Grammy-nominated conductor Sara Jobin has a passion for opera, new and American repertoire, and sacred music.
In 2004 she had the honor of making history as the first woman to conduct mainstage subscription performances at San Francisco Opera, conducting Tosca with Carol Vaness and Der fliegende Holländer with Nina Stemme, and has returned to their podium for 16 performances of five different productions since then including Philip Glass' Appomattox and the world premiere production of The Secret Garden. She is Chief Conductor of the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York, Resident Conductor of the Toledo Symphony and Associate Conductor of the Toledo Opera, and has guest conducted the opera companies in Arizona, Pittsburgh, Santa Barbara, Anchorage, Tacoma, and Idaho where she is Music Director of the Made In America series. She has also conducted the Dayton Philharmonic, Symphony Silicon Valley, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the Bochumer Philharmoniker. She has led American operas in Szeged and Avignon and brought one in workshop form to Shanghai. Her first full-length recording, the hilarious Volpone by John Musto, was nominated for a 2010 Grammy for Best Opera Recording. Her discography also proudly includes a Brubeck premiere with beloved mezzo Frederica von Stade. At the Center for Contemporary Opera, she has led productions that include Michael Dellaira’s The Secret Agent; William Mayer’s A Death in the Family, and Hans Werner Henze’s El Cimarrón. Ms. Jobin conducted Brent Michael David’s The Purchase of Manhattan, told from the Native American perspective at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York, and she premiered portions of Shelia Silver’s A Thousand Splendid Suns at the Opera America New Works Forum.
Upcoming and recent engagements include a Bach B Minor Mass in Dachau to honor Noorunisa Inayat Khan; a production of Barbiere with Lyric Opera Baltimore (where she was the first woman to lead an operatic production with that company); concerts with the Toledo Symphony, Kristine McIntyre’s staging of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa with the Toledo Opera, and the premiere of Louis Karchin's Jane Eyre with the Center for Contemporary Opera.
Named a Leonard Bernstein Music Scholar by Harvard College, Jobin tends to defy traditional categories. She earned her black belt in judo on the same day as conducting Beethoven's Fifth Symphony for the first time. She sang for many years in the Glide Ensemble, a gospel choir featured in the movie The Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith, prefers to ride a bicycle for transportation year round, and is looking for more opportunities to conduct sacred music. Tired of operas where the women die victimized by society, Ms. Jobin founded the Different Voice Opera Project in collaboration with Carol Gilligan. www.dvop.info