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Walker, Sarah (mezzo-soprano)
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Sarah Walker (mezzo-soprano)

Sarah Walker began her musical life as a violinist at the Royal College of Music in London and subsequently studied singing with Vera Rozsa, with whom she has built up a wide repertoire ranging from Bach to twentieth-century works by composers such as Berio, Boulez, Cage, Henze, Ligeti, Copeland and Ives.

Miss Walker is much in demand on the concert platform worldwide and has worked with Ozawa, Davis, Mackerras, Solti, Norrington, Boulez, Rozhdestvensky, Masur, Harnoncourt and Rattle. She appears regularly with the major British orchestras and at the major British and European festivals. She was a memorable soloist at the Last Night of the Proms and sang under the late Leonard Bernstein in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Berlin to celebrate the opening of the Berlin Wall (televised worldwide and recorded by Deutsche Grammophon).

She is closely associated with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she has sung Baba the Turk in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress (recorded for Decca), Charlotte (Werther), Mrs Sedley (Peter Grimes) and new productions of Sallinen's The King Goes Forth To France, Maxwell-Davies' Taverner, Le Nozze di Figaro and Handel's Samson. With English National Opera her many roles include Mary Stuart, Charlotte, the Countess (The Queen of Spades), Cornelia (Julius Caesar), the title role in Britten's Gloriana and Katisha in The Mikado. Her Vienna State Opera debut was as Didon in Les Troyens; she has performed Cornelia in Geneva, Ottavia and Cornelia in San Francisco, Magdalene in Chicago and Cornelia and Micah at the Metropolitan Opera. Her Glyndebourne debut was as Diana in Cavalli's La Calisto and she has since sung Monteverdi's Ottavia, Penelope and Poppea.

Sarah Walker has perhaps received the greatest critical acclaim for her recitals. Since the overwhelming success of her Wigmore Hall debut she has visited all the major European cities and Festivals, the USA, Australia and New Zealand and has made numerous recordings which reflect her vast recital repertoire.

Sarah Walker was made a CBE in the 1991 Queen's Birthday Honours.

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Albums

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CDH55422Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Britten: Complete Purcell Realizations
CDD220582CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Duparc: Songs
CDA66323
Gay: The Beggar's Opera
CDA66591/22CDs Last few CD copies remaining
Jones: The Geisha
CDH55245Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 8 – Sarah Walker
CDJ33008Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Shakespeare's Kingdom
CDA66136Archive Service
The Sea
CDA66165Archive Service
Vaughan Williams: Choral Works
CDS44321/44CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Vaughan Williams: Five Tudor Portraits & Five Mystical Songs
CDH55004Helios (Hyperion's budget label)Download currently discounted
Vaughan Williams: Hugh the Drover
CDD220492CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music, Flos Campi, Mystical Songs
CDA66420
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music, Flos Campi, Mystical Songs
CDA30025Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Schubert: An introduction to The Hyperion Schubert Edition
HYP200Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP202CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

