Sarah Ann Walker, a New Zealand Soprano, was a Young Artist with Pacific Opera where she performed 1st Lady from Mozart’s The Magic Flute in the 2011 production, and previously a Young Artist with NBR New Zealand Opera where she understudied the roles of Liu in Puccini’s Turandot and Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust. Sarah Ann has also been a soloist with some of New Zealand and Australia’s most renowned orchestras including the Winter Festival, the Summer Festival and the Christmas Concert with The Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, The Blossom Festival and Soprano Soloist for Mozart’s Requiem with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and the soprano soloist for the Vesperae Solennes and Missa Brevis by Mozart with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, The Auckland Symphony Orchestra, The New Zealand Youth Orchestra, The UNSW Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and will debut in 2012 with the Willoughby Symphony.
Most recently, Sarah Ann was the soprano soloist for Handel’s Solomon with UNSW, and sang the role of Giorgetta with Sydney Independent Opera’s production of Il Tabarro, the soprano solo in the Verdi Requiem with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, Sarah will continue to work with Opera Australia and will also make her R. Strauss Four Last Songs debut with the North Sydney Symphony and perform for The Wagner Society of NSW.
New Zealand born soprano, Sarah Ann Walker has been a young artist with NBR NZ Opera 2006/2007 where she understudied the roles of Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust and Liu in Puccini’s Turandot and also with Pacific Opera in 2011, where she sang the role of First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
In 2012, Sarah Ann performed Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro with Sydney Independent Opera, The Soprano Solos in Handel’s Solomon, Verdi’s Requiem and for several concerts including with Artsong NSW, and working with Opera Australia in several productions.
In 2013, Sarah Ann will continue to work with Opera Australia and will also sing R. Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra and perform with the Wagner Society amongst other engagements.
Sarah Ann’s concerts
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We asked Sarah Ann a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? I was 2 when I started singing but it wasn’t until I was 21 years old that I began having lessons and found a passion for Music and in particular, opera.
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? When I’m not performing, I can be found creating new opportunities, working with Designers, Director and Musicians to create something spectacular for Sydney audiences!
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? A glass of water which ideally could be followed by a G&T.
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? Considering the old analogy that you can only move as fast as your slowest participant, perhaps the best way to answer this is by suggesting that when designing a concert, a similar methodology should be taken into account – at what point would someone, interested, but possibly new to opera, be overwhelmed? This seems to sit around the hour bracket. So, one could program 45 mins break 10-15 mins, then another 45 mins, for example.
- When should we clap? I personally don’t have a preference, but because I know that others do, I don’t clap until the end of a piece. I think that if someone has loved something enough to have to show their appreciation immediately, then so be it.