Sarah Walker CBE
Sarah Walker is an artist of international standing both on the opera stage and on the concert platform world-wide. She began as a violinist at the R.C.M. London, subsequently studying singing with the celebrated Hungarian teacher, Madame Vera Rozsa, with whom she built an extraordinarily wide repertoire ranging from Bach to Brio and beyond. She is now busy commissioning new works from exciting, young, twenty-first 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; the Vienna Staatsoper, Le Châtelet in Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Hamburg, Munich, Chicago, San Francisco, Lisbon, Madrid and many others. Among more than sixty 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, videoed for Virgin Classics. Recent highlights include Pavarotti's 60th birthday performances of Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment at The Met, Peter Grimes at La Scala and The Witch in Hänsel und Gretel for L'Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome.
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 for her interpretation of the Lied, Mélodie and Song repertoire and she has made numerous recordings, reflecting her enormous repertoire. She can now be seen and heard at www.sarahwalker.com on a computer near you.