"Mezzo-soprano Sable Strout is a delight."
Sable Strout (mezzo-soprano) is a native of Maine where she made her professional debut as Paggio (Rigoletto) with Opera Maine. Most recently, Sable performed the role of Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Penn Square Opera, and Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette) with Central City Opera. In the 2022/23 season, Sable made her company and role debuts as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) with Tri-Cities Opera and Syracuse Opera, as well as Flora (La Traviata) with Inland Northwest Opera. She also made Concert/Gala appearances with Opera Saratoga, Bare Opera, Central City Opera, and Opera Maine. In the summer of 2022, Sable completed a residency as a festival artist with Opera Saratoga where she performed the mezzo-soprano solos in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and covered the role of Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia). In the 2021/22 season she was an Emerging Artist at Opera Idaho. While in residence she sang the roles of Olga (The Merry Widow), Mercédès (Carmen), and Sister Lillianne (Dead Man Walking). Prior to her arrival in Idaho, Sable was an Apprentice Artist with the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program at Central City Opera, singing the roles of Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Giovanna (Rigoletto), and covering Nettie (Carousel). In the spring of 2021, she made her company and role debut as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Wichita Grand Opera, and had the pleasure of adjudicating the first annual Ellen Chickering award presented by Maine NATS, named in honor of her late voice teacher and mentor.
In the 2019 season, Sable originated the role of Josephine in the New York premiere of Valenti & Luftig's Story of an Hour with Gramercy Opera, and joined Opera on the James as a Tyler Young Artist. In the 2018 season, Sable joined Charlottesville Opera as a Young Artist, singing Lucinda (Into the Woods), and covering the roles of the Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods) and Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro).
Upcoming engagements include: Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Inland Northwest Opera, and a featured soloist with the Portland Rossini Club in their New Year’s Eve Rossini Soirée.
Sable holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern Maine, as a student of Ellen Chickering, and a Master of Music from Wichita State University, where she studied and coached with renowned bass-baritones Alan Held and Samuel Ramey. During her years of study, she took the stage in several staples of the mezzo repertoire including Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Annio (La Clemenza di Tito), Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict), and L’enfant (L’enfant et les sortilèges).
Offstage, Sable is usually found at folk-rock concerts, spending time with friends and family in Portland, or experimenting in the kitchen with new vegan recipes.