All lithe and limb and secure in voice with a penetrating top, Sarah Sweeting swooned seductively as Venus
Herald Sun - Melbourne Opera - Tannhauser
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.
A distinctive voice with a large vocal range, she has an extensive repertoire and has performed in the UK, France, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Asia, Barbados, Australia, New Zealand and China, over the past 20 years.
She has appeared with Opera Australia, Opera Holland Park, Opera Queensland, State Opera South Australia, 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.
Her roles have included Leonora (Il Trovatore), Madama Butterfly, Sieglinde, Carmen, Liu, Fiordiligi, Countess Almaviva, Donna Elvira, Musetta, First Lady, Second Lady, Third Lady, Le Converse, The Monitoress (Sour Angelica), Orlofsky, 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), Suzuki 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 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 performed the role of Cio Cio San in Co*Opera's Madama Butterfly and Second Lady in the Magic Flute, touring throughout South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. She also starred in the opening gala for the Melbourne Fashion Week 2015.
In 2016, Sarah debuted the role of Venus in Tannhauser for Melbourne Opera then toured China in The Magic Flute with The Australian International Opera Company. She opened 2017 covering the roles of Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana and Deaconess in Krol Roger for Opera Australia. Sarah continued her association with Melbourne Opera and the Wagner repertoire, performing Ortrud in their production of Lohengrin. For her first production of 2018, Sarah debuts the role of Brangaine in Melbourne Opera's Tristan and Isolde under the baton of Wagner specialist Anthony Negus.
Recordings: La Traviata - Opera Australia; The Mikdao - Carl Rosa Opera; Carmen – Carlton Classics and Notturni ed Alba - BBC