Sarah Richmond

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Short Biography

Hailing from Carrickfergus, mezzo soprano Sarah Richmond runs Music to Make Your Day performing at a wide variety of events; from small scale occasions through to celebrations before audiences of 15,000. She trained at ENO Opera Works, RNCM, National Opera Studio Intensive Short Course and the NI Opera Young Artist Programme.

Companies she has collaborated with include Pavilion Opera, NI Opera/Nevill Holt Opera, Iford Arts, Wide Open Opera, Lyric Opera, Clonter Opera, Spark Opera, Opera Collective Ireland, North West Opera, Foyle Opera and Castleward Opera.

Prominent conductors of solo engagements include Vasily Petrenko, Gergely Madaras, Sir Mark Elder and Paul Daniel. She has performed all of the core concert repertory throughout the UK and Ireland. She was guest soloist for Messiah in Monte Carlo, under the baton of Errol Girdlestone. A keen recitalist, venues include Oxford Lieder Festival, UK Strauss Society, and Chester Music Festival amongst many others.

Sarah has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio Ulster, RTE and world-wide when she sang for the IRFU. Dame Janet Baker awarded Sarah 'The Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss' and in 2016 she won both The Gerard Arnhold Bursary and the Emerging Young Artist Award from Wexford Festival Opera/PwC.

Full Biography

Hailing from Carrickfergus, mezzo soprano Sarah Richmond is widely known for her vocal warmth and versatility. She runs a successful business performing at a wide variety of events providing Music to Make Your Day.

Sarah made her mainstage Wexford Festival Opera debut as Willie in Mascagni's Guglielmo Ratcliff alongside Angelo Villari and Mariangela Sicilia, conducted by Francesco Cilluffo, directed by Fabio Ceresa. This critically acclaimed production was released on CD with RTE Lyric FM. Wexford Festival Opera welcomed Sarah back to perform Madame Popova in Kyle Lang's production of Walton's The Bear alongside Rory Musgrave as Smirnov. Stephen Barlow conducted Opera Collective Ireland's production of Britten's Owen Wingrave which featured Benjamin Russell as Owen and Sarah as Kate. In association with Académie de l'Opéra national de Paris it was directed by Tom Creed with shows in Limerick, Cork and Dublin.Lyric Opera'sproduction of Madama Butterfly, directed by Vivian Coates, conducted by John Rigby, featured Sarah as Suzuki alongside Hye-Youn Lee as Butterfly and Julian Hubbard as Pinkerton. In Wexford and Dublin she covered Tara Erraught as Rosina in Wide Open Opera's production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, conducted by Fergus Sheil, directed by Michael Barker-Caven. Under the baton of Swiss/Egyptian conductor Nader Abbassi, Sarah performed Mercédès Carmen for North West Opera and members of Cairo Opera Orchestra. Sarah toured Northern Ireland performing the role of Second Lady The Magic Flute for NI Opera/Nevill Holt Opera directed by Oliver Mears, conducted by Nicholas Chalmers. With Castleward Opera she played Flora in a highlights production of La Traviata. Sarah has performed the roles of Peep Bo The Mikado, Phoebe The Yeomen of the Guard and Phyllis Iolanthe for Scratch Opera. Other roles include Dido and Sorceress, Dido and Aeneas for Queen's Opera in England and Wetherby Choral Society.

Pavilion Opera's Die Zauberflote toured the UK with Sarah playing Dritte Dame whilst covering Zweite Dame and Papagena (performing Zweite Dame in three shows), conducted by Peter Bailey, directed by Freddie Stockdale. With Iford Arts in England, Sarah performed Bianca and Gabriella in Puccini's La Rondine conducted by Oliver Gooch, directed by Ben Occhipinti and returned for Bruno Ravella's chamber production of Verdi's Macbeth as Third Witch.

