Sarah Richmond

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Biography

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 and Castleward Opera.

Prominent conductors of solo engagements include Vasily Petrenko, Gergely Madaras, Sir Mark Elder and Paul Daniel. Recital 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 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 most recently 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. Lyric Opera's production of Madama Butterfly, directed by Vivian Coates, directed 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 appearances 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, Bach's Magnificat, 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, 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. 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, Dublin Song Series and Belfast Music Society. 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. She has delivered educational workshops with Clonter Opera, co-delivered for NI Opera, and assisted workshops for the Hallé Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra.

Sarah recorded Richard Morris' Shakespeare settings, Songs of Spring and Winter, conducted by Paul Daniel for Stretto Records, the soundtrack to the film Judgement composed by Rachel Lockwood, 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. She performed 'Una Voce Poco Fa' live on Gerry Kelly's show before being interviewed and performing 'Va! Laisse couler mes larmes' with Donal McCrisken. She was interviewed live on John Toal's 'Sounds Classical' after performing 'Nobles seigneurs, salut!' and 'I dreamed a dream' with Mark McGrath and was invited back to 'Sounds Classical' to perform 'En vain pour eviter' and 'All mein gedanken' with Gail Evans. She was interviewed on 'The Arts Show' by Marie-Louise Muir after performing 'Non so piu' and 'Dolente immagine di Fille mia' with Andrew Tubman, and later she returned to perform Bizet's 'Habañera'. She was also interviewed on John Toal's 'Classical Connections' and performed 'Laudate Dominum' and Mascagni's 'Padre Nostro'. 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. 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'. 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, The Emerging Young Artist Award at Wexford Festival Opera with PwC, The Gerard Arnhold Bursary at Wexford Festival Opera, 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.

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