Harlekin (René) back to serenade Ariadne. With Scaramuccio (Wright), Truffaldin (Butterman), Brighella (Maize), and Najade (Farrar). Photo: Peter Mueller

Sarah is an alumna of the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree and sang roles including Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and Clarice (Il mondo della luna) with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute before completing further training at the Royal College of Music and the English National Opera. Sarah has previously sung Zerbinetta’s aria in scenes with the English National Opera’s Opera Works programme at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London.


The A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute production is directed by Steven LaCosse and conducted by guest conductor David Effron.


Zerbinetta (Labiner) With Komponist (Lindsay Mecher). Photo: Peter Mueller



Performance Dates:

19 April 2017: 7:30pm

21 April 2017: 7:30pm

23 April 2017: 2:00pm





Click here for more info and a short interview with Sarah about the opera.

More Production Photos:

Zerbinetta (Labiner) with Harlekin (Andrew René) and Truffaldin (Karl Butterman). Photo: Peter Mueller


Zerbinetta (Labiner) and Komponist (Mecher). Photo: Peter Mueller


The Commedia Troupe: Zerbinetta (Labiner), Scaramuccio (Jacob Wright), Harlekin (René), Truffaldin (Butterman), and Brighella (David Maize). Photo: Peter Mueller


Zerbinetta (Labiner) with Musiklehrer (Cameron Jackson) and Tanzmeister (Jacob Wright). Photo: Peter Mueller


Ariadne (Jenny Schuler), Dryade (Sara Roberts), Najade (Anyeé Farrar), Zerbinetta (Labiner), Harlekin (René), and Truffaldin (Butterman). Photo: Peter Mueller


Ariadne (Schuler) sulks whilst Truffaldin (Butterman), Scaramuccio (Wright), Harlekin (René), and Zerbinetta (Labiner) dance. Photo: Peter Mueller


Zerbinetta (Labiner) mocks Ariadne (Schuler). Photo: Peter Mueller