sally burgess, mezzo soprano

Sally Burgess is vocal Professor at the Royal College of Music, London. She was awarded her FRCM in 2011 and has been a member of the vocal faculty for 12 years. She is a visiting professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has headed their Introduction to Opera ( year 3 ) Studies since 2010.

Sally works with singers worldwide leading the Young Singers Programme for Les Azuriales Opera Festival, Nice for four seasons and returning annually to Moscow in collaboration with London Gates Education. In January 2013 she lead the inaugural Amazwi Omzansi Africa Performing Arts International Festival in Durban, South Africa.

She works with singers at the Royal Opera House on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, at Glyndebourne on the Jerwood Young Artists Programme, for Co-Opera Company, Associated Studios Opera Courses, and with British Youth Opera. Sally has a close relationship with Live Music Now, fronting their vocal and instrumental master class series in the aLuMNi programme. She adjudicates and examines for all UK conservatoires and is a member of the British Voice Association for whom she leads workshops and master classes.

During her long and distinguished career, Sally has made some of the most exciting operatic roles her own, the Sunday Times describing her as “The greatest exponent of Carmen I have ever seen”. Her operatic successes include performances at most of the major opera houses of the world including The Metropolitan Opera, Bayerisches Staatsoper, Munich, Opera National de Bastille, Paris, Opera de Geneve, Switzerland, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. On the concert platform she has collaborated with many esteemed conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Sir Charles Mackerras, Richard Hickox, Vassili Petrenko, Riccardo Chailli, and Daniel Barenboim. Her discography includes her acclaimed portrayals of Judith Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Herodias Salome for Chandos, Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, and three jazz albums (Sally Burgess Sings Jazz, The Other Me, and Happy Talk).