Sarah Walker

CBE , LRAM, FRCM , FGSM, Hon RAM

Royal Academy Opera - Professor of Singing
Vocal - Singing

Acclaimed recitalist for her interpretation of Lied, Mélodie and Song repertoire

Dozens of solo album recordings

Sarah is an artist of international standing both on the opera stage and on the concert platform worldwide. Having initially studied violin at the Royal College of Music, London, she subsequently began taking vocal lessons with the celebrated Hungarian teacher Madame Vera Rozsa, with whom she built an extraordinarily wide repertoire ranging from Bach and the Baroque to twentieth century composers such as Berio, Boulez, Cage, Henze, Ligeti, Copland and Ives and is now commissioning new works from exciting, young twenty-first century composers. Sarah joined the Academy’s vocal teaching staff in September 2009.

Since her debut at Glyndebourne as Diana/Giove in Cavalli’s La Calisto, she has sung in opera houses all over the world including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden: where she made her debut as Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther opposite Alfredo Kraus; the Metropolitan Opera New York: where she debuted as Micah in Handel’s Samson with Jon Vickers in the title role; the Vienna Staatsoper, Le Châtelet in Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Hamburg, Munich, Chicago, San Francisco, Lisbon, Madrid and many others. Among more than seventy roles in her repertoire are Didon, Maria Stuarda, Fricka, Klytämnestra, Dorabella, Donna Elvira, Katisha, Mistress Quickly, numerous Handel and Monteverdi heroines and the title role in Britten’s Gloriana, videoed for Virgin Classics.

On the concert platform Sarah has worked with conductors such as Solti, Kleiber, Norrington, Masur, Rattle, Eliot Gardiner, Muti, Harnoncourt, Mackerras, Rozdestvensky and Haitink. She was a memorable Britannia at the Last Night of the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, London, and took part in the performance of Beethoven’s Ninth, conducted by the late Leonard Bernstein in Berlin, given to celebrate the opening of the Berlin Wall at Christmas in 1989.

Sarah, however, has perhaps achieved her greatest critical acclaim on the recital platform for her interpretation of the Lied, Mélodie and Song repertoire. The overwhelming success of her Wigmore Hall debut established her as a recitalist of supreme excellence and this is reflected in more than fifty recordings reflecting her wide repertoire and artistry.

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