In the 2017–18 season, soprano Sarah Mesko returns to The Metropolitan Opera as the Second Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Ines in Verdi’s Il trovatore, while covering Arsace in Rossini’s Semiramide and Le Prince Charmant in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and makes her Cincinnati Opera debut as Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. Past opera engagements have included Washington National Opera (including as a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program), Houston Grand Opera, and Glimmerglass Festival, and she has given recitals for Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera Center, and at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum. In concert Ms. Mesko has sung Mozart’s Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the Columbus Symphony, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Mercury Baroque. She has been a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop, Jeffrey Thomas and the American Bach Soloists Academy, Aspen Music Festival Chamber Orchestra with Lawrence Renes, Washington National Cathedral Choral Society, and the Arkansas, Fort Smith, and North Arkansas symphony orchestras. In 2009 Ms. Mesko was a national finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, performing with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She has won First Prizes in competitions including those sponsored by the National Society of Arts and Letters, Annapolis Opera, Virginia Opera, Young Texas Artists, Sun Valley Opera, and the Franco-American Vocal Academy. She is among a rare number of singers who have won the Richard F. Gold Career Grant more than once: in 2011 from Washington National Opera, and in 2009 from Central City Opera. A native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Sarah Mesko holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from Rice University and a bachelor’s in vocal and flute performance from the University of Arkansas. She trained in Santa Fe Opera’s highly regarded apprentice program as well as San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program. She is appearing in this concert courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera.