Born in Connecticut in the US, Sarah Labiner has now lived and been based in London for several years, where she studied at the Royal College of Music. Having grown up in the theatre, Sarah also has a strong foundation in ballet and dramatic training. Her bright, high coloratura is ideally suited for the high-lying roles of Zerbinetta, Blonde & Queen of the Night and it is in this repertoire that she feels very much “at home” vocally. Sarah also trained on the ENO Opera Works programme and appears with English National Opera over the coming seasons.
London-based coloratura soprano Sarah Labiner recently trained with the English National Opera’s Opera Works programme. She earned her Master of Music degree from the Royal College of Music and was a Watson Scholar at the North Carolina School of the Arts. She is currently performing her debut role of Jano in Jenufawith the English National Opera and will return to ENO in the autumn of 2016 as 15-year-old Girl in the new William Kentridge production of Lulu.
Recent scenes performances include Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos (standard version and original 1912 version), Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, and Poppea Agrippina with ENO Opera Works. Sarah has sung Adina L’elisir d’amore, Clarice Il mondo della luna, and Graduation Girl Street Scene with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, Gasparina La canterina with the North Carolina School of the Arts, made appearances with Piedmont Opera, and covered the role of Sophie Wertherat the Grimeborn Festival in London. Other scenes performances include Amore Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Despina Così fan tutte, and Flora The Turn of the Screw with the Royal College of Music, and Asteria Tamerlano, and Ilia Idomeneowith Canta in Italia. Performance venues include the London Coliseum, Bloomsbury Theatre, The Travellers Club, The Stevens Center, Fletcher Opera Theatre, and the Britten Theatre.
As a concert soloist in the USA and UK, Sarah has performed the Brahms Requiem, Schubert Mass in G, Vivaldi Gloria, Fauré Requiem, Bernstein Mass, Mozart Exsultate Jubilate, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Handel Messiah, and Mozart Great Mass in C minor. Song repertoire in recital has included works by Strauss, Debussy, Fauré, Poulenc, Schubert, Wolf, Pasatieri, Argento, Rorem, and Meirion Williams.
Having grown up in the theatre, Sarah has a strong foundation in ballet and dramatic training. Also a keen linguist, she has studied German, Italian, and French, and is currently working to gain further proficiency in Welsh. Sarah takes a particular interest in vocal pedagogy, having written her Master of Music thesis on methods of breath management and support and also having researched and taught workshops on harmonic overtone singing. With a great enthusiasm for musical outreach, Sarah has worked with English National Opera’s Baylis programme as well as helping run workshops at the Royal College of Music and other London events.
Sarah has won multiple awards at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition and was awarded a Dean’s Discretionary Grant through the North Carolina School of the Arts to study in Italy with the Canta in Italia programme. Her training with English National Opera’s Opera Works was generously supported by an anonymous sponsor.