De Britse sopraan Sarah Connolly (foto YouTube) kwam in 1996 in het nieuws omdat ze er de oorzaak van was dat een opvoering van “Evgeny Onegin” bijna in het water viel. Ze was het namelijk gewoon vergeten. Maar een invalster bracht redding. Blijkbaar was het voor Connolly slechts een eenmalige flater want ze is later zelfs nog geridderd…
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Patricia Connolly was born in County Durham and educated at Queen Margaret’s School, York, Clarendon College in Nottingham and then studied piano and singing at the Royal College of Music, of which she is now a Fellow. She then became a member of the BBC Singers for five years.
Connolly’s interest in opera and a full-time career in classical music began after she left the BBC Singers. She began her opera career in the role of Annina (Der Rosenkavalier) in 1994. Her breakthrough role was as Xerxes in the 1998 English National Opera production of Handel‘s Serse (Xerxes), directed by Nicholas Hytner.
In 2005, she sang the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. The DVD of the production, directed by David McVicar, won a Gramophone Award. Singing the part of Sesto in McVicar’s production of La Clemenza di Tito for English National Opera in 2006, Connolly was nominated for an Olivier Award. Her 2005 debut at the Metropolitan Opera was in the same opera, but in the role of Annio.
In 2009, she sang (in Purcell‘s Dido and Aeneas) at Teatro alla Scala and made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Dido in the same opera. In 2010, she made her role debut of “Der Komponist” in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Metropolitan Opera. She was awarded the 2011 Distinguished Musician Award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians. For her recital at Alice Tully Hall in New York, Connolly received a rave review in The New York Times.
She made her debut as (“Fricka“) in Wagner’s Der Ring (Royal Opera House), because, although best known for her baroque and classical roles, Connolly has a wide-ranging repertoire which has included works by Wagner as well as various 20th-century composers. (Wikipedia)