Soprano Sarah Minns started her operatic career at 18 years old playing the role of Verity in the world premiere of Jago by Mike Westbrook (broadcast on BBC Radio 3).
Sarah has worked with many of the national opera companies including Opera North, Opera Holland Park, Grange Park Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera, and Opera Rara.
Operatic roles include: Elle La Voix Humaine, Norina Don Pasquale, Adina E’lisir d’amore, Susanna The Marriage of Figaro, Musetta La Boheme, Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen, Carolina Il Matrimonio Segreto, Karolina The Two Widows, Frasquita Carmen, Gretel Hansel and Gretel, Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring, Bianca/Gabriella La Rondine.
Sarah is passionate about new writing. Recent contemporary opera projects include:
Adina A Feast in the Time of Plague by Alex Woolf & David Poutney
Title role The Young Wife** by Katarzyna Brochocka
Miss Havisham** Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night by Dominick Argento
Ulla Ulla’s Odyssey by Anthony Young
Lou Salomé** Insomnia by Manfred Trojahn
Martha The Choker (Tête à Tête)
One and the Crowd (Wept)… (Tête à Tête)
Violet The Invited (Grimeborn)
title role of Eleanor Vale (World Premiere by John Barber)
Sprite Fantastic Mr. Fox by Tobias Picker (Opera Holland Park)
Swan* Swanhunter by Jonathan Dove (Opera North)
Opera in development includes: Anon (Errolyn Wallen) for Welsh National Opera, the role of Charlotte in Unquiet (John Barber) for Company of Angels, Cassandra, The Trojan Woman (Sarah Taylor Ellis).
Film projects include the role of Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme for finite films.
Opera on record includes; Flower girl/Forest creature The poisoned Kiss conducted by Richard Hickox for CHANDOS Records, and Rossini’s Semiramide with Sir Mark Elder conducting for Opera Rara.
Sarah trained at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. During her time in Cardiff Sarah held a vocal scholarship with the BBC and sang with Welsh National Youth Opera.
Sarah is highly regarded for her acting. As a student she was awarded the Redman Interpretation Prize. Other awards include the Peter Morris Scholarship for Sopranos, Aneurin Davies Memorial Prize, Dolan Evans Memorial Award & the Margaret Tann Williams Award.
Sarah is also a trained dancer. Her dance background has formed the basis of a strong interest in physical theatre, mime, clowning and puppetry.
Sarah is very experienced on the oratorio and concert platform. She enjoys singing a wide variety of repertoire. She has performed as a soloist for the BBC, and has been guest soloist for a number of high profile corporate companies and charities.
Lili Beguin, Margot la Rouge (Delius)
21, 23, 27, 31 July 2022, 2,4,6 August 2022, Opera Holland Park
Musetta, La Boheme
**One Woman Opera