Now available on demand, please click here to listen to this recital in full. With regular pianist partner Julius Drake, Dame Sarah Connolly and Emily Berrington offer Dominick Argento’s cycle from Woolf’s posthumously published A Writer’s Diary, which won the composer the Pulitzer Prize in 1975, and Schumann’s moving late settings of texts attributed to Mary Stuart.
Now available on demand, please click here to listen to this recital in full.
Guest blog post by Dame Sarah Connolly on Jessica Duchen's Classical Music Blog.
Dame Sarah Connolly reveals the 'Doctor Who forcefield' method of dealing with nerves on performance days, talks to Sara Mohr-Pietsch about her passion for music education, and describes the experience of being invited to sing in Wagner's Ring Cycle at the famous Bayreuth Festival.
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.
IN THE PRESS
““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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