Lyric soprano Sarah Cambidge is debuting at LVO [Livermore Valley Opera] in her role as Amelia...In “Ma dall’arido stelo divulsa,” the first of Cambidge’s two big arias, she invokes God’s help with high B-flats and a high C ... In Act III, she has to tame those emotions in her aria “Morro, ma prima in grazia” where Amelia somberly pleads with her husband to let her see her son one last time. In both arias, Cambidge jumps almost three octaves, deserving a standing ovation in its own right, which the LVO audience delivered in rousing fashion.
Amelia’s soliloquy showcases the remarkably powerful yet mellifluous voice of Sarah Cambidge. The soprano pulls out all stops in her mournful aria “Ma dall’arido stelo divulsa” as she prays to overcome her conflict.
The audience favorites were surely the largest voices. Soprano Sarah Cambidge's 'Morrò, ma prima in grazia' (Un Ballo in Maschera) rang through the house. The aria highlighted her sweeter, softer tones as well as her resounding loud notes, and it gave her a chance to prove that she carries her vocal power throughout her range.
Sarah Cambidge and Brad Walker shone in a duet from Verdi’s The Masked Ball, and Cambidge sang memorably the title role in a duet from Strauss’ Arabella against Andrew Manea’s Mandryka.
Soprano Sarah Cambidge and heldentenor Kyle van Schoonhoven were a commanding Elsa and Lohengrin; she is a fully fledged Wagnerian, a Brünnhilde-in-waiting.
Arguably, the biggest guns were brought out for ... the second half of the bill, Canadian soprano Sarah Cambidge (Elsa) and tenor Kyle van Schoonhoven (Lohengrin) from Lockport, NY filled their taxing responsibilities with apparent ease … he thrilled with his full-throated and sweet tone. Cambidge matched him with a bright voice, free of shrillness and charged with emotion.
She gave a versatile and commanding performance with her depiction ranging from that of a vulnerable buoyant girl to a woman disillusioned by the wrongdoings of society. Her powerful and agile soprano voice carried her through the range of songs with ease and passion.