British soprano Sarah Gilford is currently a member of the Opernstudio at the Bayerische Staatsoper. In the 2020/2021 season, her appearances include Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, Taumännchen in Hänsel und Gretel, and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. In September, Sarah sang the title role in the Opernstudio’s production of Thomas' Mignon at Cuvilliés Theatre.
Aside from her presence in Munich, Sarah recently won the Welsh Singers Showcase 2021. Alongside this prestigious award, Sarah will have the privilege to represent her home country of Wales in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in June 2021.
In the 2021/2022 season, Sarah will be joining Stadttheater Klagenfurt’s permanent ensemble, where she will sing the roles of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Gilda in Rigoletto, among others. In her future, Sarah will make her debut with Il Pomo d’Oro.
"Sarah Gilford, with her dark toned, warm soprano balanced over all registers"
Sarah is a recent 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.