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Connolly, Dame Sarah (mezzo-soprano)
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Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Dame 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 presented with the Distinguished Musician Award by the Incorporated Society of Musicians and she was the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2012 Singer Award.

Renowned as one of the superlative singers of her generation she is especially regarded for the roles of Octavian, Komponist, Didon, Mozart’s Sesto, Brangaene, Fricka and Handel’s Ariodante, Serse Ruggiero and Giulio Cesare. Highlights of her operatic career include performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; La Scala, Milan; the Metropolitan Opera, New York; the Bayerische Staatsoper; Paris Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Bayreuth, Aix-en-Provence and Glyndebourne Festivals.

She has appeared in recital in London, New York, Boston, Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Stuttgart and at the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Edinburgh and Oxford Lieder Festivals. Her Concert appearances have also taken her to the Lucerne, Salzburg, Tanglewood and Three Choirs Festivals and to 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 she is closely associated with conductors such as Bolton, Chailly, Colin Davis, Andrew Davis, Elder, Harding, Herreweghe, Jurowski, Nézet-Séguin and Rattle.

Twice nominated for a Grammy Award, she has recorded prolifically.


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