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Sarah Richmond, 2021 scholarship recipient

Sarah Richmond, mezzo soprano
Sarah Richmond, mezzo soprano
Photo by Glenn Norwood

Mezzo Soprano Sarah Richmond is known for her vocal warmth and versatility, with Opera Magazine remarking “Her voice was bright and clear, her acting wholly convincing” and Online Musik Magazin praising her “kraftiges Timbre und grosse Strahlkraft”.

Her roles encompass Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia to Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte, span epochs from Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas to Gwendolen in Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest throughout genres from Willie in Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff to Peep Bo in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado.

Amongst others, recital appearances incorporate Oxford Lieder Festival, UK Strauss Society, Chester Music Festival, and Dublin Song Series with Finghin Collins and the RTE Contempo Quartet. Prominent conductors of solo engagements include Vasily Petrenko with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Gergely Madaras and Sir Mark Elder. She has performed all of the core concert repertoire throughout the UK and Ireland; international credits include Monte Carlo and Soriano nel Cimino. She has performed regularly on Radio Ulster and has broadcast on RTE, BBC Radio 3 and worldwide as a soloist for the Irish Rugby Football Union.

A keen advocate of contemporary music, she has premiered works by Andrew Synnott (Lucrece in What Happened to Lucrece at Wexford Festival Opera), Éna Brennan, Donald Judge and Sarah Murphy. Notable successes include Janet Baker bestowing her The Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss and winning the Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition.