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Sarah Tynan

Soprano

  • Sarah Tynan’s exceptional versatility and engaging stage presence have earned her a place in the league of elite British sopranos. She enjoys huge success in baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire, and appears regularly with leading orchestras and ensembles. Last season Tynan received rave reviews for Aldeburgh’s staged production of Britten’s Les Illuminations, prompting The Times to comment that her “extraordinarily intrepid performance surely crosses into realms where no opera singer has gone before."

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  • Tynan begins the 2017/18 season with a return to the English National Opera in her role debut as Rosina in Jonathan Miller’s production of The Barber of Seville. In concert Tynan will sing Messiah with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Nicholas Kraemer, Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 7 with the Philharmonia and John Wilson, and will return to the Maggio Musicale to sing Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Fabio Luisi. She will close the season at Opera Holland Park, where she will make her role debut as Despina in Cosi fan tutte.


    Tynan recently sang a “mesmerising” Manon Lescaut in Henze’s Boulevard Solitude at Welsh National Opera, a role for which she recently received the Welsh Theatre Award for Best Female in an Opera Production. She was critically acclaimed for her performance in the title role of Handel Partenope at ENO, and for her Fiorilla in Rossini Il Turco in Italia at Garsington Opera. Tynan also recently participated in staged productions of Britten Les Illuminations at the Aldeburgh Festival, and Haydn Creation for Garsington Opera. Other operatic highlights include the title role in Handel Semele for the Handel and Haydn Society, Merab in the Glyndebourne on Tour production of Handel Saul, Ginevra in Handel Ariodante with Scottish Opera, the world premiere of Dai Fujikura’s Solaris at Théâtre des Champs- Élysées, Opéra de Lille and Opéra de Lausanne; both Romilda Xerxes and Marzelline in Calixto Bieito’s production of Fidelio at English National Opera, Cleopatra Giulio Cesare and Carrie Pipperidge Carousel at Opera North, Sharon Disney in the world premiere of Philip Glass The Perfect American at Teatro Real and ENO, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro at Cincinnati Opera, Iris Semele at La Monnaie, Dalinda Ariodante at Opera de Oviedo, Servilia La clemenza di Tito with the OAE, and Luigi Nono’s Al gran sole carico d’amore at the Salzburg Festival. At the ENO, she has also sung lead roles including Adina Elixir of Love, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Ilia Idomeneo, Zerlina Don Giovanni, and Tytania A Midsummer Night's Dream.


    On the concert platform, Tynan recently made her Cincinnati Symphony debut in Carmina Burana, which she has also sung with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony, and recorded with London Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed Poulenc Stabat Mater with Ulster Orchestra and Jac van Steen, Woglinde in Wagner Das Rheingold with the Halle Orchestra, Brahms Requiem with the Bournemouth Symphony and London Philharmonic, Ännchen Der Freischütz with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Haydn Creation with the London Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Handel & Haydn Society (CD: Coro, 2015); Tippett A Child of Our Time with the BBC Symphony, Mahler Symphony No.8 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Philharmonia; Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Valencienne The Merry Widow with the Philharmonia, Handel Solomon with Gabrieli Consort and Campra Le Carnaval de Venise with Le Concert Spirituel.


    Commanding the 20th century and contemporary repertoire with great authority, Tynan has recently sung Ryan Wigglesworth’s Augenlieder with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Dallapiccola’s Partita with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms, Toch Die Chinesische Flöte with the Continuum Ensemble; Unsuk Chin’s Kala with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Megan in James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice at Welsh National Opera, Monique in Elizabeth Maconchy’s The Sofa for Independent Opera and Pretty Polly in Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy at Casa de Musica.

