Sarah Hayashi had long loved Baroque music — the era of Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederic Handel and Henry Purcell.
She sang with the Peabody Children’s Chorus, took voice lessons at Peabody Preparatory and was studying at the Peabody Institute. But it wasn’t until she enrolled in a summer opera training program at Howard Community College six years ago that she recognized her potential in the genre.
“I didn’t realize how much the repertoire and style fit my voice until I sang Belinda in [Purcell’s] ‘Dido and Aeneas,’ ” says the 24-year-old, who grew up in Ellicott City.
That experience in the intensive niche...