Sarah Labiner

Sarah Labiner

Coloratura Soprano

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«AS ZERBINETTA: “MS. LABINER OUTDOES HERSELF (AND MOST RIVALS) WITH HER EXTRAORDINARY LIGHTNESS OF MOVEMENT AND CLARITY OF PITCH.”»
Peter Perret, Classical voice of north carolina (2016)
«AS ZERBINETTA: “THE AUDIENCE GETS THE BENEFIT OF LABINER’S GLORIOUSLY NIMBLE COLORATURA VOICE AND SLY HUMOUR.”»
LYNN FELDER, WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL (2016)
«"SARAH LABINER (IN HER PROFESSIONAL DEBUT) MADE A VIVID IMPRESSION AS JANO, TRIUMPHANT AT HAVING LEARNT TO READ."»
RUSS MCDONALD, OPERA MAGAZINE SEPT 2016 (2016)
2017Offenbach: Les Contes d'HoffmannOlympia
2017Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosZerbinetta
2017Britten: A Midsummer Night's DreamTytania
2016Janáček: JenůfaJano
2016Berg: Lulu (1935)15-year-old Girl
2016Bernstein: Mass, A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and DancersSoprano soloist
2016Janáček: JenůfaJano / Jana
2016Berg: Lulu (1935)Eine Fünfzehnjährige (A fifteen-year-old girl)
2015Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilègesThe Fire
2014Massenet: WertherSophie (cover)
2009Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165Soprano
2008Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb festival cantata for trumpet ATB soloists chorus and organ Op.30Soprano soloist
2008Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (German Requiem)Soprano soloist
2008Handel: Messiah, HWV 56Soprano soloist
2007Vivaldi: Gloria, RV 589, D majorSoprano soloist
2005Haydn: Il mondo della lunaClarice
2004Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreAdina
2004Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48, D minorSoprano soloist

Bio

Known for her effervescent energy, shimmering high notes,  and "sweet lyrical voice" (Plays to See), coloratura soprano Sarah Labiner is one to watch as she quickly rises onto the European opera scene with her "gloriously nimble coloratura voice" (Winston-Salem Journal). She recently made her debut with the English National Opera where she "made a vivid impression" (Opera Magazine) as Jano in Jenufa and was hailed as "lively" (Planet Hugill) and "outstanding" (Opera-Világ). She returned to ENO in the autumn of 2016 as 15-year-old Girl in the new Kentridge-directed production of Lulu, and is currently singing Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos as a guest artist with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, where "Ms. Labiner outdoes herself (and most rivals) with her extraordinary lightness of movement and clarity of pitch.” (Classical Voice of North Carolina).
Sarah trained with the English National Opera’s Opera Works programme. She earned her Master of Music degree from the Royal College of Music and was a Watson Scholar at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Sarah recently sang Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos- standard version and original 1912 version), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), and Poppea (Agrippina) in scenes with ENO Opera Works. She has sung roles including Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Clarice (Il mondo della luna), and Graduation Girl (Street Scene) with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, Gasparina (La canterina) with the North Carolina School of the Arts, made appearances with Piedmont Opera, and covered the role of Sophie (Werther) at the Grimeborn Festival in London. Other scenes performances include Amore (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Despina (Così fan tutte), and Flora (The Turn of the Screw) with the Royal College of Music, and Asteria (Tamerlano), and Ilia (Idomeneo) with Canta in Italia. Performance venues include the London Coliseum, Bloomsbury Theatre, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, The Travellers Club, The Whitechapel Gallery, The Stevens Center, Fletcher Opera Theatre, Agnes De Mille Theatre, and the Britten Theatre.
As a concert soloist in the USA and UK, Sarah has performed the Brahms Requiem, Schubert Mass in G, Vivaldi Gloria, Fauré Requiem, Bernstein Mass, Mozart Exsultate Jubilate, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Handel Messiah, and Mozart Great Mass in C minor. Song repertoire in recital has included works by Strauss, Debussy, Fauré, Poulenc, Schubert, Wolf, Pasatieri, Argento, Rorem, and Meirion Williams.
Having grown up in the theatre, Sarah has a strong foundation in ballet and dramatic training. Also a keen linguist, she has studied German, Italian, and French, and is currently working to gain further proficiency in Welsh. Sarah takes a particular interest in vocal pedagogy, having written her Master of Music thesis on methods of breath management and support and also having researched and taught workshops on harmonic overtone singing. With a great enthusiasm for musical outreach, Sarah has worked with English National Opera’s Baylis programme as well as helping run workshops at the Royal College of Music and other London events.
Sarah is a Concordia Foundation artist. She has won multiple awards at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition and was awarded a Dean’s Discretionary Grant through the North Carolina School of the Arts to study in Italy with the Canta in Italia programme. Her training with English National Opera’s Opera Works was generously supported by an anonymous sponsor. 



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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann Olympia 1 week Concert Performance: St Martin-in-the-Fields 2017
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos Zerbinetta Immediately Fletcher Opera 2017
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream Tytania 1 week English National Opera ENO Opera Squad 2017
Janáček: Jenůfa Jano Immediately English National Opera 2016
Berg: Lulu (1935) 15-year-old Girl Immediately English National Opera 2016