“One thinks of the vocal performances of the highest order… especially to the beautiful voice of Sarah Tynan, a rare ray of light in a very disturbing universe.”
Le Figaro, March 2015
Sarah Tynan’s exceptional versatility and engaging stage presence have earned her a place in the league of elite British sopranos. She enjoys huge success in baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire, and appears regularly with leading orchestras and ensembles. Last season Tynan received rave reviews for her “mesmerising” Manon Lescaut in Henze’s Boulevard Solitude at Welsh National Opera, a role for which she recently received the Welsh Theatre Award for Best Female in an Opera Production.
This season, Sarah sings in the world premiere of Dai Fujikura’s Solaris at Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Opera de Lille and Opera de Lausanne. She will also sing Haydn’s Creation with the London Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston, as well as Toch’s Die Chinesische Flote with the Continuum Ensemble. Forthcoming engagements will include appearances at Glyndebourne, her first Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante, and concerts with the LSO, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recent operatic highlights include both Romilda Xerxes and Marzelline in Calixto Bieito’s production of Fidelio at English National Opera, Cleopatra Giulio Cesare and Carrie Pipperidge Carousel at Opera North, Sharon Disney in the world premiere of Philip Glass The Perfect American at Teatro Real, Madrid and ENO, Adina L’elisir d’amore, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro at Cincinnati Opera, Iris Semele at La Monnaie, Dalinda Ariodante at Opera de Oviedo, Servilia La Clemenza di Tito with the OAE, and Luigi Nono’s Al gran sole carico d’amore at the Salzburg Festival. At the ENO, she has also sung many roles including Adina, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Ilia Idomeneo, Zerlina Don Giovanni, and TytaniaA Midsummer Night’s Dream.
On the concert platform, Sarah recently made her Cincinnatti Symphony debut in Orff Carmina Burana, which she has also sung with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Other recent highlights include Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Philharmonia, Handel Messiah with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Early Opera Company, Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Glyndebourne’s Vlamdimir Jurowski Celebration Concert, Valencienne The Merry Widow with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Campra Le Carnaval de Venise with Le Concert Spirituel and Herve Niquet on an extensive tour to France and the Netherlands, Haydn Creation with Indianapolis Symphony under Douglas Boyd, Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem with Bergen Philharmonic, and a Viennese Gala concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She has worked with distinguished conductors including Lorin Maazel, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Andrew Davis, Gianandrea Noseda, Ingo Metzmacher, Christophe Rousset, Thierry Fischer, Richard Hickox, Paul McCreesh, Edward Gardner, Jaap van Zweden, Ilan Volkov, Jac van Steen, Andrew Litton, Ryan Wigglesworth, and Louis Langree.
Sarah Tynan is also in great demand in contemporary repertoire. She has sung Ryan Wigglesworth’s Augenlieder with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Dallapiccola’s Partita with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms, Unsuk Chin’s Kala with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Megan in James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice at Welsh National Opera, Monique in Elizabeth Maconchy’s The Sofa for Independent Opera and Pretty Polly in Birtwistle’s Punch & Judy at Casa de Musica, Porto.