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Sarah Connolly

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Sarah Connolly in action.
Sarah Connolly as Jocaste in Oedipe, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

English mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly made her Royal Opera debut in 2009 as Dido (Dido and Aeneas) and has since sung Fricka (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) and Jocaste (Oedipe) for The Royal Opera. She returns in the 2018/19 Season to sing Fricka (Der Ring des Nibelungen).

Connolly was born in Yorkshire and studied piano and singing at the Royal College of Music. She was a member of the BBC Singers for several years before beginning her operatic career with Glyndebourne Chorus 1992–3. She now sings for the world’s major opera houses. Engagements with English National Opera include Countess Geschwitz (Lulu), Medea, Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Dido (The Trojans at Carthage), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) and Handel roles including Agrippina, Serse and Ariodante. Engagements elsewhere include Purcell’s Dido for La Scala, Milan, Brangäne, Phèdre (Hippolyte et Aricie), Giulio Cesare and Gertrude (Hamlet, world premiere) for Glyndebourne Festival, Phèdre for Paris Opéra, Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Clairon (Capriccio) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) and Ariodante for Aix-en-Provence Festival, Lucretia and Orfeo for Bavarian State Opera, Brangäne for Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Fricka for Bayreuth Festival and Ariodante for Dutch National Opera and Vienna State Opera.

Connolly has sung in recital in London, New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Stuttgart and at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh and Schwarzenberg festivals, among others. In concert she has appeared at the BBC Proms, the Lucerne, Salzburg, Tanglewood and Three Choirs festivals, and with leading orchestras around the world. She is a prolific recording artist and has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award.

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News and features

Gramophone Awards 2015 nominations announced

31 July 2015
Gramophone Awards 2015 nominations announced

A number of ROH-affiliated artists have been shortlisted for their recent recordings.

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

2 December 2014
BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.

Importance of Being Earnest composer wins RPS music award

15 May 2013
Importance of Being Earnest composer wins RPS music award

Gerald Barry awarded RPS Music Award for Large-Scale Composition.

Photos

Sarah Connolly as Fricka and John Lundgren as Wotan in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Sarah Connolly as Fricka in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Sarah Connolly

Sarah Connolly as Fricka in Das Rheingold.

Eric Halfvarson as Fafner, Andrew Rees as Froh, Iain Paterson as Fasolt, Bryn Terfel as Wotan, Peter Coleman-Wright as Donner, Stig Andersen as Loge and Sarah Connolly as Fricka

Sarah Connolly as Fricka in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Sarah Connolly as Fricka in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Sarah Connolly as Fricka in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Hubert Francis as Laïos, Nicolas Courjal as the Theban High Priest, Sarah Connolly as Jocaste and members of the Royal Opera Chorus in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Sarah Connolly as Fricka and John Lundgren as Wotan in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Sarah Connolly

Johan Reuter as Oedipe and Sarah Connolly as Jocaste in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Sarah Connolly in Tristan und Isolde, The Royal Opera

Sarah Connolly as Brangäne and Nina Stemme as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde

Sarah Connolly as Brangäne

Sarah Connolly as Brangäne

Nina Stemme as Isolde, Iain Paterson as Kurwenal, Sarah Connolly as Brangäne

Sarah Connolly in Die Walküre (Der Ring des Nibelungen), The Royal Opera

Ann Petersen as Freia, Andrew Rees as Froh, Stig Andersen as Loge, Bryn Terfel as Wotan, Iain Paterson as Fasolt and Sarah Connolly as Fricka

Stig Andersen as Loge, Bryn Terfel as Wotan and Sarah Connolly as Fricka

Sarah Connolly as Fricka and John Lundgren as Wotan in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Sarah Connolly as Fricka in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Sarah Connolly as Fricka in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Sarah Connolly as Jocaste in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Sarah Connolly as Jocaste and Johan Reuter as Oedipe in Oedipe, The Royal Opera

Nina Stemme as Isolde, Sarah Connolly as Brangane and Stephen Gould as Tristan in Tristan und Isolde

Sarah Connolly