But the star of the evening was the young San Francisco soprano Cara Gabrielson ... gave a performance of remarkable grandeur and precision, singing with vibrant color and a beautifully modulated range of expressive techniques; her every contribution to the proceedings was reason to sit up and take notice.
— The San Francisco Chronicle

In 2017-2018, Soprano Cara Gabrielson was the Oregon District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and made her San Francisco Symphony debut as the Soprano Soloist in Bach’s Magnificat and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. This season she will play the role of Elisena in Giovanni Porta’s Ifigenia in Aulide with Ars Minerva and is the Soprano Soloist in Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Clark College Orchestra. This summer she will attend the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Castiglione, Italy and also perform at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival in Toronto, Canada. Next season she looks forward to joining Opera Idaho’s Young Artist Program where she will sing the title role in Acis & Galatea, sing Pousette and cover the title role in Manon, cover Mimì in La bohème and sing Sister Catherine in Dead Man Walking.

As a recitalist she has been presented by the Portland Opera Guild, Berkeley Piano Club and the pop-up opera performance troupe, Opera on the Spot. Her concert repertoire includes Carmina Burana with Resonance Concert Series in Berkeley, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra as the Winner of their Concerto Competition, and Poulenc’s Gloria with Portland Youth Philharmonic. Last year, Cara was the recipient of the Encouragement Award and General Director’s Award at the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition and received an Encouragement Award from the San Francisco District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Cara also holds awards from the Henry & Maria Holt Memorial Scholarship Competition, East Bay Opera League Competition, Dorothy Van Waynen Voice Competition, and Pacific Musical Society Competition.

As a Studio Artist with Opera Saratoga, she sang Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas) and covered Clorinda (La Cenerentola). Bay area performances have included Norina (Don Pasquale) with Pocket Opera, Jocasta (Le Amazzoni) with Ars Minerva, and the Foreign Woman (The Consul) with Berkeley Chamber Opera. Favorite roles performed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music include Musetta (La bohème), Atalanta (Serse), Nerone (Agrippina), The Rose (The Little Prince) and Drusilla (L'incoronazione di Poppea). 

Cara graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with her Master and Bachelor of Music degrees. She is an alumna of Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist's Vocal Academy, the International Vocal Arts Institute, and held a fellowship at the SongFest Young Artist Program. She is a student of César Ulloa. Cara is a native of Portland, OR and currently resides in San Francisco. Her hobbies include furniture store thrifting, interior design, hiking, and discovering cozy coffee shops.

Cara Gabrielson brought a big, rich, and flexible soprano to Elisena, easily encompassing her character’s jealousy, seductiveness, and rage.
— San Francisco Classical Voice
The role of the “other” princess, Elisena, was sung by soprano Cara Gabrielson with such splendor that she stole the show every time she appeared...with her facial expressions and mannerisms, not to mention bold expressive voice, Gabrielson brought the character to life.
— Parterre Box