Dame SarahConnolly

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Keiron Cooke

Keiron Cooke

Associate Director
Will Pate

Will Pate

Associate Artist Manager


Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

About Dame Sarah

Sarah Connolly was made a DBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours, having previously been awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Year's Honours. In 2020 she was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in recognition of her outstanding services to music.

In 2023 she was awarded The King’s Medal for Music, an award given annually to an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation.

She has sung at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Salzburg and Tanglewood festivals and the BBC Proms where, in 2009, she was a soloist at the Last Night. Opera engagements have taken her around the world from The Metropolitan Opera to the Royal Opera House, the Paris Opera, La Scala Milan, the Vienna and Munich State Operas and the Bayreuth, Glyndebourne and Aix-en-Provence Festivals.

Highlights in her 2023/24 season include Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the LSO/Sir Antonio Pappano; Tippett’s A Child of our Time with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis, and orchestral songs by Alma Mahler-Werfel with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/John Storgårds. She gives recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Seville’s Espacio Turina, for the Fundació Victoria de los Ángeles in Barcelona and at the Leeds Lieder Festival with Joseph Middleton and at the Oxford Lieder Festival with Dame Imogen Cooper. In the opera house she returns to the Dutch National Opera as Jocaste in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and creates the role of the eponymous heroine Zarqa in the world premiere of Lee Bradshaw’s new opera Zarqa al-Yamama for the Arabia Opera in Riyadh.

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Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

Season Highlights

Nov 2023 - Nov 2023
Wigmore Hall
Recital with Hélène Clément (viola) and Joseph Middleton (piano)
Jan 2024 - Jan 2024
Mendelssohn Elijah Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor) London Symphony Orchestra
Mar 2024 - Mar 2024
Dutch National Opera
Jocaste - Oedipus Rex (Stravinsky)

Selected Repertoire

MahlerSymphony no. 2   •   Symphony no. 3   •   Symphony no. 8 – Mulier Samaritana



  • Mendelssohn - Elijah

    Barbican Centre
    Jan 2024
    • When was Elijah last so strongly cast? Dame Sarah Connolly is still the first name on the team-sheet for such works, her mezzo-soprano well able to encompass the designated alto roles with her usual care for the music’s meaning

    • Sarah Connolly was warm and compassionate (except as a deliciously Wicked-Witch-of-the-West Queen).

    • And Sarah Connolly made every word tell in all her notes,

    • Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly brought warm tone, lovely flexibility and a sense of investment in the words to her recitative interventions in Part One, with a dignified account of 'Woe unto them' that really committed to the meaning. In Part Two, her Jezebel was strong and determined, like Finley, she imposed herself without bluster and the dialogue with the chorus fizzed with excitement. The culmination of her performance, however, was a beautifully flowing and movingly understated account of 'O rest in the Lord'.