Dame Sarah Connolly will join a jury to judge the Song Prize final on the 17th June, 2021. Click here for the full competition schedule.
A chance to watch an intimate recital of Romantic and English song as part of Cheltenham Festivals. Click here to buy tickets.
“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.
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.
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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