Vera is a frequent performer in the Boston area, where she was seen as Judith Bluebeard’s Castle, the mezzo soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the MIT concert chorus, and a concert performance of Dominick Argento’s song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf. With the Opera Institute in Boston, Vera performed Flora La Traviata, Almera in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters, the Old Prioress Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Madeline Mitchell in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers. The Boston Music Intelligencer described her portrayal of Mitchell as playing “A convincing diva… able to sing powerfully both operatically and as a Broadway baby,” and from the Bostonist, “Vera Savage was… stunning – a radiant and solid sound that brazenly approached even the most challenging moments of Heggie’s score.” Ms. Savage has spent several summers as a young artist at the Caramoor Music Festival where she covered the title-role Semiramide, Adalgisa Norma, and the title-role Maria di Rohan.
Under acclaimed stage director Tito Capobianco she performed the roles of Donna Elvira Don Giovanni and Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow. Recently Vera placed fourth in Shreveport Opera’s Mary Jacobs Smith “Singer of the Year” competition, was a finalist in the Bel Canto Scholarship’s annual competition, and was a semi-finalist in the “Joy of Singing” art song competition. In past years, Vera was a finalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition, received the top vocal prize in the Arts and Letters Competition in Bloomington, Indiana, and second place in the Bel Canto Foundation of Chicago competition. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music Degree from the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music. Vera is a Jane & Steven Akin Emerging Artist with Boston Lyric Opera for the second consecutive season, where she was awarded this year’s “Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence.” Her 2016-2017 engagements include performances with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Saratoga, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Commonwealth Chorale, and the Berkshire Opera Festival.