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.
This season she makes her role debut as Fricka Das Rheingold & Die Walküre at Covent Garden and she returns to the English National Opera in the title role of Charpentier's Médée and to the Glyndebourne Festival as Phèdre in a new production of Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie.
Her recent appearances have included Dido Dido & Aeneas at Covent Garden and at La Scala; Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos and Clairon Capriccio at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Phèdre at the Paris Opera; the title role in Giulio Cesare and Brangäne Tristan und Isolde at the Glyndebourne Festival; Sesto La clemenza di Tito at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence; Gluck’s Orfeo and the title role in The Rape of Lucretia at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and Nerone L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona and at the Maggio Musicale in Florence.
She has also sung the title role in Maria Stuarda and Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Opera North; Komponist for the Welsh National Opera and Octavian Der Rosenkavalier for Scottish Opera. A favourite at the English National Opera, her roles there have included Octavian; the title roles in Agrippina, Xerxes, Ariodante and Ruggiero Alcina and Didon Les Troyens.
Her future engagements include leading roles at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, at Covent Garden and for the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
She has appeared in recital in London and New York and her many concert engagements include appearances 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. She Much in demand for the great lyric mezzo repertory, her recent appearances have included the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Sir Colin Davis; the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester with Chailly; the Concertgebouw Orchestra with Harding; L’Orchestre des Champs-Élysées with Herreweghe; the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Jurowski, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Rattle and the Hallé Orchestra with Elder.
She is a prolific recording artist, twice nominated for a Grammy Award.
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