London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir & Trinity Boys Choir, cond. Hans Graf (LPO)
Sarah Tynan makes role debut as Rosina in the Barber of Seville in return to English National Opera
Sarah Tynan returns to English National Opera on 5 October 2017, making her role debut as Rosina in Jonathan Miller's popular production of The Barber of Seville, conducted by Hilary Griffiths. Tynan received critical acclaim for her last appearance at ENO, in the title role of Handel Partenope:
“In the title role, Sarah Tynan is deliciously tart, sustaining shining tone and crystal diction through eight taxing arias, notably the beautiful Act 2 ‘Voglio amare’”
Later this season Tynan makes another role debut, as Despina in Cosi fan tutte for Opera Holland Park. In concert she can be seen with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic singing Handel Messiah, Vaughan Williams Symphony No.7 with the Philharmonia and John Wilson, and Beethoven Symphony No.9 in a return to the Maggio Musicale with Fabio Luisi.
Sarah Tynan stars as Fiorilla in Turco in Italia at Garsington Opera
Sarah Tynan makes her role debut as Fiorilla in Rossini Il Turco in Italia at Garsington Opera this summer under the baton of David Parry.
Tynan was previously seen at Garsington last season in their Haydn Creation when she shared the stage with dancers from Ballet Rambert. Martin Duncan’s production of Il Turco in Italia returns to Garsington after a critically acclaimed premiere in 2011, and also stars Quirijn de Lang, Mark Stone, Katie Bray, and Luciano Botelho.
After a hugely successful run in the title role of Handel Partenope last season, Tynan will return to the English National Opera this autumn as Rosina in Jonathan Miller’s production of Rossini The Barber of Seville.
Il Turco in Italia opens on 26 June and runs through 15 July.
Sarah Tynan & Tim Mead star in Semele in Boston with the Handel & Haydn Society
Sarah Tynan and Tim Mead travel to Boston in May to join the Handel & Haydn Society for two performances of Handel Semele on 5 and 7 May 2017. Performing at Symphony Hall under the baton of Harry Christophers, Tynan sings the title role while Mead takes the role of Athamas.
Tynan and Mead are joined by a cast including Jeremy Budd, Matthew Brook, Paula Murrihy, Mireille Asselin, Woodrow Bynum and Stefan Reed.
Both Tynan and Mead are noted performers of Handel - Tynan recently sang the title role of Partenope at English National Opera, while Mead sang Ottone in Agrippina at Opera Vlaanderen:
"In the title role, Sarah Tynan is a queen bee with Nancy Cunard looks, Marlene Dietrich poses as she flaunts her pins on a handy chair and a voice gliding over the high coloratura like a butterfly over a flowerbed."
Times, March 2017
“This revival benefits from an exceptional Ottone in the person of Tim Mead. With a top drawer enchanting tone across the board and a wholly invested stage-presence, the English counter-tenor has everything going for him.”
Res Musica, March 2017
Sarah Tynan & Patricia Bardon return to English National Opera to star in Partenope
Sarah Tynan and Patricia Bardon return to English National Opera on 15 March 2017 to star in the first revival of Christopher Alden’s Olivier Award-winning production of Handel Partenope. Tynan returns to ENO to make her role debut in the title role, while Bardon returns in the role of Arsace. Christian Curnyn conducts a cast also featuring James Laing and Robert Murray.
Tynan’s highlights this season have included Haydn Creation with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner, and Woglinde in Das Rheingold with the Halle Orchestra. She closes the season as Fiorilla in Rossini Il Turco in Italia at Garsington Opera under the baton of David Parry.
Bardon most recently appeared as the Principessa in Puccini Suor Angelica for Opera North, and later this season can be seen in concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra singing Mahler Symphony No.8. She originally performed the role of Rosmira in the 2008 premier of Alden’s production of Partenope, to critical acclaim:
“Patricia Bardon, one of the most gifted baroque singers in the world, negotiated the runs with flexibility, sang with a richness of tone and revelled in the gender-bending opportunities the role of Rosmira afforded her.”
