sarah connolly, mezzo

Sarah Connolly studied piano and singing at the Royal College of Music, of which she is now a Fellow.  She was made CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.  In 2011 she was honoured by the Incorporated Society of Musicians and presented with the Distinguished Musician Award and she is the recipient of the the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2012 Singer Award.

Highlights in her 2014/15 season include Berlioz' La mort de Cléopâtre (CBSO/Gardner & BBC SO/Sir Andrew Davis), Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius (Mozarteumorchester Salzburg/Bolton), Rossini's Stabat Mater (Leipzig Gewandhausorchester/Chailly) and Mahler's Symphony no. 2 in Carnegie Hall (Philadelphia Orchestra/Nézet-Séguin).  She will also give recitals in London, New York, Amsterdam, Stuttgart and at the Schwarzenberg and Edinburgh Festivals and she returns to Covent Garden for Brangäne Tristan und Isolde.

Notable highlights on the operatic stage have included Fricka Das Rheingold & Die Walküre (Covent Garden); Dido Dido & Aeneas (La Scala); Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos (Metropolitan Opera); Phèdre Hippolyte et Aricie (Paris Opera); the title role in Giulio Cesare and Brangäne Tristan und Isolde (Glyndebourne Festival); Sesto La clemenza di Tito and the title role in Ariodante(Festival d'Aix-en-Provence); Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Charpentier's Médée and Didon Les Troyens for the English National Opera; Gluck’s Orfeo (Bayerische Staatsoper); the title role in Maria Stuarda (Opera North) and Nerone L’Incoronazione di Poppea and the title role in Agrippina (Gran Teatro del Liceu).

Much in demand on the concert platform for the great lyric mezzo repertory she has appeared at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Salzburg, Tanglewood and Three Choirs Festivals and at the BBC Proms where, in 2009, she was a memorable guest soloist at the Last Night.  Recent appearances have also included the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Sir Colin Davis and von Dohnányi; the Filarmonica della Scala with Harding; L’Orchestre des Champs-Élysées with Herreweghe; the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Jurowski and Nézet-Séguin, the Hallé Orchestra with Elder and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Rattle.

She is a prolific recording artist, twice nominated for a Grammy Award.