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Sarah N. Craft '01

My Work: Below is the plug-in to a sound file my singing of an aria called 'O mio babbino caro' from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.

Major: Italian modified with Music

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Interests/Hobbies: Opera, all things Italian, Dogs, Tennis

Why I Chose Italian: Music has been important to me since I was a little girl and began studying piano and violin and singing in a chorus. I started really focusing on singing in high school, and I think that led to my interest in Italy (the birthplace of opera) and the Italian language, what I feel is the most beautiful and musical language, and the most natural to sing in. In high school I decided to go on a summer program that involved some travelling in Italy and a long homestay in Abruzzo. I fell in love with Italy and the family I stayed with, and I went back to spend the next summer with them. I hadn't yet studied Italian and I knew I wanted to learn the language as soon as I could. I chose Dartmouth in part because of their strong language and abroad programs, and I started off with Italian 1, 2, and 3 my freshman year. I knew I wanted to continue on and major in Italian, and I applied for the FSP in Rome for my junior fall. The FSP was an incredible experience. I had a great host mother and I just loved Rome. By then I had already decided that instead of minoring in music as I had originally planned, I would do a modified major of Italian with music and do a culminating experience that incorporated both of them. I decided to produce and star in a short Italian opera from the eighteenth century, Giambattista Pergolesi's La serva padrona, and accompany it with an Italian thesis paper along with my own English translation of the libretto. I also was an Italian drill instructor for one term at Dartmouth and three summers at Dartmouth's ALPs program which was a great experience.

After graduation in 2001 I spent two years back in New York taking voice lessons and singing professionally with two groups, the Saint Patrick's Cathedral Choir and a small renaissance a cappella ensemble called Pomerium. I also worked in the administration of my old middle and high school, Saint Ann's School, in Brooklyn Heights. In June I got married to a fellow Dartmouth grad, James Lawrie, and we have recently moved to Denton, Texas where I'm just beginning a masters program in vocal performance at the College of Music at the University of North Texas.

Last Updated: 10/8/08