British Soprano, Sarah Gilford is currently a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper Opera Studio in Munich. Her roles for 2019/20 season include, Zweite Geist/Zweite Uhr Karl V. (Krenek), Sandman Hansel und Gretel, Papagena Die Zauberflöte, Echo Ariadne auf Naxos, Coryphée Alceste and the title role in Ambroise Thomas' Mignon. She continues to study with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp.
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.
Sarah has worked with Northern Opera Group, Brasil Academia de Opera Barroca, Woodhouse Opera, Edinburgh Studio Opera and Longborough Festival Opera. Her roles have included Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Alison in The Wandering Scholar, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, a UK and South American premiere as Cleopatra in Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra and Papagena in The Magic Flute. Last summer she performed the role of Helena in British Youth Opera's cover show UK premiere of The Enchanted Island by Jeremy Sams.