ANONYMOUS - TRADITIONAL
Sail on, sail onwith Roger Vignoles (piano)
The mermaidwith Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
DAVID BAKER (b1931)
Someone is sending me flowerswith Roger Vignoles (piano)
HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803-1869)
La mort d'Ophélie, Op 18 No 2with Graham Johnson (piano)
LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918-1990)
Who am I?with Roger Vignoles (piano)
WILLIAM BOLCOM (b1938)
Lime jello marshmallow cottage cheese surprisewith Roger Vignoles (piano)
ALEXANDER BORODIN (1833-1887)
The sea princesswith Roger Vignoles (piano)
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Die Meere 'The seas', Op 20 No 3with Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976)
Fanciewith Graham Johnson (piano)
GEOFFREY BUSH (b1920)
It was a lover and his lasswith Graham Johnson (piano)
MADELEINE DRING (1923-1977)
Song of a nightclub proprietresswith Roger Vignoles (piano)
HENRI DUPARC (1848-1933)
Au pays où se fait la guerrewith Roger Vignoles (piano)
Chanson tristewith Roger Vignoles (piano)
Élégiewith Roger Vignoles (piano)
Extasewith Roger Vignoles (piano)
La fuitewith Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
La vie antérieurewith Roger Vignoles (piano)
L'invitation au voyagewith Roger Vignoles (piano)
Romance de Mignonwith Roger Vignoles (piano)
Testamentwith Roger Vignoles (piano)
GABRIEL FAURÉ (1845-1924)
Au cimetière, Op 51 No 2with Roger Vignoles (piano)
Les berceaux, Op 23 No 1with Roger Vignoles (piano)
MICHAEL FLANDERS (1922-1975)
A word on my earwith Roger Vignoles (piano)
JOHN GAY (1685-1732)
The Beggar's Operawith The Broadside Band, Jeremy Barlow (conductor)
GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937)
Blah blah blahwith Roger Vignoles (piano)
Boy, what love has done to me!with Roger Vignoles (piano)
They all laughedwith Roger Vignoles (piano)
Three times a daywith Roger Vignoles (piano)
PERCY GRAINGER (1882-1961)
Willow, willowwith Graham Johnson (piano)
JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809)
The mermaid's song, Hob XXVIa:25with Roger Vignoles (piano)
MERVYN HORDER (1910-1998)
Under the greenwood treewith Graham Johnson (piano)
JOSEPH HOROVITZ (b1926)
Lady Macbeth – A Scenawith Graham Johnson (piano)
JEROME KERN (1885-1945)
Billwith Roger Vignoles (piano)
LIZA LEHMANN (1862-1918)
There are fairies at the bottom of our gardenwith Roger Vignoles (piano)
JEREMY NICHOLAS (b1947)
Place Settingswith Roger Vignoles (piano)
Usherette's Blueswith Roger Vignoles (piano)
SIR HUBERT PARRY (1848-1918)
Willow, willow, willowwith Graham Johnson (piano)
COLE PORTER (1891-1964)
The Tale of the Oysterwith Roger Vignoles (piano)
Where, oh where?with Roger Vignoles (piano)
FRANCIS POULENC (1899-1963)
Fancy, FP174with Graham Johnson (piano)
HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695)
Lost is my quiet for ever, Z502with Susan Gritton (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Mad Bess, Z370with Graham Johnson (piano)
Saul and the witch at Endor, Z134with John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Simon Keenlyside (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)
What can we poor females do?, Z518with Susan Gritton (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
EDMUND RUBBRA (1901-1986)
Take, O take those lips away, Op 22 No 1with Graham Johnson (piano)
CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921)
La mort d'Ophéliewith Graham Johnson (piano)
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG (1874-1951)
Aria from 'The Mirror of Arcady'with Roger Vignoles (piano)
Gigerlettewith Roger Vignoles (piano)
The Satisfied Loverwith Roger Vignoles (piano)
FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Abendlied der Fürstin, D495with Graham Johnson (piano)
An Chloen, D462with Graham Johnson (piano)
An den Mond in einer Herbstnacht, D614with Graham Johnson (piano)
An den Mond, D259with Graham Johnson (piano)
An Silvia 'Gesang an Silvia', D891with Graham Johnson (piano)
Bertas Lied in der Nacht, D653with Graham Johnson (piano)
Die frühen Gräber, D290with Graham Johnson (piano)
Die Mondnacht, D238with Graham Johnson (piano)
Die Nonne, D208with Graham Johnson (piano)
Die Perle, D466with Graham Johnson (piano)
