Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano

Born in county Durham, mezzo-soprano 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. She is the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2012 Singer Award.

In opera, her appearances include Fricka in Das Rheingold & Die Walküre at Covent Garden; Purcell’s Dido at La Scala; Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos and Clairon in Capriccio at the Metropolitan Opera; Gluck’s Orfeo at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich; the title role in Giulio Cesare and Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde at the Glyndebourne Festival; Sesto in La clemenza di Tito and the title role in Ariodante at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Phèdre in Hippolyte et Aricie at the Paris Opera and Nerone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Maggio Musicale in Florence and at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona.

She has also sung Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier for Scottish Opera; Komponist for the Welsh National Opera; the title role in Maria Stuarda and Roméo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Opera North and Octavian, Romeo, Sesto, Agrippina, Xerxes, Ariodante, Ruggiero Alcina, Didon in Les Troyens and the title roles in The Rape of Lucretia and Medea at the English National Opera.

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.  Much in demand with the world’s great orchestras for the great lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire, she works regularly with conductors such as Bolton, Chailly, Colin Davis, Elder, Harding, Herreweghe, Jurowski, Nézet-Séguin and Rattle.

She has appeared in recital at the Wigmore Hall, the Cheltenham Festival and in New York's Alice Tully Hall with Malcolm Martineau; at the Edinburgh Festival with John Horler and at the Wigmore Hall, the Oxford Lieder and Cheltenham Festivals and in Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall with Eugene Asti.

She has recorded prolifically and twice been nominated for a Grammy Award.

Recordings featuring Sarah Connolly