British Soprano, Sarah Gilford is currently a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper Opera Studio in Munich. Her roles for the 2020/21 season include Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore, Ein junger Hirt in Tannhäuser, Taumännchen in Hänsel und Gretel and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro.
While completing her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, Sarah was the recipient of numerous prizes. Most recently, she was awarded the Isabel Jay Prize, W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship and was a finalist in the Welsh Singers Showcase 2018.
Sarah has also been recognised and supported by institutions such as Samling Artists, RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Scholars and RAM Song Circle. This year she was invited to perform in a masterclass with Elly Ameling organised by Leeds Lieder at Wigmore Hall. She was also 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. As part of these organisations Sarah performs frequently in recitals, oratorios and concerts in the UK and internationally. During her first year at the Bayerische Staatsoper she was invited to perform Fazil Say's Goethe Lieder with the Georgisches Kammerorchester in Ingolstadt Theatr.
While studying in the UK Sarah worked with a number of established opera companies. Some of her highlights include Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, a UK and South American premiere as Cleopatra in Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra and Helena in British Youth Opera's cover show UK premiere of The Enchanted Island by Jeremy Sams. She also made her debut with Longborough Festival Opera as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte which she reprised earlier this year at the Bayerische Staatsoper.