Die Sommernacht, D289with Graham Johnson (piano)
Erlkönig, D328with Graham Johnson (piano)
Hochzeitslied, D463with Graham Johnson (piano)
In der Mitternacht, D464with Graham Johnson (piano)
Romanze, D114with Graham Johnson (piano)
Ständchen, D920with Graham Johnson (piano)
Stimme der Liebe, D418with Graham Johnson (piano)
Trauer der Liebe, D465with Graham Johnson (piano)
Wiegenlied, D498with Graham Johnson (piano)
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958)
Serenade to Musicwith English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor), Elizabeth Connell (soprano), Amanda Roocroft (soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Martyn Hill (tenor), Maldwyn Davies (tenor), Anne Dawson (soprano), Linda Kitchen (soprano), Alan Opie (baritone), Gwynne Howell (bass), Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano), John Connell (bass)
GEOFFREY WRIGHT (b1959)
Transatlantic Lullabywith Roger Vignoles (piano)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A fox may steal your hens, sir (Peachum)  
A prisoner to rapture by arduous duty pressed  
A song for the Lord Mayor's table (Walton)
A word on my ear (Flanders/Swann)
Abendgewölke schweben hell  
Abendlied  
Abendlied der Fürstin, D495 (Schubert)
Alle Winde schlafen auf dem Spiegel der Flut  
Among the men, coquets we find (Polly/Lucy)  
An Chloen, D462 (Schubert)
An den Mond in einer Herbstnacht, D614 (Schubert)
An den Mond, D259 (Schubert)
An Silvia 'Gesang an Silvia', D891 (Schubert)
Aria from 'The Mirror of Arcady' (Schoenberg)
Au bord d'un torrent Ophélie  
Au cimetière, Op 51 No 2 (Fauré)
Au firmament sans étoile  
Au pays où se fait la guerre (Duparc)
Auf Morgen ist Sankt Valentins Tag  
Auprès d'un torrent Ophélie  
Bei der Liebe reinsten Flammen  
Bertas Lied in der Nacht, D653 (Schubert)
Bill (Kern)
Blah blah blah (Gershwin/Vignoles)
Boy, what love has done to me! (Gershwin/Connolly)
Chanson triste (Duparc)
Come to me in the night time, oh youthful wayfarer!  
Dans l'ennui si désolément vert  
Dans ton cœur dort un clair de lune  
De fleurs  
De grève  
De rêve  
De soir  
Der Abend rötet nun das Tal  
Die Fensterscheibe  
Die frühen Gräber, D290 (Schubert)
Die Meere 'The seas', Op 20 No 3 (Brahms)
Die Meerfee  
Die Mondnacht, D238 (Schubert)
Die Nonne, D208 (Schubert)
Die Perle, D466 (Schubert)
Die Sommernacht, D289 (Schubert)
Die Weiden lassen matt die Zweige hangen  
Dimanche sur les villes  
Dites, la jeune belle  
Down by the sea lived a lonesome oyster  
Ein Fräulein klagt’ im finstern Turm  
Élégie (Duparc)
English Lyrics II (Parry)
Epitaph on John Jayberd of Diss  
Erlkönig, D328 (Schubert)
Es ging ein Mann zur Frühlingszeit  
Es liebt’ in Welschland irgendwo  
Extase (Duparc)
Fairest isle  
Fancie (Britten)
Fancy, FP174 (Poulenc)
Five Tudor Portraits. A Choral Suite in five movements (Vaughan Williams)
Fräulein Gigerlette asked me round last night  
Freundlich ist dein Antlitz  
From silent shades and the Elysian groves  
Füllest wieder Busch und Tal  
Fünf Heitere Gesänge, Op 125 (Schumann)
Funny, the thoughts I have at night  
Gigerlette (Schoenberg)
Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be  
Guten Morgen, 's ist Sankt Valentinstag  
Helle Silberglöcklein klingen aus der luft vom meer  
Here, a sheer hulk, lies poor Tom Bowling  
Herzeleid  
Heureux qui meurt ici  
Hochzeitslied, D463 (Schubert)
How blest are shepherds  
How can a man know where to start  
How cruel are the traitors (Lucy/Macheath)  
How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!  
Hugh the Drover (Vaughan Williams)
I fetch his slippers, fill up the pipe he smokes  
I often ask, because I feel I've every right to know  
I used to dream that I would discover the perfect lover some day  
I walked into the nightclub in the morning  
I work at the Palace Cinema  
Ich stand gelehnet an den Mast  
If I had my way I'd trail you night and day  
If love the virgin's heart invade (Mrs Peachum/Peachum)  
In der Mitternacht, D464 (Schubert)
In guilty night, and hid in false disguise  
It was a lover and his lass (Bush)
I've written you a song, a beautiful routine  
J'ai longtemps habité sous de vastes portiques  
Jane Scroop, Her Lament for Philip Sparrow  
Jolly Rutterkin  