Concert platform highlights include Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko, Serenade to Music under Gergely Madaras at the Bridgewater Hall and A Midsummer Night's Dream under Sir Mark Elder. She performed Handel's Messiah in Monte Carlo under the baton of Errol Girdlestone. She has also been soloist for Bach's Magnificat and excerpts of St Matthew Passion, Brahms'Alto Rhapsody and Ein Deutsches Requiem, Charpentier's Messe de Minuit, Durufle's Requiem, Elgar's Music Makers, Handel's Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Haydn's Harmoniemesse, Imperial Nelson Mass, and Maria Theresa Mass, Jenkins' Requiem and The Armed Man, Mahler's 2nd Symphony, Mozart's Requiem Mass, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Saint-Saens' Requiem, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, Vivaldi's Gloria and Magnificat (RV 610 and 611), and the premiere of Donald Judge's May Magnificat with orchestras and choral societies across the UK and Ireland. Sarah has worked extensively with the Belfast Bach Consort conducted by Andrea Rea.

As a recitalist Sarah has performed for the Oxford Lieder Festival, UK Strauss Society, Chester Music Festival, NI Opera, Queen's University, Rhyl Music Club, Dolgellau Music Club, Egerton Music Club, Belfast Music Society and Rosemary Street Belfast. RTE Con Tempo Quartet, pianist Finghin Collins and Sarah performed Faure's La Bonne Chanson for Dublin Song Series. For the 30th Anniversary Christmas Concert of RTE's Cor na Nog. Sarah was guest soloist in St Ann's, Dublin. She toured as a soloist with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland's Peace Proms, conducted by Greg Beardsell, with shows before tens of thousands of people in RDS Dublin, SSE Arena Belfast, Galway and Kilkenny. Sarah performed before 2000 people in the Convention Centre Dublin to officially open the Irish Centenary Commemorations. The IRFU had Sarah as soloist with CBOI choirs for their bid to host The 2023 World Cup and at the pool draw for the Women's World Rubgy Cup. Sarah has appeared in numerous opera galas, including for Clonter Opera, NI Opera, Iford Arts, Spark Opera, Keele Concerts Society, Flint Male Voice Choir and Crosby Hall. To mark the Giro d'Italia coming to Northern Ireland, Sarah sang with renowned soprano Giselle Allen at a gala in Carrickfergus and also sang in Armagh and Larne. Sarah performed contemporary Japanese music at the O-Bon Festival of Taiko and Light in Derry/Londonderry. She has performed at a variety of outreach events such as under cover singers, pop up opera, parent and baby concerts at Down Time Festival and culture nights. Sarah has delivered educational workshops with Clonter Opera, co-delivered for NI Opera, and assisted workshops for the Hallé Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra

Richard Morris' CD, Songs of Spring and Winter, featured Sarah as a soloist and was conducted by Paul Daniel, she also appeared on Rachel Lockwood's soundtrack to the film Judgement, and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in an extract of Schumann's Gedichte der Konigin Maria Stuart accompanied by David Jones. Sarah's performance at Wexford Festival Opera was broadcast in 14 European countries and Guglielmo Ratcliff was broadcast live across the UK and Ireland. She has been interviewed and performed several times on BBC Radio Ulster including Gerry Kelly's show, John Toal's 'Sounds Classical', 'The Arts Show' with Marie-Louise Muir and John Toal's 'Classical Connections'. A recording of Sarah performing the Alto solo of a Bach Cantata was played on 'Sing Out', as was a Saint-Saens Requiem she featured in. For the 30th Anniversary Christmas Concert of RTE's Cor na Nog Sarah was guest soloist, which was broadcast on Christmas Eve on RTE. Sarah was interviewed on High Land Radio to publicise Maestro Nader Abbassi coming to Donegal to conduct Carmen with Sarah taking the role of Mercédès. Sarah featured in a documentary on Opera in Northern Ireland interviewed and performing Donizetti's 'Deh non voler costringere'. Sarah recorded the Arts Council commission of Sarah Murphy's work 'The Swan and the Crane'. She was broadcast on BBC's Songs of Praise with Voices of Ireland, having previously filmed as a member of the congregation and they were also broadcast in Washinton for Saint Patrick's Day celebrations. She featured on the collaboration between several main UK opera companies Inside Opera: Live representing NI Opera.

