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 Sarah received rave reviews for Aldeburgh’s staged production of Britten’s Les Illuminations, prompting The Times to comment that her “extraordinarily intrepid performance surely crosses into realms where no opera singer has gone before."
In the 2016/17 season, Sarah returns to the English National Opera to make her role debut in the title role of Handel Partenope under the baton of Christian Curnyn, in Christopher Alden’s Olivier Award-winning production. She will close the season with performances as Fiorilla in Rossini Il Turco in Italia at Garsington Opera, under David Parry. In concert Sarah will sing Orff Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, St Matthew Passion with the Bach Choir, Poulenc Stabat Mater with Ulster Orchestra and Jac van Steen, title role in Handel Semele for the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston, and Woglinde in Wagner Das Rheingold with the Halle Orchestra. She will also sing Haydn The Creation with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner, as well as in further performances of the Ballet Rambert / Garsington Opera co-production at Sadler’s Wells.
Sarah recently sang a “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. She participated in staged productions of Britten Les Illuminations at the Aldeburgh Festival, and Haydn The Creation for Garsington Opera. Other operatic highlights include Merab in the Glyndebourne on Tour production of Handel Saul, Ginevra in Handel Ariodante with Scottish Opera, the world premiere of Dai Fujikura’s Solaris at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Opéra de Lille and Opéra de Lausanne; 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, 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 lead roles including Adina Elixir of Love, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Ilia Idomeneo, Zerlina Don Giovanni, and Tytania A Midsummer Night's Dream.
On the concert platform, Sarah recently made her Cincinnati Symphony debut in Carmina Burana, which she has also sung with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony, and recorded with London Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed Brahms' Requiem with the Bournemouth Symphony and London Philharmonic, Ännchen Der Freischütz with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Haydn The Creation with the London Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston (also recorded); Tippett A Child of Our Time with the BBC Symphony, Mahler Symphony No.8 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Philharmonia; Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Messiah with Ulster Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and Early Opera Company; Valencienne The Merry Widow with the Philharmonia, Handel Solomon with Gabrieli Consort and Campra Le Carnaval de Venise with Le Concert Spirituel. She has worked with distinguished conductors including Lorin Maazel, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Andrew Davis, Gianandrea Noseda, Vladimir Jurowski, Ingo Metzmacher, Christophe Rousset, Thierry Fischer, Richard Hickox, Paul McCreesh, Edward Gardner, Jaap van Zweden, Jac van Steen, Ilan Volkov, Andrew Litton, John Wilson, Nicholas Collon, and Louis Langrée.
Commanding the 20th century and contemporary repertoire with great authority, Sarah has recently sung Ryan Wigglesworth’s Augenlieder with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Dallapiccola’s Partita with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms, Toch Die Chinesische Flöte with the Continuum Ensemble; 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 and Judy at Casa de Musica.