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Dramatic Coloratura Soprano

Dramatic Coloratura Soprano
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2016Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2014Verdi: RequiemSop solo
2013Wagner: Der fliegende HolländerSenta
2013Lehár: Die Lustige WitweHanna Glawari
2013Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70Soprano
2012Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2012Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D minorSoprano
2011Sullivan: The Yeomen of the GuardElsie Maynard
2011Dove: Mansfield ParkMary Crawford
2011Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFiordiligi
2010Puccini: Madama ButterflyCio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)
2010Verdi: La TraviataVioletta Valéry
2010Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Anna
2010Handel: MessiahSoprano
2009Puccini: ToscaFloria Tosca
2000Puccini: Madama ButterflyCio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)

Bio

Sarah studied with Pamela Cook MBE at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. Since graduation, Sarah's career has taken her all over the world, including performances in Europe, the USA and Japan. She has appeared for many opera companies, including Mid-Wales Opera, Carl Rosa Opera, Lyric Opera Dublin, D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, Opera North, Opera Ireland, Pavilion Opera, Focus Opera and City of Birmingham Touring Opera Operatic roles include: Musetta /Mimi (La bohème) Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), The Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Adina (L’elisir D’Amore), Tosca, Violetta (La Traviata), Josephine/Plaintiff (HMS Pinafore/Trial by Jury) Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Madame Butterfly, Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte), Carmen, Gilda (Rigoletto), Elsie Maynard (Yeomen Of the Guard), Anna (The Merry Widow), Mary Crawford (Mansfield Park), Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer). Concert work includes all the major oratorio soprano solos, with appearances in Italy, The Netherlands, Ireland, and all over the UK. Since 2011, Sarah has been the Artistic Director of Heritage Opera, responsible for producing, translating, and directing most of the company’s output. She also directed Turandot (2012), The Elixir of Love (2013) The Magic Flute (2014) Amahl and the Night Visitors (2014) and The Thieving Magpie (2015) for Midland Opera, Birmingham, and in 2015 she took over as Artistic Director of Focus Opera, directing and singing Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and Violetta in La Traviata at Chiswick House, London.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Don Giovanni Donna Elvira Heritage Opera 2016
Verdi: Requiem Sop solo Westmoreland Choral Society 2014
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer Senta Immediately Focus Opera 2013
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe Hanna Glawari Immediately ClassicFEST 2013
Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70 Soprano Wigan Choral Society 2013