Winner of the 2021 Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition and finalist at the 2022 Montserrat Caballe Competition in Teatro Real, mezzo Sarah Richmond is known for her emotional engagement, with Opera Magazine remarking “her acting wholly convincing” and Classical Source on her “searing virtuosity”. She trained on English National Opera’s ‘Opera Works’ Programme, the National Opera Studio Short Course and at the RNCM as a Drapers de Turckheim Scholar.
Favourite operatic roles include Willie Guglielmo Ratcliff, Yelena Popova The Bear, Véronique Le Docteur Miracle, Lucrece What Happened to Lucrece and Meg Falstaff (Wexford Festival Opera), Zweite Dame (Irish National Opera), Mezzo Spell Book (Longborough Festival Opera), Cherubino and Dritte Dame (Opera in the Open), The Boy The Musician (The Belfast Ensemble), Rosina (Ulster Touring Opera), Mercédès (North West Opera/Cairo Opera), Kate Owen Wingrave (Opera Collective Ireland), Suzuki (Lyric Opera) and La Zia Principessa (Random Opera). Next season Sarah has her role debut of Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos.
Prominent conductors of solo engagements include Vasily Petrenko with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Daniel CBE and Sir Mark Elder. Extensive UK and Ireland concert performances include Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. She enjoys a close relationship with The Ulster Orchestra, with whom she has performed Respighi’s Il Tramonto, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Handel’s Messiah and BBC Invitation Concerts. International concert credits include Monte Carlo and Soriano nel Cimino. Recital appearances incorporate Royal Opera House London, Oxford Lieder Festival and an upcoming recital with Dearbhla Collins at the National Concert Hall. Sarah is supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.