British soprano Sarah Gilford is currently a member of the Ensemble at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt. In the 2021/2022 season, her appearances include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Gilda in Rigoletto, among others. She was a former member of the Bayerische Staatsoper Opernstudio where her roles in 2020/2021 season included the title role in Mignon, Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, Taumännchen in Hänsel und Gretel, and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Earlier this year Sarah recently won the Welsh Singers Showcase 2021 and participated in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021 where she was a chosen finalist.
In her future, Sarah will make her debut with Il Pomo d'Oro in a European tour of a Handel Opera, making her debut at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and Teatro Alla Scala in Milan among other prestigious European venues.
"Sarah Gilford, with her dark toned, warm soprano balanced over all registers"
Sarah is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, and whilst studying in London she had the opportunity to work with opera companies such as British Youth Opera in the premier of the baroque pasticcio The Enchanted Island as Helena (Cover), and Longborough Festival Opera as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, a role she reprised at Bayerische Staatsoper in the 2019/2020 season.
Aside from her operatic career, Sarah is at ease on the concert platform. She has already worked with conductors such as Paul McCreesh (Haydn The Seasons) and Trevor Pinnock (Bach St. Matthew Passion). Recently, she performed Fazil Say’s Goethe-Lieder with Georgisches Kammerorchester.
AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Throughout Sarah’s training she has been recognised and supported by RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Scholars and RAM Song Circle and was a 2019 Samling Young Artist. Sarah was invited to perform in a masterclass with Elly Ameling organised by Leeds Lieder at Wigmore Hall and was one of two singers invited by the Imogen Cooper Musical Trust to attend a week in France working closely with Dame Felicity Lott and Imogen Cooper. Subsequently, Sarah performs frequently with these organisations in recitals, oratorios and concerts in the UK and internationally.