Highlights in Sarah Connolly's 2016/17 season include Geschwitz Lulu (English National Opera) and Gertrude in the world premiere of Brett Dean's Hamlet (Glyndebourne Festival). On the concert platform she performs Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius (Berliner Staatskapelle/Barenboim); Fricka Das Rheingold (Boston Symphony Orchestra/Nelsons); Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Hamburg Symphoniker/Tate) and Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 (LPO/ Jurowski) and Das Lied von der Erde (Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Haitink). She will give the opening recital of the Wigmore Hall's 2016/17 season with Malcolm Martineau; as well as recitals in Madrid and Amsterdam with Julius Drake; in Schwarzenberg with Graham Johnson and in Atlanta, San Francisco and New York with Joseph Middleton.
Among her recent appearances is Fricka (Covent Garden & Bayreuther Festspiele); Brangäne Tristan und Isolde (Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival & Festspielhaus Baden-Baden); Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos and Clairon Capriccio (Metropolitan Opera); the title role in Giulio Cesare (Glyndebourne Festival); the title role in Ariodante and Sesto La clemenza di Tito (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence); Purcell’s Dido (La Scala & Covent Garden); Jocaste in Enescu's Œdipe (Covent Garden); Gluck’s Orfeo and the title role in The Rape of Lucretia (Bayerische Staatsoper); Phèdre Hippolyte et Aricie (Paris Opera) and the title role in Agrippina and Nerone L’Incoronazione di Poppea (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 Berlin Philharmonic with Rattle; the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Sir Colin Davis and von Dohnányi; the Filarmonica della Scala with Harding; the Philadelphia Orchestra with Nézet-Séguin; the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg with Bolton; the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester with Chailly, L’Orchestre des Champs-Élysées with Herreweghe and the Hallé Orchestra with Elder.
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.
She is a prolific recording artist, twice nominated for a Grammy Award.
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