Winner of the 2009 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, soprano Sarah-Jane Brandon studied at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the Royal College of Music, and was a participant on the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project in 2011.
This season Sarah-Jane Brandon’s concert engagements include a tour of the Netherlands with the BBCSO and Martyn Brabbins, performing Howell’s Hymns Paradisi; her debut at the Berlin Konzerthaus with Ivan Fischer and the Konzerthaus Orchestra; Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Omer Meir Wellber at the Dresden Music Festival.; and she will appear in London, Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Bruges, Budapest, and New York (Lincoln Centre) in performances of Die Zauberflöte with Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. In recital Sarah-Jane will appear at the Wigmore Hall with James Baillieu; at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris with Christopher Glynn and in London and throughout the UK with Gary Matthewman in a complete performance of the Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch. Among Sarah-Jane’s future operatic commitments include her role debut as Giulietta I Capuleti e i Montecchi in a new production and her return to the Dresden Semperoper for a new production.
In the 2014–15 season Sarah-Jane Brandon appeared as Contessa Le nozze di Figaro (Dresden Semperoper, as well as for the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland, on tour for Aix En Provence Festival in Bahrain and at English National Opera). In concert she appeared with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in Budapest and Abu Dhabi; with the Munich Radio Orchestra and for the Classical Opera Company. She also made her debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid in performances of Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato for the Mark Morris Dance Group conducted by Jane Glover.
Sarah-Jane’s recent opera appearances have included Micäela Carmen (Deutsche Oper, Berlin); Contessa Le nozze di Figaro (Glyndebourne, Opéra de Dijon and Opera-Theatre de Saint-Etienne); Pamina (Die Zauberflöte for the Opéra de Nice); Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma), and Desdemona Otello (Cape Town Opera).
Her recent concert engagements have included Haydn’s Nelson Mass (London Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin); Viennese Gala Concerts (Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Rösner); Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Sir Roger Norrington and her debut at the Concertgebouw in Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony (Boston Philharmonic Orchestra).
Further highlights include an appearance at La Scala, Milan with Maestro Placido Domingo, Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner; Mahler’s Symphony No 4 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sylvain Cambreling, and appearances at the Edinburgh Festival with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis; the Mozarteum Orchestra and Ivor Bolton; the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Kurt Masur; the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko and with the London Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink.
In recital her appearances include Trinity College Cambridge and the Leeds Lieder Festival with Malcolm Martineau; the Musée d’Orsay and Birmingham’s Barber Institute with Simon Lepper and the Wigmore Hall and the Buxton, Hay-on-Wye and Oxford Lieder Festivals with Gary Matthewman. She features on the Complete Poulenc Edition accompanied by Graham Johnson which was recently released by Hyperion Records.