Welcome to Sarah Leonard's website
Home page of British Soprano, Sarah Leonard
Sarah Leonard’s unique voice and unrivaled musicianship have led to a long and distinguished career as one of the world’s leading interpreters of Contemporary Classical music. She has performed all over the world giving many first performances by distinguished composers, in opera, and concert and has made over thirty recordings.
Sarah is also passionate about British Music, championing young composers and forgotten gems, through workshops, master classes and regular song recitals, and combines all this with a thriving teaching practice.
In 2013 Sarah was made an Honorary Doctor of Music, by Hull University, for her services to music. In April 2015 Sarah was elected the Chairman of the Association of English Singers and Speakers.
Sarah’s career now encompasses teaching and performing. She is in great demand as an experienced singing teacher and vocal coach. For more information please visit the Teaching page.
2017 new CD release. Mandala 3. Chamber Music by David Lumsdaine and Nicola LeFanu. Gemini Emsemble, Métier
David Lumsdaine’s fire in leaf and grass for soprano and clarinet… Sarah Leonard brings a beautifully shaped, superbly animated performance ..
Nicola LeFanu’s Trio II: Song for Peter
Sarah Leonard bursts out with a series of declaimed ‘Ah’s’ showing her great vocal strength and agility in this taxing part.
LeFanu’s Trio 2: Song for Peter performed here with particular poise and fire by soprano Sarah Leonard
Sarah Leonard's soaring and ethereal vocals on Dark Angel stood out as one of the evening's real highlights.
The song-cycle "In Praise of Dreams", by Birmingham-based Joe Cutler was sung by soprano Sarah Leonard, who was responsible for the original commission, with Stephen Gutman piano. Both are leading exponents of contemporary music. Leonard excels in particular in the final poem …with a rich clarity.
Lachenmann’s wonderful piece "Got Lost" is a showcase for composer and performers alike – at turns percussive, sensuous ... even amusing. Soprano Sarah Leonard and pianist Rolf Hind were in their element as they demonstrated exemplary skill in ensemble and articulation, and unrivalled sensitivity to timbral nuance. This riveting concert was an astounding display of technique and musicality that will stand (for me at least) as one of the musical highlights of the last decade.
"Life Story" op 8 by Thomas Adès was teasingly, brilliantly acted out vocally by Sarah Leonard...
Sarah Leonard’s superb renderings of Paul Barker’s Three Songs for Sylvia Plath comprehensively vindicate the inspiring effect her remarkable voice had on the composer during their early days at the Guildhall School of Music. Sensitively supported by Barker’s subtle harmonic effects at the piano, Leonard caresses the lyrical phrases and transcends the grand melodic leaps with astonishing flexibility. There can hardly be a more potent musical interpretation of Plath’s wondrous delineation of childbirth. Leonard premiered Barker’s opera Some Dirty Tricks (concerning the intrigues between BA and Virgin Atlantic) in 1997 and she makes a seductive hostess here, escorting the listener with vocal aerobatics and imposing theatrical presence. Barker’s dynamic energy in the work’s piano sonnets (interludes) and Leonard’s seductive allure – showing breathtaking virtuosity at the extremes of her vocal range – are irresistible.