Musical Criticism, October 2008
Partenope runs until 24 March.
Sarah Tynan sings Haydn The Creation with the Bergen Philharmonic
Sarah Tynan joins Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic this month for two performances of Haydn Creation at the Grieghallen on 15 and 16 December 2016. Tynan will share the stage with tenor Robert Murray and baritone Neal Davies.
Later this season, Tynan returns to the English National Opera to make her role debut in the title role of Handel Partenope under the baton of Christian Curnyn, in Christopher Alden’s Olivier Award-winning production. In concert Tynan sings Orff Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, St Matthew Passion with the Bach Choir, Poulenc Stabat Mater with Ulster Orchestra and Jac van Steen, and the title role in Handel Semele for the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston.
Sarah Tynan, Susan Bickley & David Butt Philip join the Hallé for Das Rheingold in concert
Sarah Tynan, Susan Bickley and David Butt Philip join Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé at Bridgewater Hall on 27 November 2016 for a concert performance of Wagner Das Rheingold. Tynan (Woglinde), Bickley (Fricka) and Butt Philip (Froh) perform alongside Iain Paterson as Wotan, Samuel Youn as Alberich and Emma Bell as Freia.
Sarah Tynan has recently been seen at Sadlers Wells in the Garsington Opera / Ballet Rambert staged co-production of Haydn Creation. She also sings Creation next month with the Bergen Philharmonic, and in the new year returns to English National Opera in the title role of Handel Partenope.
Bickley appeared at Glyndebourne this summer as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, and has recently been seen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Matron in Shostakovich The Nose, in the hugely successful new production by Barrie Kosky.
Butt Philip last performed with Sir Mark Elder in Opera Rara’s Semiramide at the BBC Proms in 2016. Last season he also debuted the role of Pinkerton in Anthony Minghella’s acclaimed production of Madame Production at English National Opera, and later this season sings the role of Erik in Wagner Der Fliegende Holländer in his debut at Opéra de Lille.
Sarah Tynan joins Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance for staged Creation at Sadler's Wells
Sarah Tynan appears at Sadler's Wells with the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance this month, reprising her role as soprano soloist in Mark Baldwin’s staged production of Haydn The Creation on 10, 11 and 12 November 2016.
Baldwin's dance staging of The Creation features a cast of over fifty dancers and seventy musicians all coming together on the Sadler’s Wells stage under the baton of Paul Hoskins. The premiere performance took place at Garsington Opera in July 2016, with Tynan’s performance receiving rave reviews:
“A trio of top soloists – soprano Sarah Tynan, tenor James Gilchrist, bass-baritone Neal Davies – relished each aural detail”
Observer, July 2016
“Soprano Sarah Tynan has bright energy, sliding into sensuousness for Eve’s scenes”
Independent, July 2016
“The text was eloquently sung and clearly articulated, with purposeful expression, by Neal Davies (bass-baritone, representing both Adam and the archangel, Raphael), James Gilchrist (tenor, as archangel Uriel) and the elegant soprano, Sarah Tynan, as both Gabriel and Eve.”
Bachtrack, July 2016
Future highlights for Tynan this season include Woglinde in Das Rheingold with the Halle Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall, and the title role in Handel Partenope at English National Opera.
Sarah Tynan stars in staged Creation at Garsington Opera
Sarah Tynan stars in Garsington Opera’s staged production of Haydn Creation from 14 July 2016. The staging is directed and choreographed by Mark Baldwin, and features dancers from the Rambert ballet company. Neal Davies and James Gilchrist join Tynan on stage, conducted by Douglas Boyd.
This is the second interdisciplinary project Tynan has been a part of recently. Last month she received rave reviews for her “extraordinarily intrepid performance” (Times) in Struan Leslie’s production of Britten Les Illuminations for the Aldeburgh Festival, in which Tynan shared the stage with an ensemble of international circus performers.
