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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Sally Harrison joined Wokingham Choral Society at Reading University Great Hall on 22nd November 2008 to perform Mozart's Mass in C Minor KV 427.

September 2008

Sally Harrison       Soprano

Born in Surrey, Sally Harrison trained at the Royal Northern College of Music with Joseph Ward, and at the National Opera Studio. Since graduating, her career has taken her throughout the UK, to Europe and the Far East. She has appeared with the Classical Opera Company, the English Bach Festival, English National Opera, the Greek National Opera, the Opera Society of Hong Kong, Scottish Opera, and at the Buxton Festival and La Fenice, Venice, in repertoire including Pat Nixon Nixon in China, Micaëla Carmen, Lucia Lucia di Lammermoor, Poppea Agrippina, Romilda Xerxes, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte, Pamina The Magic Flute, Countess Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta La bohème, the title role in Daphne, The Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier, Yum-Yum The Mikado and Gilda Rigoletto. During 2004 / 2005, she appeared as Carlotta The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, London.

Her concert repertoire ranges from J. S. Bach, Handel and Mozart through Rossini and Verdi to Elgar, Richard Strauss and Vaughan Williams. Recent engagements have included appearances with the Young Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sussex Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Conductors with whom she has worked in opera and concert include Nicholas Braithwaite, Ivor Bolton, Stephen Cleobury, Laurence Cummings, Paul Daniel, Noel Davies, Mark Elder, Sian Edwards, Alexander Gibson, Charles Groves, Jan Latham Koenig, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Charles Mackerras, Naoto Otomo, Ian Page, David Parry, Mark Shanahan, Jeffrey Tate and David Willcocks. Her concert repertoire includes Beethoven Missa Solemnis, the Brahms, Dvorak, Fauré, Mozart and Verdi Requiems, Dvorak Stabat Mater and Te Deum, Elgar The Kingdom, Haydn The Creation, Mozart Mass in C Minor and Vesperae solemnes de confessore, Poulenc Gloria, Rachmaninov The Bells, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Tippett A Child of Our Time and Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem and A Sea Symphony.

Sally Harrison is a specialist in the music of Hans Werner Henze, and has sung Minette The English Cat in Berlin, Gütersloh, London and at the Montepulciano Festival, Cantata della fiaba estrema with the Scharoun Ensemble of Berlin, Novae de infinito laudes with the London Sinfonietta and Whispers of Heavenly Death with the Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt. Her recordings include Mercédès Carmen for Chandos and Sultana Rose-in-Bloom The Rose of Persia for cpo and her broadcasts include Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2.

"In the name-part Sally Harrison displayed a clear tone, firm line and smooth coloratura technique." Lucia: Lucia di Lammermoor / Stowe Opera / Opera

"...the star of the evening was undoubtedly Sally Harrison. Her performance of the Pie Jesu in the Requiem was nothing short of sublime." Fauré: Requiem / Aberdeen Choral Society / Press and Journal

"...her sheer purity of tone and accuracy of pitch were spellbinding." Being Beauteous / English Chamber Orchestra c. Jeffrey Tate / The Times

"Sally Harrison as Minette sang not only the most beautiful coloraturas, but also played the young innocent with charm." Minette: The English Cat / Hebbeltheater, Berlin / Akadmie der Künste

"Sally Harrison's La Musica opened the evening alluringly." La Musica: L'Orfeo / English Bach Festival Trust / Opera

"Sally Harrison was a glorious Fiordiligi, fickle and remorseful with a beautiful singing voice." Fiordiligi: Così fan tutte / Co Opera Ireland / Munster Express

"Sally Harrison was a delicious Countess, full of life and delivering a gorgeous 'Dove Sono'..." Countess Almaviva: Le nozze di Figaro / OTC, Dublin / Sunday Tribune

"Sally Harrison was a sparky Musetta and she flirted with style and sexiness. Her Quando m'en vo was glorious in its waltzy flirtation and she sizzled in the quarrel quartet...." Musetta: La bohème / Co Opera Ireland / Munster Express

"Sally Harrison, as the Sultana Rose-in-Bloom, has the most ornate musical passages. Initially, her voice sounds dark and mezzoish, but she rises (in both senses) to the requirements of Sullivan's coloratura." Sultana Rose-in-Bloom: The Rose of Persia / cpo CDs / International Record Review