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Sarah Connolly

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

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 has since sung Fricka (Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) for The Royal Opera. In the 2015/16 Season she returns to sing Jocaste (Oedipe).

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 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 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.

News and features

Gramophone Awards 2015 nominations announced

Gramophone Awards 2015 nominations announced

31 July 2015

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

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

2 December 2014

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

Importance of Being Earnest composer wins RPS music award

Importance of Being Earnest composer wins RPS music award

15 May 2013

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

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