Next season, Tynan returns to the English National Opera in the title role of Handel Partenope and repeats her performance in Garsington Opera’s Creation, this time at Sadler’s Wells in London.
There are three further performances of Creation on 15, 16 and 17 July at Garsington Opera.
"Pure-toned perfection": rave reviews for Sarah Tynan in Les Illuminations at Aldeburgh Festival
Sarah Tynan has received universal critical praise for her performance in the Aldeburgh Festival’s specially staged production of Britten Les Illuminations. Tynan performed alongside an ensemble of international circus performers in this uniquely acrobatic staging, which was devised and directed by Struan Leslie and accompanied by the Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon.
“Sarah Tynan maintained a superb poise and lovely tone, whilst being scarcely less acrobatic than the acrobats.”
Telegraph, June 2016
“Tynan was also excellent, delivering Britten’s settings with great incisiveness and carrying off with panache what the staging required of her, which included being lifted aloft herself at the end.”
Guardian, June 2016
“But, for all that, it was hard to tear one’s eyes from Tynan, who fearlessly attacked her role. And it says a lot that, throughout her physical exertions, her voice retained its jewel-like brilliance.”
Financial Times, June 2016
“Tynan "awoke" at Les Illuminations' heraldic fanfares, filling the hall with a burning luminescence to relate her dreams.”
Arts Desk, June 2016
"Tynan’s extraordinarily intrepid performance surely crosses into realms where no opera singer has gone before."
Times, June 2016
"Then there's Sarah Tynan's 25 minutes of pure-toned perfection in the cycle – the best account of Les Illuminations I've heard since Felicity Lott (although she, as I recall, remained earthbound). Tynan sings in impeccable French, can waft a gown and sing up a storm, and her physical derring-do is above and beyond the call of duty. What a performance."
What's on Stage, June 2016
"Sarah Tynan’s combination of clean, vibrant tone and her willingness to end Les illuminations perched within a stratospheric hoop is breathtaking. With evocations of night-time and dreams elsewhere in Britten’s works, this treatment is surely one of which he would have approved."
The Stage, June 2016
"Tynan’s voice of course is astonishing: pure violent vigour, breathtaking sweetness, goddess authority."
TheatreCat, June 2016
Sarah Tynan joins Nicholas Collon & the Aurora Orchestra for Britten Les Illuminations at Aldeburgh Festival
Sarah Tynan joins Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra as well as an ensemble of international circus performers this month for a specially staged production of Britten Les Illuminations at the Aldeburgh Festival on 10 June 2016. Nicholas Collon conducts the production, which has been devised and directed by Struan Leslie. Tynan sings Britten’s famous song cycle while interacting with the circus performers on stage. There are two further performances of Les Illuminations on 12 and 13 June.
Tynan can also be seen as Annchen in Weber Der Freischütz in the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment’s 30th Anniversary concert at the Royal Festival Hall on 7 June 2016. Sir Mark Elder conducts the semi-staged performance, which also features Wyn Pencarreg as Kuno, Rachel Willis-Sørenson as Agathe, Simon Bailey as Kaspar, and Sir John Tomlinson as the narrator.
Collon and the Auroras return to the BBC Proms on 31 July, when they perform a programme of Wolfgang Rihm Gejagte Form, R. Strauss Oboe Concerto with soloist François Leleux and Mozart Symphony No. 41 'Jupiter'.
Sarah Tynan steps in to sing Ginevra in Ariodante at Opéra de Lausanne
Sarah Tynan will stand in and sing the role of Ginevra in a new production of Ariodante at Opéra de Lausanne tonight, 20 April 2016, at very short notice. Earlier this season she debuted this role at Scottish Opera to major acclaim.
"Sarah Tynan’s Ginevra is dignified and ardent, her voice luminous and agile."
