Desert Island Discs

Dame Sarah Connolly, shares the eight discs, book and luxury item she would want with her if cast away on a desert island. With Lauren Laverne. Click here to listen.

'What is there to be proud of at the moment, given this mess?'

Dame Sarah Connolly talks to Andrew Green at Classical Music, on the impact of Brexit on musicians. Click here to read article.

Dame Sarah Connolly podcast interview with Christina Patterson

“I fell in love with Handel opera after seeing Dame Sarah in Giulio Cesare. It was a huge honour to talk to her on my podcast WORK INTERRUPTED about why we need music, how she got her “balls of steel” and what happened when cancer collided with a pandemic.” - Christina says on Twitter. Click here to listen to the podcast in full.



'My True Love Hath My Heart' Dame Sarah Connolly, Malcolm Martineau (piano) voted among top 35 vocal albums of the decade - Platea Magazine

An album of English song recorded by Dame Sarah Connolly and Malcolm Martineau (piano) has been named as one of the best vocal albums of the last decade. Click here to read the full article.




Born in County Durham, Sarah Connolly studied piano and singing at the Royal College of Music, of which she is now a Fellow.  She was made a DBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours, having previously been made a CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours.  In 2011 she was honoured by the Incorporated Society of Musicians and presented with the Distinguished Musician Award. She is the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2012 Singer Award.


Highlights in Dame Sarah’s 2018/19 season include Fricka Das Rheingold and Die Walküre for the Royal Opera and in Das Rheingold,  Teatro Réal in Madrid.

On the concert platform, her engagements include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Jurowski & London Philharmonic Orchestra/Jurowski), his Symphony No. 8 (Wiener Symphoniker/Jordan), Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Orchestre national de Paris/Saraste) and Tippet’s A Child of our Time (Orchestre de Paris/Adès).

Dame Sarah also curates a Residency at Wigmore Hall in the 2018/19 season and gives recitals for the Schubertíada a Vilabertran, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.



  • Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme | Tutor
    24 Oct, 19:00
    Snape, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape Bridge, Snape IP17 1SP, UK
    21st - 24th October 2021, Dame Sarah Connolly will host a masterclass with the artists of the BPYAP programme in Snape.
  • Das Lied von der Erde | Mahler
    11 Nov, 19:30
    London, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX, UK
    Sarah Connolly | Mezzo-soprano Andreas Schager | Tenor Xian Zhang | Conductor Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • Recital
    Sala Domènech i Montaner
    14 Nov, 20:00
    Sala Domènech i Montaner, Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025 Barcelona, Spain
    Dame Sarah Connolly | Mezzo-Soprano Julius Drake | Piano


““Sarah Connolly's Fricka curdled from a sensual, frustrated young wife into someone capable of using physical affection like a poisoned needle.”.”


Die Walküre | Wagner | Royal Opera House

Richard Bratby, The Spectator

“…it’s to Sarah Connolly’s and pianist Joseph Middleton’s enormous credit that they created such an eloquent lunchtime recital packed with 18 short songs, almost every one of which rewarded their time and the audience’s rapt attention.“

BBC Proms recital with Joseph Middleton  | Cadogan Hall​

David Benedict, The Arts Desk

“Sarah Connolly joins Martineau for the final third of the disc in La chanson d’Ève. It is certainly worth the wait, for Connolly is at her best, capturing the controlled, yet rapturous passion of this achingly beautiful cycle.”

Fauré La chanson d’Ève With Malcolm Martineau | (Signum CD)​

Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine


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