Praised for her crystal-clear voice, British soprano Sarah Gilford is a recent finalist of the Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021. Sarah is a member of the ensemble of Stadttheater Klagenfurt for the season 2021/2022. During the season she will debut Ortlinde in Die Walküre, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Soprano 1 in Rihm’s Jakob Lenz, and Gilda in Rigoletto. This summer, Sarah will participate in the prestigious IMA – Internationale Meistersinger Akademie 2022.
Next season, Sarah will make her return to the Bayerische Staatsoper, will appear as a leading role in a Handel opera with Il Pomo d’Oro, making her debut in theatres such as Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Philharmonie Essen and various other cities in Europe. She will also make her highly anticipated debut at the Royal Opera House.
"Sarah Gilford, with her dark toned, warm soprano balanced over all registers"
From 2019 to 2021, 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.
A skilled recitalist, Sarah will appear in London with the Imogen Cooper Musical Trust, in Rome at the British Embassy, in Madrid at Fundación Juan March and will soon have her professional debut at Wigmore Hall. Sarah is at ease on the concert platform, and 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 the Georgisches Kammerorchester.
AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Sarah is a Royal Academy of Music graduate and whilst studying she worked with established opera companies such as British Youth Opera in the premiere of the baroque pasticcio The Enchanted Island as Helena (Cover), as well as Longborough Festival Opera as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, a role she reprised at the Bayerische Staatsoper in the 2019/2020 season.