Guardian, February 2016
“Sarah Tynan’s Ginevra (her first) married sincerity of demeanour and sweetness of vocal address—this is a role in which Tynan deserves to go far.”
Opera, April 2016
This will be her first return to Lausanne since the premiere of Dai Fujikura’s Solaris in 2015. A celebrated Handelian soprano, she will make her role rebut as Partenope next season.
Sarah Tynan joins London Philharmonic Orchestra for Ein deutsches Requiem
Sarah Tynan returns to London this month for a performance of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, baritone Matthias Goerne and conductor Christoph Eschenbach at the Royal Festival Hall on 9 April 2016. Later in the month she joins Ilan Volkov and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to perform Mahler Symphony No.4 on 27 and 28 April.
Tynan has recently received rave reviews for her performances as Ginevra in Handel Ariodante with Scottish Opera, and later this season can be seen as Annchen in Weber Der Freischutz with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She also appears at the Aldeburgh Festival this June for a special staged production of Britten’s Les Illuminations alongside an ensemble of circus performers.
Sarah Tynan makes her role debut as Ginevra in Ariodante with Scottish Opera
Sarah Tynan makes her role debut as Ginevra in Handel Ariodante at Scottish Opera from 16 February 2016. Harry Fehr's new production also stars Caitlin Hulcup in the title role, Jennifer France as Dalinda and Ed Lyon as Lurcanio, and is conducted by Nicholas Kraemer.
Tynan most recently sang Merab in Handel Saul for Glyndebourne on Tour, and was praised by Opera magazine for her “flexibility and considerable tonal beauty.” Later this season, she joins Sir Mark Elder and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for their 30th Anniversary gala concert, a performance of Weber Der Freischütz. She can also be seen this spring at the Aldeburgh Festival in a special series of staged performances of Britten’s Les Illuminations.
Performances of Ariodante run through 27 February at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow, and at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh.
Louis Schwizgebel & Sarah Tynan perform Beethoven and Tippett with BBC Symphony Orchestra
Louis Schwizgebel and Sarah Tynan return to the BBC Symphony Orchestra on 17 December 2015, when they join the orchestra to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 and Tipett A Child of our Time at the Barbican Centre under the baton of Edward Gardner.
Schwizgebel’s recording of Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2 was released to critical acclaim in 2014, with BBC Music Magazine writing that his performance was “poised, lively and full of subtle, changing detail.” Gramophone observed that “Schwizgebel is a fine pianist technically, with a keenly attuned sense of poetry. His shaping of the melodies in these two concertos is beautifully done… Schwizgebel produces a beautifully nuanced account.”
Tynan is joined by Alice Coote, Rob Murray and Brindley Sherratt to perform Sir Michael Tippett's secular oratorio A Child of our Time. This month Tynan can also be heard in performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, as well as on tour to Switzerland, France, and Spain with the Gabrieli Consort. In February she makes her role debut as Ginevra in Handel Ariodante for Scottish Opera before returning to the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Orff Carmina Burana in March.
Sarah Tynan makes role debut as Merab in Glyndebourne on Tour's Saul
Sarah Tynan makes her role debut as Merab in Handel Saul on 24 October 2015, when she joins Glyndebourne's production on tour. Following performances at Glyndebourne, which mark Tynan’s mainstage house debut, the production tours to Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Norwich, and Plymouth. This new production of Saul, directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by Laurence Cummings, received unanimous praise when it premiered this summer at the Glyndebourne Festival. The touring cast features Henry Waddington in the title role, Anna Devin as Michal, Christopher Ainslie as David, and Benjamin Hulett as Jonathan.
'There is nothing safe about this show. It's a knockout that brings the work blazingly alive and transforms bewigged pieties into high human drama.’
Saul is the start of a busy season for Tynan, who can be heard in upcoming concerts with the Ulster Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and London Philharmonic Orchestra. She also sings her first Ginevra in Handel Ariodante with Scottish Opera in February 2016.
