Artistic Directors: Calland Metts & Sarah Lawrence

Photo by Leslie Plesser.Calland Metts and Sarah Lawrence decided to make Duluth their home after performing with Colder by the Lake in the smash hit, Les Uncomfortables in 2001. They had been living in Chicago, where Cal was singing with regional opera companies and symphonies as well as with the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s chorus, and Sarah was beginning a professional singing career with regional companies, as well.

Since moving to Duluth, they have continued to perform with theatres, opera companies and symphonies around the U.S. Sarah also spent several years on the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera playing the role of Christine.

When Ruth Jacobson founded Lyric Opera of the North, she hired Sarah and Cal to sing the roles of Pamina and Papageno in The Magic Flute. Since then they have appeared with the company in other roles, and after Ruth’s death in winter of 2010, Cal and Sarah were asked to share the role of General Artistic Director for LOON.

Local audiences may have seen Sarah & Cal in last summer’s The Pirates of Penzance at the Bayfront Tall Ships Festival, or maybe Cal tap-dancing as Billy Flynn in the Playhouse’s production of Chicago. They’ve also been seen locally in other Colder by the Lake shows, as soloists with the DSSO, and in Playhouse productions of The Secret Garden and My Fair Lady. For more information about Sarah, please visit