Praised for her crystal-clear voice, British soprano Sarah Gilford is a recent Song Prize finalist at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021 and an alumnus of the prestigious Opernstudio at the Bayerische Staatsoper
The 2022/2023 season will be filled with high-profile events, starting with her return to Bayerische Staatsoper, where she will appear as Niece 2 in the Britten's Peter Grimes alongside a stellar cast including Jonas Kaufmann as the title role. Also next to him, she will make her highly anticipated debut at Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Sophie in Werther under the baton of Antonio Pappano. Sarah makes another debut with the renowned ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro as Dalinda in a European tour of Handel's Ariodante, performing in cities such as Paris (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées), Barcelona (Palau de la Música Catalana), Essen (Philharmonie Essen) and A Coruña (Palacio de la Ópera) among others.
"Sarah Gilford, with her dark toned, warm soprano balanced over all registers"
In summer 2022, Sarah participated in the prestigious IMA – Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, and in the 2021/2022 season was a member of the ensemble of Stadttheater Klagenfurt. Here she made her debuts as Ortlinde in Die Walküre, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sopran I in Rihm’s Jakob Lenz, and Gilda in Rigoletto. For the seasons 2019/21, Sarah was a member of the prestigious Opernstudio at the Bayerische Staatsoper, where most notably she sang the title role in Thomas’ Mignon (Cuvilliés Theatre), Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, Taumännchen in Hänsel und Gretel, and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro among other appearances.
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A skilled recitalist and is at ease on the concert platform, Sarah has performed as part of the lunchtime concert series at the Royal Opera House, in Madrid at the Fundación Juan March and will make her Wigmore Hall debut in June 2023. She has also performed in Rome at the British Embassy and in London with the Imogen Cooper Trust. Sarah has also worked with conductors such as Paul McCreesh (Haydn The Seasons) and Trevor Pinnock (Bach St. Matthew Passion). Recently she performed as a soloist in Mendelssohn's Elias with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Kiril Petrenko.