"Cindy Sadler was wonderful as Baba the Turk, an exotic bearded lady."
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 2015 season found Ms. Sadler revisiting several signature roles, including her "smartly sung and portrayed" Marquise de Berkenfield in La fille du regiment in her company debut with Mill City Summer Opera; her "amusingly overripe" Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro with the New Orleans Opera Association; and Gertrude in Rom´o et Juliette in a "standout performance" with Austin Opera. She also made her company debut as Mrs. Quickly in Odyssey Opera's Sir John in Love, where Boston Classical Review praised her as a "dark-toned presence". She also stage directed The Magic Flute, with her own new translation of the dialogue, for Spotlight on Opera, a summer program in Austin, TX. Upcoming engagements include reprises of her Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette with Atlanta Opera and Marquise de Berkenfield with Austin Opera. She also will stage direct Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi at the Mediterranean Opera Festival in Caltagirone, Sicily; and Carmen with Spotlight on Opera in San Marcos, TX.
In recent seasons , Ms. Sadler debuted with Portland Opera as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance; the Jacksonville Symphony as Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro; Pine Mountain Music Festival as Mrs. Clancy in Hoiby’s one-woman opera The Italian Lesson; and Opera Piccola San Antonio in The Italian Lesson as well as Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti. She sang her first Prince Orlovksy in Syracuse Opera’s Die Fledermaus, where she was proclaimed, “masterful … commanding and authoritative” (Opera Today) and “an impressive Orlofsky, deftly handling the vocal challenges and also enjoying the comedy” (Taminophile.com). Ms. Sadler also made her professional stage directing debut with Opera Idaho’s critically acclaimed production of Gianni Schicchi, and also directed Syracuse Opera’s Resident Artist production of Little Red Riding Hood. She was lauded for her comedic charm as the “fidgety Mrs. Sedley”, in Chautauqua’s Peter Grimes (Chautauquan Daily), her scene-stealing turn as the “riotously funny, man-hungry Marthe” in Austin Lyric Opera’s Faust (BroadwayWorld.com), and for her ability to make an impression even in a “thankless” role like Marie in The Most Happy Fella (Tulsa World).
Other critically acclaimed performances include 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 & 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. As Zita in Gianni Schicchi at the Princeton Festival, she "not only gave us her excellent singing voice but also turned in a comic acting performance worthy of the best of Max Sennett." (Out in Jersey Magazine). 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”.
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 she "knocked 'em dead" (Kenneth LeFave, Opera News)" with her "opulent mezzo" (Dorothy Stowe, Deseret News) and her dramatic presence: "with Cindy Sadler, a rich-voiced, pungent Earth Goddess, true frisson was achieved" (American Record Guide).
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 Gioacchino Lauro Li Vigni. She resides in Austin with her husband, Eric, and their two opera-hating Dachshunds, Samson and Dalila. Please visit www.CindySadler.com for more information.