Hyperion Records

Artist Hyperion Records
Connolly, Sarah (mezzo-soprano)
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Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Born in County Durham, Sarah Connolly studied piano and singing at the Royal College of Music and continues her studies with Gerald Martin Moore.

Her concert engagements include appearances at the Salzburg Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie and Amsterdam Concertgebouw, with such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Roger Norrington, Edo de Waart and Philippe Herreweghe. She is a regular guest artist at the BBC Promenade Concerts at Royal Albert Hall and was invited to take part in the opening festival of Carnegie’s new Zankel Hall in New York. Committed to promoting new music, her world premiere performances include Mark-Anthony Turnage’s ‘Twice through the heart’ with The Schoenberg Ensemble conducted by Oliver Knussen and Jonathan Harvey’s ‘Songs of Li Po’ at the Aldeburgh Festival.

In the 1999/2000 season, her U.S. debut in the title role of ‘Ariodante’ for the New York City Opera was hailed as an enormous success and was described in the New York Times as ‘Phenomenal…[her] voice is dark and true, remarkably flexible and filled with the required heat’. This was followed in the 2000/2001 season by her debut at the San Francisco Opera singing both Ino and Juno in ‘Semele’. She has since returned to the NYCO as Romeo in ‘I Capuleti ed i Montecchi’ and the title role of ‘Xerxes’. She made an acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut as Annio in ‘La clemenza di Tito’ and her Carnegie Hall recital debut in the Weill Hall.

Sarah Connolly’s most recent recording of Handel arias with The Sixteen has been described as 'the definition of captivating' by Classics Today. Other recordings include Rameau's 'Les Fêtes d'Hebe' with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie for Erato (winner of the 1998 Gramophone Early Opera Award and nominated for a Grammy Award), Bach Cantatas with Collegium Vocale and Philippe Herreweghe for Harmonia Mundi, Vivaldi's 'Juditha Triumphans' with the King's Consort for Hyperion, Vaughan Williams ‘Sir John in Love’ with Richard Hickox for Chandos and a recital disc of Schönberg songs with Iain Burnside as part of the BBC Voices series.

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'Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 3' (CDA67388)
Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 3
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'Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 4 – Juditha Triumphans' (CDA67281/2)
Vivaldi: Sacred Music, Vol. 4 – Juditha Triumphans
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'Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44171/81)
Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music
Buy by post £40.00 CDS44171/81  11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
On other labels
'Mahler: Symphony No 2' (CKD452)
Mahler: Symphony No 2
CKD452  2CDs Download only  
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Aus meinen Tränen sprießen (Mendelssohn)
Die Sterne schau'n in stiller Nacht  No 2 of Six Songs, Op 99 (Mendelssohn)
Entsagung  No 11 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Ferne  No 9 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Frage  No 1 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Herr, zu dir will ich mich retten  First line to Entsagung, No 11 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (Mendelssohn)
In weite Fernen will ich träume  First line to Ferne, No 9 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Ist es wahr? Ist es wahr?  First line to Frage, No 1 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Juditha Triumphans devicta Holofernes barbarie, RV644 (Vivaldi)
Six Songs, Op 99 (Mendelssohn)
Symphony No 2 in C minor 'Resurrection' (Mahler)
Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Wenn ich in deine Augen sehe (Mendelssohn)
Wie kann ich froh und lustig sein? (Mendelssohn)
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