Sarah-jane Brandon

Sarah-jane Brandon

Lyric Soprano

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«"One of tomorrow's great divas..."»
«"The evenness of Brandon's tone is remarkable, so too is the creaminess of her top notes, beautifully sustained and projected"»
«"I have rarely heard “Dove Sono” sung with more affecting purity; her Contessa is also a perfectly judged portrait of a gracious and spirited woman humiliated."»
2017Offenbach: Les Contes d'HoffmannAntonia
2017Zemlinsky: Der ZwergDonna Clara
2016Mahler: Symphony No. 8, E-flat major (Symphony of a Thousand)Soprano I
2016Schubert LiederSoprano
2016Bellini: I Capuleti e I MontecchiGiulietta
2015Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroContessa d'Almaviva
2013Verdi: OtelloDesdemona
2012Bizet: CarmenMicaëla
2011Mozart: RequiemSoprano
2011Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFiordiligi
2000Mozart: Die ZauberflötePamina
2000Mahler: Symphony No. 4, G majorSoprano solo


Winner of the 2009 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, soprano Sarah-Jane Brandon studied at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the Royal College of Music, and was a participant on the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project in 2011.

In the 2016/17 season, Sarah-Jane will return to the Semperoper Dresden for her role debut as Antonia in a new production by Johannes Erath of Les contes d’Hoffmann; she will reprise her acclaimed performance as Contessa Le nozze di Figaro conducted by Omer Meir Wellber and she will make her debut at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon as Micaela Carmen; returning for Donna Clara in a new production of Der Zwerg.

Sarah-Jane has recently appeared as Contessa Le nozze di Figaro in a new production for the Dresden Semperoper, as well as for the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland, on tour for Aix En Provence Festival in Bahrain and at English National Opera in a production directed by Fiona Shaw. Sarah-Jane made her first foray into the Bel Canto repertoire as Giulietta I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Buxton Festival in the Summer of 2016, and made her debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid in performances of Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato for the Mark Morris Dance Group conducted by Jane Glover.

In recent seasons, Sarah-Jane operatic appearances have included Micäela Carmen for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Contessa Le nozze di Figaro for Glyndebourne, Opéra de Dijon and Opera-Theatre de Saint-Etienne; Pamina in a new production of Die Zauberflöte for the Opéra de Nice; Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and Desdemona Otello for Cape Town Opera.

Last season Sarah-Jane’s concert appearances included a tour of the Netherlands with the BBCSO and Martyn Brabbins, performing Howell’s Hymns Paradisi; Mahler’s 8th Symphony conducted by Omer Meir Wellber at the Dresden Music Festival with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; she appeared with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in Budapest and Abu Dhabi; and has appeared in concert with the Munich Radio Orchestra and for the Classical Opera Company. In recital Sarah-Jane has appeared at the Wigmore Hall with James Baillieu; at the Buxton Festival and Haddo House, Scotland with Audrey Hyland, at the Portico Opening Festival, Northern Ireland with Gary Matthewman and at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris with Christopher Glynn.

Further concert engagements have included Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; her debut at the Concertgebouw in Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra; Viennese Gala Concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Rösner; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Sir Roger Norrington; Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner; Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sylvain Cambreling, and appearances at the Edinburgh Festival with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis; the Mozarteum Orchestra and Ivor Bolton; the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Kurt Masur; the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko and with the London Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink.

In recital her appearances include Trinity College Cambridge and the Leeds Lieder Festival with Malcolm Martineau; the Musée d’Orsay and Birmingham’s Barber Institute with Simon Lepper; the Wigmore Hall and the Buxton, Hay-on-Wye and Oxford Lieder Festivals with Gary Matthewman. She features on the Complete Poulenc Edition accompanied by Graham Johnson which was recently released by Hyperion Records.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann Antonia Immediately Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden und Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Semperoper) 2017
Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg Donna Clara No Teatro Nacional de São Carlos 2017
Mahler: Symphony No. 8, E-flat major (Symphony of a Thousand) Soprano I Immediately Dresdner Musikfestspiele 2016
Schubert Lieder Soprano Immediately BBC Radio 3 2016
Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi Giulietta Immediately Buxton Festival Opera 2016


Kathleen FERrier award
Queen Elizabeth, queen mother rosebowl
second prize, veronica dunne competition