Born in County Durham, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly studied piano and singing at the Royal College of Music, of which she is now a Fellow. She was made CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.
In opera, highlights include Purcell’s Dido at La Scala and Covent Garden; Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Clairon (Capriccio) at the Metropolitan Opera; Gluck’s Orfeo at the Bayerische Staatsoper; the title role in Giulio Cesare and Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) at the Glyndebourne Festival; Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Phaedre (Hippolyte et Aricie) at the Paris Opera and Nerone (L’Incoronazione di Poppea) at the Maggio Musicale in Florence and at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona.
She has also sung Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) for Scottish Opera; Komponist for the Welsh National Opera; the title role in Maria Stuarda and Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) for Opera North and Octavian, Romeo, Sesto, Agrippina, Xerxes, Ariodante, Ruggiero (Alcina), the title role in The Rape of Lucretia and Didon (The Trojans) at the English National Opera.
Her many concert engagements include appearances at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Salzburg, Tanglewood and Three Choirs Festivals and at the BBC Proms where, in 2009, she was a memorable guest soloist at the Last Night. Much in demand with the world’s great orchestras for the great lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire, she works regularly with conductors such as Bolton, Chailly, Colin Davis, Elder, Harding, Herreweghe, Jurowski, Nézet-Séguin and Rattle.
She has recorded prolifically and twice been nominated for a Grammy Award.