Sarah Sweeting

Sarah Sweeting

Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano

Sarah Sweeting draws on her considerable theatrical experience to revel in wickedness and give the likes of Lady Macbeth a run for their money! (Limelight)
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«"SARAh Sweeting's exacting and powerful Ortrud is a Lady Macbeth clinging to the dark elements of the old German Pantheon"»
The Australian (2017)
«"The evil and crazed mezzo soprano, sarah sweeting, conjures with magnificent, threateningly carved and luscious voiced cunningness"»
Herald Sun (2017)
«"It is hard to recall any part of the production that succeeded as powerfully as Ortrud's Entweihte Gotter! exhortation, launched at the audience with sense-heightening aggression"»
Clive O'Connell (2017)
«"Wagnerian voices are hard to come by, so it was not surprising that imports were required, and they were both worth importing. Sarah was a very sexy Venus with a big voice"»
Stagewhispers (2017)
2017Wagner: LohengrinOrtrud
2016Wagner: TannhäuserVenus
2016Mozart: Die ZauberflöteZweite Dame (second Lady)
2014Puccini: Suor AngelicaThe Monitress
2012Verdi: La TraviataAnnina
2010Mozart: Die ZauberflöteDritte Dame (third Lady)
2010Verdi: La TraviataFlora Bervoix
2009Strauss J.: Die FledermausPrince Orlofsky
2007Adamo: Little WomenAlma March

Bio


After critical acclaim and Green Room Nominations for both performances of the roles of Venus and Ortrud (Melbourne Opera), of Tannhauser and Lohengrin, she recently performed the role of Brangane in their highly successful production of Tristan and Isolde in 2018.  She then heads back to the UK for concerts and workshops.

For the 2017 season, she continued her association with Opera Australia, covering roles in Cavalleria Rusticana and King Roger.

Sarah has performed in the UK, France, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Asia, Barbados, Australia, New Zealand and China, over the past 20 years.

Opera Companies
She has appeared with Opera Australia, Melbourne Opera, Opera Holland Park, Opera Queensland, State Opera South Australia, The Australian International Opera Company,  Lyric Opera Dublin, Carl Rosa Opera, London Opera Festival, Jakarta Festival, Travelling Opera UK, Longborough Festival Opera, London City Opera, Macau Music Festival, Holders Barbados Festival, Opera Kernow, Co*Opera, Harbour City Opera and Opera Bites.

Roles
Her roles have included Ortrud, Carmen, Venus, Sieglinde, Liu, Fiordiligi, Countess Almaviva, Donna Elvira, Musetta, First Lady, Second Lady, Third Lady, Le Converse, Zelatrice (Sour Angelica), Orlofsky, La Ciesca,  Alma March in the Australian Premiere of Little Women, Leonora (Il Trovatore), Madama Butterfly, Phoebe (Yeoman of the Guard), Iolanthe, Pitti-Sing, Berta, Sister Lillian (Dead Man Walking, Sydney State Theatre), Suzuki and performed the role of Miss Baggott from the opera The LIttle Sweep at the Hobart Theatre Royal, Tasmania.

Concerts
On the concert platform, Sarah appeared as a soloist at the Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre for the Covent Garden Festival, John McCabe's Notturni Ed Alba at the Westminster Central Hall, Opera performances at the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall London, Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Die Erste Walpurgisnacht (Mendelssohn), with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and with the Tall Poppeas at the Armidale Bach Music Festival.

Performances
Sarah began her performing career treading the boards of London's West End Theatres, including the celebrated Broadway version of The Pirates of Penzance at the London Palladium, in which she sang the roles of Edith and Isobel.

She performed the role of Annina in Opera Australia's inaugural Handa Opera on Sydney's Harbour performance of La Traviata and sang the role of Melissa in the Australian Premiere of La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina for Ondine Productions in Sydney.  She also starred in the opening gala for the Melbourne Fashion Week.

Recordings
La Traviata - Opera Australia
The Mikdao - Carl Rosa Opera
Carmen - Carlton Classics
Notturni ed Alba - BBC

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Brangäne 1 week Melbourne Opera 2018
Wagner: Lohengrin Ortrud Immediately CitiOpera 2017
Wagner: Tannhäuser Venus 1 week CitiOpera 2016
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Zweite Dame (second Lady) Immediately 2016
Puccini: Suor Angelica The Monitress 24 hours 2014

Awards

Greenroom nomination
2017
Green Room Nomination
2018