Sarah Sweeting's exacting and powerful Ortrud is a Lady Macbeth clinging to the dark elements of the old German pantheon
The Australian - Melbourne Opera - Ortrud/Lohengrin
After the critical acclaim and Green Room Nominations for her performances in the roles of Venus and Ortrud for Melbourne Opera's productions of Tannhauser and Lohengrin, in 2018 Sarah completed their recent highly successful production of Tristan and Isolde, performing the role of Brangaene.
She returns to the UK for concerts and workshops then later in the year, tours China singing Amneris in Aida with The Australian International Production Company.
She continues her association with Opera Australia, with her covering roles in Cavalleria Rusticana and King Roger in 2017. She has performed across the UK, France, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Asia, Barbados, Australia, New Zealand and China, over the past 20 years.
She has appeared with Opera Australia, Melbourne Opera, Opera Holland Park, Opera Queensland, State Opera South Australia, The Australian International Opera Company, Lyric Opera Dublin, Carl Rosa Opera, London Opera Festival, Jakarta Festival, Travelling Opera UK, Longborough Festival Opera, London City Opera, Macau Music Festival, Holders Barbados Festival, Opera Kernow, Co*Opera, Harbour City Opera and Opera Bites.
Roles include: Ortrud, Brangaene, Carmen, Venus, Sieglinde, Liu, Fiordiligi, Cio Cio San, Orlofsky, Suzuki, Countess Almaviva, Donna Elvira, Leonora (Il Trovatore), Musetta, First Lady, Second Lady, Third Lady, Le Converse, Zelatrice (Sour Angelica), La Ciesca, Alma March in the Australian Premiere of Little Women, Phoebe (Yeoman of the Guard), Iolanthe, Pitti-Sing, Berta, Sister Lillian (Dead Man Walking, Sydney State Theatre), and performed the role of Miss Baggott from the opera The Little Sweep at the Hobart Theatre Royal, Tasmania.
On the concert platform, Sarah appeared as a soloist at the Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre for the Covent Garden Festival, John McCabe's Notturni Ed Alba at the Westminster Central Hall, Opera performances at the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall London, Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Die Erste Walpurgisnacht (Mendelssohn), with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and with the Tall Poppeas at the Armidale Bach Music Festival.
Sarah began her performing career treading the boards of London's West End Theatres, including the celebrated Broadway version of The Pirates of Penzance at the London Palladium, in which she sang the roles of Edith and Isobel and understudied the role of Mabel.
She performed the role of Annina in Opera Australia's inaugural Handa Opera on Sydney's Harbour performance of La Traviata and sang the role of Melissa in the Australian Premiere of La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina for Ondine Productions in Sydney. She also starred in the opening gala for the Melbourne Fashion Week.
Recordings: La Traviata - Opera Australia; The Mikdao - Carl Rosa Opera; Carmen - Carlton Classics; Notturni ed Alba – BBC