Sarah Tynan returns to Lincoln Center in Haydn's Creation with Louis Langrée
Sarah Tynan closes the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center with two performances of Haydn Creation under the baton of Festival Music Director Louis Langrée on 21 and 22 August 2015. They are joined on stage by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, tenor Thomas Cooley, and bass John Relyea. Earlier this season, Tynan and Langree were praised for their performances of Orff Carmina Burana with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra:
“Carmina Burana drew a full-house and listeners were not disappointed… Highlights - too numerous to mention - would include the following:… the sweet-voiced Children’s Choir and soprano Tynan in 'Amor volat undique' ('Love flies everywhere')…. Soprano Tynan in the tender 'In trutina') ('On the scales') where a maiden ponders surrendering her virginity, and in 'Dulcissime' ('Sweetest boy') where she does, with a high intervallic leap.”
Music in Cincinnati, January 2015
Following her appearances in New York, Tynan can be seen in the Glyndebourne on Tour production of Handel Saul, singing the role of Merab.
Sarah Tynan sings Haydn Creation with Handel & Haydn Society in Boston
Sarah Tynan sings Haydn The Creation with the Handel and Haydn Society on 1 and 3 May 2015 at Symphony Hall, Boston. Tynan joins a cast that also features tenor Jeremy Ovenden, baritone Matthew Brook, and alto Margaret Lias, while Harry Christophers will conduct the Period Instrument Orchestra. Tynan is renowned for her accomplished performances in Baroque repertoire, and will sing The Creation with the London Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner at the City of London Festival in June, as well as with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Louis Langrée at Lincoln Center in August.
Leigh Melrose & Sarah Tynan: Dai Fujikura’s Solaris world premiere in Paris
Leigh Melrose and Sarah Tynan sing in the world premiere of Dai Fujikura Solaris at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris on 5 March. Following the premiere, there will be one further performance in Paris on 7 March, followed by performances at Opera de Lille in late March, and Opera de Lausanne in April.
This world premiere piece is a collaboration between composer Dai Fujikura and librettist Saburo Teshigawara, who has also designed and choreographed the production. The opera in four acts will also feature Tom Randle, Callum Thorpe, and Marcus Farnsworth, and will be conducted by Erik Nielsen.
Sarah Tynan wins Best Female in an Opera Production award at the Wales Theatre Awards
Sarah Tynan has won the Best Female in an Opera Production award at the Wales Theatre Awards for her acclaimed performance as Manon in Hans Werner Henze Boulevard Solitude. The production ran at Welsh National Opera in February and March 2014, and earned Tynan rave reviews for her “first-rate” performance (Guardian).
Directed by the award winning Mariusz Trelinski, and conducted by WNO Musical Director Lothar Koenigs, the production formed part of Welsh National Opera’s “Fallen Women” season. Tynan appeared alongside tenor Jason Bridges, baritone Benjamin Bevan and tenor Adrian Thompson.
“Sarah Tynan gave the performance of a lifetime as Manon.”
Richard Bratby, Birmingham Post, March 2014
Sarah Tynan makes Cincinnati Symphony debut with Louis Langrée
Sarah Tynan makes her debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in three performances on 15, 16 and 18 January. Tynan will sing Orff Carmina Burana at the Cincinnati Music Hall, under the baton of music director Louis Langrée.
On the concert platform, Tynan has sung Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic. In March 2014, Tynan was featured on a recording of the piece with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Trinity Boys Choir and conductor Hans Graf. Click here to hear an excerpt.
Sarah Tynan sings Romilda Xerxes at English National Opera
Sarah Tynan returns to English National Opera to perform the role of Romilda in a revival of Nicholas Hynter’s acclaimed production of Handel’s Xerxes opening on 15 September. Tynan is joined by Alice Coote in the title role, with Michael Hofstetter conducting the production and Michael Walling directing the revival.
