Sarah van der Ploeg is an American lyric soprano, having begun her musical life as a violist. She recently received an MMus with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music (London), under the tutelage of Diane Forlano and Mary Hill; she is now continuing her opera studies at Northwestern University with Theresa Brancaccio and Alan Darling. A Marshall Scholar and a 2008 graduate of Princeton University, where she studied arts policy alongside music performance, Sarah has soloed in London, New York, Vienna and several smaller cities in her home state of New Jersey, with repertoire ranging from opera to oratorio to art song, and even to gospel and jazz.
Roles in scenes and productions have included Mozart’s Figaro (Susanna; Countess; Marcellina), Così fan Tutte (Fiordiligi), and The Magic Flute (First Lady), Puccini's La Boheme (Musetta), Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix (Linda), Barber's Vanessa (Vanessa), Weber’s Die Fledermaus (Ida) and Euryanthe (Euryanthe), Wolf-Ferrari’s La vedova scaltra (Rosaura), Weill's Street Scene (Shirley Kaplan), Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors (Mother), Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience (Patience) and Bernstein’s West Side Story (Maria). She has sung in masterclasses with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (coaching Mozart's 'Contessa' from Figaro), Robert Tear CBE, Susan Ashbaker, Mark Verzatt and Nova Thomas. Sarah has also been featured as soprano soloist in performances of the Mozart Requiem, Faure Requiem, Handel Messiah, and Bach Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio.
Sarah has made her Wigmore Hall recital debut and recently her Royal Albert Hall debut as well, and maintains a close performing relationship as both soloist and violist with London non-profit arts organization Langham Arts. In all her musical work, Sarah searches for ways in which music can bridge cultural boundaries, and seeks opportunities for advocacy and reconciliation through the arts.