Sarah worked as a NI Opera Young Artist 2013-14 after being an ENO Opera Works artist 2012-13. Sarah graduated from the RNCM under the late Barbara Robotham and Ann Taylor with a MMus (Distinction) and a PG Dip Solo Performance (Distinction) as a Drapers' de Turckheim Scholar. As part of ENO's Opera Works excerpts, she played: Angelina La Cenerentola, Annio La Clemenza di Tito, Dorabella Cosi fan Tutte and Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia working with conductors Steven Higgins, Alex Ingram, Christian Curnyn, Tim Murray and director Martin Constantine. As an NI Opera Young Artist, Sarah covered Lady in Waiting in Verdi's Macbeth and learned the role of Gwendolen in Gerald Barry's opera The Importance of Being Earnest with Wide Open Opera. Committed to staying at the highest level, she completed the National Opera Studio's Opera Intensive Short Course.

Roles performed whilst a postgraduate student at the RNCM include Erika Vanessa (Barber), Nancy Albert Herring, Mercédès Carmen, Chief Scientist A Greek Odyssey (Pearson), and Gossip Noye's Fludde. She also performed in numerous excerpts including Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos, Mignon Mignon (Thomas), Charlotte Werther, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Meg Falstaff, Rosette Manon, Annina La Traviata and Hermia A Midsummer Night's Dream. In collaboration with Manchester Camerata and RNCM she covered Robin Blaze in the role of Daniel in Handel's Belshazzar conducted by Nicholas Kraemer. During British Youth Opera's Workshops she played Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro working with Sally Burgess and Philip Sunderland.

The top female in her year, Sarah graduated with First Class Honours from a BMus (Hons) degree at Queen's University Belfast. Whilst a student at Queen's she was awarded the Hamilton Harty Scholarship which supported her all Ireland tour performing the role of Harvest Home, Peace (Davis) for Summer Music on the Shannon conducted by Bruce Dunn. She was also given the Kodaly Society of Northern Ireland Scholarship and May Turtle Scholarship to further her studies. She spent the summer of 2008 studying in Italy with Brigitta Picco performing in a gala at Soriano nel Cimino. In 2011 Sarah was made a Fellow of the London College of Music, and in 2012 was awarded Fellowship of Victoria College of Music and Drama with Honours.

Notable successes include: 'The Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss' adjudicated by Dame Janet Baker First Place 2010, The Emerging Young Artist Award at Wexford Festival Opera with PwC 2016, The Gerard Arnhold Bursary at Wexford Festival Opera 2016, International Stuart Burrows Vocal Competition 2014 Semi Finalist, International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition 2015 Final Rounds, Thelma King Award 2013 Semi Finalist, NI Opera Festival of Voice Competition 2011 Joint Third, Dame Kiri Prize 2010 Quarter Finalist, The Dramatic Cup and Tony Quigley Award 2015 First Place and The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland's 'The Soloist 2015' First Place. Whilst at the RNCM Sarah won the 'Brigitte Fassbaender Award', and was a finalist for the Gold Medal Award, The Joaninha Trust Award, The Elizabeth Harwood Competition and The Frederic Cox Competition.

She has been supported by many scholarships including The Drapers' de Turckheim Scholarship, Dalcroze Eurhythmics Scholarship, The Harold McMaster Taggart Award and The Annie Ridyard Scholarship in 2011 and 2010. She is very grateful to have been supported by an Arts Council of Northern Ireland Award. Masterclasses include Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Barbara Bonney, Raymond Leppard, Laurent Pillot (as part of an international conference on the diva with the European Opera Centre), Kathryn Harries, Mark Shanahan, Roger Vingoles, Anne Howells, Mary King, Paul Farrington, Patricia MacMahon, Robin Stapleton, Anthony Spiri, Tara Erraught and Ruhe Henning (presented by Opera Collective Ireland) and Catherine Wyn-Rogers. Sarah also works as an extra for the BBC.

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