Formal Biography - long and thought by some (including Sarah) to be boring!423 Words
Sarah Walker CBE FRCM FGS
Sarah Walker is an artist of international standing both on the opera stage and on the concert platform world-wide. Having initially studied violin at the Royal College of Music, London, she subsequently began taking vocal lessons with the celebrated Hungarian teacher, Madame Vera Rozsa, with whom she built an extraordinarily wide repertoire ranging from Bach and the Baroque to twentieth century composers, such as Berio, Boulez, Cage, Henze, Ligeti, Copland and Ives, and is now commissioning new works from exciting, young, twentyfirst century composers.
Since her debut at Glyndebourne - as Diana/Giove in Cavalli's La Calisto, she has sung in opera houses all over the world including The Royal Opera House Covent Garden - where she made her debut as Charlotte in Massenet's Werther opposite Alfredo Kraus; The Metropolitan Opera New York - where she debuted as Micah in Handel's Samson with Jon Vickers in the title role; La Scala - in Britten's Peter Grimes with Philip Langridge in the title role; the Vienna Staatsoper, Le Châtelet in Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Hamburg, Munich, Chicago, San Francisco, Lisbon, Madrid and many others. Among more than seventy roles in her repertoire are Didon, Maria Stuarda, Fricka, Klytämnestra, Dorabella, Donna Elvira, Katisha, Mistress Quickly, numerous Handel and Monteverdi heroines and the title role in Britten's Gloriana, now available on DVD. She took the role of the Marquise de Berkenfeld in Pavarotti's 60th birthday performances of Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment at the Met and recently added four new roles: Mme de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmélites; the Fortune Teller in Arabella and The Witch in Hänsel und Gretel.
On the concert platform Miss Walker has worked with conductors such as Solti, Kleiber, Norrington, Masur, Rattle, Eliot Gardiner, Muti, Harnoncourt, Mackerras, Rozdestvensky and Haitink. She was a memorable Britannia at the Last Night of the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, London, and took part in the performance of Beethoven's 9th, conducted by the late Leonard Bernstein in Berlin, given to celebrate the opening of the Berlin Wall at Christmas in 1989.
Sarah Walker, however, has perhaps achieved her greatest critical acclaim on the recital platform where she has formed close partnerships with Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles and Malcolm Martineau. Since the overwhelming success of her Wigmore Hall debut, she has given numerous concerts all over the world and has made over fifty recordings, reflecting her enermous repertoire and her artistry. She was one of the first artists to build a website at sarahwalker.com and she can now also be heard at soundcloud.com on a computer near you.
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