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Sarah Connolly



Sarah Connolly in action.
Sarah Connolly in Die Walküre (Der Ring des Nibelungen), The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2012

English mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly made her Royal Opera debut in 2009 as Dido (Dido and Aeneas) and returned in 2012 to sing Fricka (Der Ring des Nibelungen). In the 2014/15 Season she sings Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde).

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, and now sings for the world's major opera houses. Connolly has appeared frequently with English National Opera, where her roles include 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 at La Scala, Milan, Brangäne, Phèdre (Hippolyte et Aricie) and Giulio Cesare 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, Maria Stuarda for Opera North and Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Agrippina for the Liceu, Barcelona.

Connolly's 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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