The South African
soprano Sarah-Jane Brandon was born in Johannesburg and studied
singing at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2009 she won the
First Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Vocal Competition in London.
During her time at
the Royal College of Music, Sarah-Jane Brandon already sang the role
of Mozart’s Pamina (Die Zauberflöte),
Sandrina (La finta giardiniera)
and Marenka in Smetana’s Bartered
Bride. At the London Handel Festival,
she sang the role of Lisaura in Handel’s Alessandro.
During the 2010-11 season, she made her English National Opera debut.
On the concert
podium, Sarah-Jane Brandon has performed in Mendelssohn’s Elias
with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Kurt Masur, in Mozart’s Requiem
with the City of Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra under Andris Nelsons and in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with
the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko.
As a song recitalist,
Sarah-Jane Brandon has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, at the
Crush Bar at the Royal Opera House, at the Chester Festivals, Buxton
Festival as well as the Oxford and Leeds Lieder Festivals.
Among her future
projects is her debut at this year’s Edinburgh Festival as Crobyle
in Massenet’s Thaïs with
the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis,
performances in Mendelssohn’s A
Midsummer Night’s Dream with the
London Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, Aminta in Mozart’s
Il re pastore with
the Classical Opera Company under Ian Page, Haydn’s Nelson
Mass with the London Philharmonic
Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sylvain Cambreling.