Sable Strout (She/Hers) is a site-specific Stage Director and Mezzo-soprano originally from Richmond, Maine. She is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Opera in the Pines, an alternative opera company based in Maine committed to reinventing the opera experience. She made her professional operatic debut as Paggio (Rigoletto) with Opera Maine. Sable’s recent performance highlights include: Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with Penn Square Opera, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Tri-cities Opera and Syracuse Opera, and Stéphano in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with Central City Opera. Other notable performance credits include: Flora (La Traviata), Mezzo-soprano soloist (Petite Messe Solennelle), Mercédès (Carmen), Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Giovanna (Rigoletto), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). Past young artist residencies include: Opera Saratoga, Opera Idaho, Central City Opera, Opera on the James, and Charlottesville Opera. Upcoming engagements include: Featured Soloist with the Portland Rossini Club and Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Inland Northwest Opera. Sable holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern Maine, as a student of Ellen Chickering, and a Master of Music from Wichita State University, as a student of Alan Held. As a director Sable’s recent works include The Diary of Anne Frank and Bar Crawl Bohème with Opera in the Pines. Upcoming engagements include: Assistant Directing Bach’s Coffee Cantata with On Site Opera in New York City, completing an Opera Direction Certificate with Ithaca College, and Direction/Production Designer of Opera in the Pines’ 2024 show, yet to be announced.