The production runs for six performances, closing on 3 October.
The performances of Xerxes at the London Coliseum come at the start of a busy 2014/15 season for Tynan, in which highlights include a performance of Ryan Wigglesworth’s Augenlieder with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of the composer, Haydn’s Creation with Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston and the role of Hari in the world premiere of Daï Fujikura's Solaris at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Opéra de Lille and Opéra de Lausanne.
High praise for Sarah Tynan in five-star new production of Boulevard Solitude
Sarah Tynan has received rave reviews for her sensational performance of Manon Lescaut in Mariusz Trelinski’s new production of Hans Werner Henze’s Boulevard Solitude at Welsh National Opera.
After performances at Wales Millennium Centre last week, Boulevard Solitude now travels to the Birmingham Hippodrome (6 March), Milton Keynes Theatre (13 March), Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre (20 March), Plymouth’s Theatre Royal (27 March) and Llandudno’s Venue Cymru (3 April).
“Sarah Tynan’s Manon is both damaged and hardened; sensual and seemingly sincere one moment, coarse and venal the next. The way that her face and gestures uncannily capture the transitions and tensions between these extremes is mesmerising. So, too, is her singing: the effortless sweetness, coming from this stockings-and-suspenders tart, only emphasising Manon’s elusiveness.”
Richard Morrison, Times, five stars, February 2014
“Sarah Tynan’s Lulu-esque Manon is the best thing she has done.”
Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, March 2014
“All other characters are archetypes – which in no way detracts from the elusive power of Sarah Tynan’s slim, chic, lingerie-clad Manon, one of the best things she has done.”
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, March 2014
“Sarah Tynan preserves immaculate control while being variously displayed and pawed at by assorted pig-masked sugar-daddies.”
Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk, February 2014
“Tynan’s Manon is heartless and spineless, a human void – but one who sings with an icy clarity and accuracy that makes her irresistible. Her performance is first-rate.”
Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph, February 2014
“Manon is an extremely sexy, tough and ruthless young woman, beautifully portrayed by Sarah Tynan.”
Mark Ronan, February 2014
“Sarah Tynan's sinuous, leggy Manon [was] first rate.”
Andrew Clements, Guardian, February 2014
“Both [Sarah Tynan and Jason Bridges] give first-rate dramatic accounts.”
George Hall, The Stage, February 2014
Sarah Tynan stars in new production of Henze’s Boulevard Solitude
Sarah Tynan takes the leading role in Mariusz Trelinski’s new production of Henze’s rarely performed Boulevard Solitude this season.
In the role of Manon Lescaut, Tynan showcases her acclaimed versatility and renowned skills as a musical interpreter and communicator, traits which place her in great demand as a leading exponent of contemporary repertoire. Tynan previously performed at Welsh National Opera in the premiere of James MacMillan’s much lauded The Sacrifice and next season will appear in the world premiere of Dai Fujikura’s Solaris, co-produced in France and Switzerland.
Directed by the award winning Trelinski, one the most exciting and ground-breaking directors working in Opera, Theatre and Film today, the piece forms part of Welsh National Opera’s “Fallen Women” season, and promises to be one the most exciting productions of post-1950 contemporary opera performed this season.
Tynan appears alongside tenor Jason Bridges, baritone Benjamin Bevan and tenor Adrian Thompson, with the production conducted by WNO Musical Director, Lothar Koenigs.
Following Boulevard Solitude, Tynan will make her house debut at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées as Roggiero in Rossini’s Tancredi, appearing with Marie-Nicole Lemieux who sings the title role.
Boulevard Solitude opens at Wales Millennium Centre on 26 February and with a second performance on 28 February, Boulevard Solitude then travels to the Birmingham Hippodrome (6 March), Milton Keynes Theatre (13 March), Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre (20 March), Plymouth’s Theatre Royal(27 March) and Llandudno’s Venue Cymru (3 April).