    2017-18 season / 648 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Season highlights

Rosina The Barber of Seville
English National Opera


Handel Messiah
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic


Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 7
Philharmonia Orchestra


Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (cond. Fabio Luisi)
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino


Despina Cosi fan tutte
Opera Holland Park

Opera repertoire

Beethoven
Marzelline Fidelio


Bernstein
Cunegonde Candide


Birtwistle
Pretty Polly Punch and Judy


Britten
Governess The Turn of the Screw
Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream 


Campra
Le Carnaval de Venise


Cavalli
Title role La Calisto 


Donizetti
Adina L’elisir d’amore
Title role Lucia di Lammermoor
Norina Don Pasquale 


Gilbert & Sullivan
Yum Yum Mikado
Elsie Maynard Yeoman of the Guard
Gianetta The Gondoliers
Mabel Pirates of Penzance


Glass
Sharon Disney The Perfect American
Eurydice Orphee* 


Handel
Iphis Jephtha
Ginevra Ariodante
Romilda Xerxes
Title role Semele
Cleopatra Giulio Cesare
Merab Saul
Angelica Orlando
Title role Alcina
Title role Rodelinda 


Henze
Manon Boulevard Solitude 


Humperdinck
Gretel Hansel and Gretel 


Janáček
Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen


Lehar
Valencienne The Merry Widow


Macmillan
Megan The Sacrifice


Maconchy
Monique The Sofa 


Monteverdi
Melanto / Fortune Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria
Title role / Drusilla L’incoronazione di Poppea


Mozart
Susanna Le nozze di Figaro
Ilia Idomeneo
Servilia La clemenza di Tito
Zerlina Don Giovanni
Despina Così fan tutte
Pamina Die Zauberflöte
Donna Elvira Don Giovanni*


Nono
Al gran sole carico d’amore


Poulenc
Blanche Dialogues des Carmélites


Puccini
Musetta La bohème
Lauretta Gianni Schicchi 


Purcell
Belinda Dido and Aeneas 


Ravel
Feu/Rossignol L'enfant et les Sortilèges


Rossini
Elvira L'Italiana in Algeri
Fiorilla Il Turco in Italia
Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia
Roggiero Tancredi 


Saariaho
Clémence L'amour de loin 


Strauss, J.
Adele Die Fledermaus 


Strauss, R.
Zdenka Arabella*
Sophie Der Rosenkavalier


Stravinsky
Anne Trulove The Rake's Progress


Tippett
Bella Midsummer Marriage


Verdi
Gilda Rigoletto


von Weber
Annchen Der Freischutz


Weill
Rose Maurrant Street Scene 


*in preparation

Concert repertoire

Bach
St John Passion
St Matthew Passion*
Magnificat


Beethoven
Mass in C
Symphony No.9


Berg
Lulu Suite


Berlioz
Les nuits d’été
Voix Céleste La Damnation de Faust


Brahms
Ein Deutsches Requiem


Britten
Les Illuminations


Dallapiccola
Partita


Fauré
Requiem


Handel
Messiah
Jephtha
Dixit Dominus
Acis and Galatea
Saul
Solomon 


Haydn
The Creation
The Seasons
*
Nelson Mass
Stabat Mater


Mahler
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 8


Mendelssohn
Elijah
A Midsummer Night's Dream 


Mozart
Requiem
Mass in C Minor
Exsultate Jubilate
Concert Arias


Orff
Carmina Burana


Poulenc
Gloria
Stabat Mater


Rutter
Requiem


Saariaho
Emilie Suite


Tippett
A Child of Our Time


Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music
Symphony No.7
Donna nobis pacem 


Vivaldi
Gloria


Wigglesworth, R
Augenlieder 


*in preparation 

British soprano Sarah Tynan was a beguiling, vivacious Semele, and the character shone through in her voice, countenance, and posture. Her florid ‘Myself I shall adore’ fluttered in ecstasy, and her final air insisting that Jupiter show himself to her glowed with greedy joy.

Boston Globe

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

Sarah Tynan sounds utterly ravishing as Fiorilla.... It’s as close to perfection in a Rossini comedy as you could wish for. A world-class achievement.

The Stage

Intermusica represents Sarah Tynan worldwide

Julia Maynard
Director / Head of Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9902
jmaynard@intermusica.co.uk

Rachel Walters
Senior Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9903
rwalters@intermusica.co.uk

Martha Hartman
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9921
mhartman@intermusica.co.uk

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