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z628 (Purcell/Britten)
La fuite (Duparc)
La mort d'Ophélie (Saint-Saëns)
La mort d'Ophélie, Op 18 No 2 (Berlioz)
La nuit a des douceurs de femmes!  
La vie antérieure (Duparc)
Ladies, the minutes will soon be read today  
Lady Macbeth – A Scena (Horovitz)
Le connais-tu ce radieux pays  
Le long du quai les grands vaisseaux  
Le long du quai, les grands vaisseaux  
Les berceaux, Op 23 No 1 (Fauré)
Let us take the road (Matt)  
L'île inconnue 'The unknown island'  
Lime jello marshmallow cottage cheese surprise (Bolcom)
L'invitation au voyage (Duparc)
Lost is my quiet for ever, Z502 (Purcell/Britten)
Mad Bess, Z370 (Purcell/Britten)
Mon enfant, ma sœur  
Music for a while  
My dear lady's cat is a charming creature  
My heart was so free (Macheath/Polly)  
Nacht umhüllt  
New York skyscrapers are sleeping  
No longer mourn for me  
No, resistance is but vain  
Now the dancing sunbeams play  
Nuits d'été (Berlioz)
O mistress mine  
O 'twas on the broad Atlantic  
Oedipus, Z583 (Purcell/Britten)
Oh! ne murmurez pas son nom!  
Ophelia-Lieder, WoO22 (Brahms)
Pageant of Empire (Elgar)
Place Settings (Nicholas)
Pour que le vent te les apporte  
Pretty Bess  
Pretty Polly, say (Macheath/Polly)  
Proses lyriques, L90 (Debussy)
Romance de Mignon (Duparc)
Romanze, D114 (Schubert)
Sail on, sail on (Anon/Britten)
Saul and the witch at Endor, Z134 (Purcell/Britten)
Schlafe, holder, süsser Knabe  
Sechs Gesänge, Op 107 (Schumann)
Sechs Lieder, Op 67 (Strauss)
Sein Leichenhemd weiss  
Serenade to Music (Vaughan Williams)
Shakespeare's Kingdom  
Sheila's next to Andrew and Andrew's opposite Marge  
Shepherd, leave decoying  
Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss  
Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss  
Siehe, wie die Mondenstrahlen  
Somebody's sending me flowers  
Someone is sending me flowers (Baker/Vignoles)
Song of a nightclub proprietress (Dring)
Ständchen, D920 (Schubert)
Stimme der Liebe, D418 (Schubert)
Sur la mer les crépuscules tombent  
Sur un lys pâle mon cœur dort  
Take, O take those lips away  
Take, O take those lips away, Op 22 No 1 (Rubbra)
Tell me where is Fancy bred  
Tell me, where is fancy bred  
Tell me, where is fancy bred  
Testament (Duparc)
The Beggar's Opera (Gay/Pepusch)
The Geisha (Jones)
The Geisha (Monckton)
The Maid's Last Prayer, or Any rather than Fail, Z601 (Purcell/Britten)
The mermaid (Anon/Vignoles)
The mermaid's song, Hob XXVIa:25 (Haydn)
The modes of the court so common are grown (Macheath/Ben/Matt)  
The Oddities (Dibdin)
The odds were a hundred to one against me  
The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree  
The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree  
The Satisfied Lover (Schoenberg)
The sea princess (Borodin)
The Tale of the Oyster (Porter)
The Tunning of Elinor Rumming  
There are fairies at the bottom of our garden (Lehmann)
They all laughed (Gershwin)
Three Folk songs (Mendelssohn)
Three times a day (Gershwin)
Thus when the swallow, seeking prey (Polly/Macheath/Lucy)  
'Tis woman that seduces all mankind (Filch/Peachum)  
Todesstille deckt das Tal  
Tom Bowling  
Transatlantic Lullaby (Wright)
Trauer der Liebe, D465 (Schubert)
Und kommt er nicht mehr zurück?  
Under the greenwood tree (Horder)
Usherette's Blues (Nicholas)
Virgins are like the fair flower in its lustre (Polly/Peachum)  
Wapping Old Stairs  
Was ist Silvia, saget an  
Wasserfahrt  
Wenn der Schimmer von dem Monde nun herab  
Wenn ich auf dem Lager liege  
Wer reitet so spät durch Nacht und Wind?  
What can we poor females do?, Z518 (Purcell/Britten)
When he holds up his hand (Lucy/Lockit)  
When Shakespeare came to London  
When you censure the age (Lockit/Peachum)  
When young at the bar you first taught me to score (Lucy/Lockit)  
Where, oh where? (Porter/Dring)
Who am I? (Bernstein)
Wie erkenn ich dein Treulieb  
Wie erkenn' ich mein Treulieb?  
Wiegenlied, D498 (Schubert)
Will singen euch im alten Ton  
Willkommen, o silberner Mond  
Willow, willow (Grainger)
Willow, willow, willow (Parry)
Wo die Taub’ in stillen Buchen  
Would I might be hang'd! (Lucy/Polly/Macheath/Jailer)  
Your Molly has never been false, she declares  
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