Beth Willer

Sarah Brailey, soprano

Hailed by The New York Times for her "radiant, liquid tone,” “exquisitely phrased,” and “sweetly dazzling” singing, soprano Sarah Brailey is in growing demand as a concert and chamber music artist. This season, Sarah made her solo debuts with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah and at Carnegie Hall in Steve Reich’s Drumming. She performed the Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder and Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, numerous Bach cantatas with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, a recital of Wolf’s Goethe Lieder with the Brooklyn Art Song Society, and the American premiere of Hércules en el Mato Grosso, a new opera by Esteban Insinger. Sarah returned throughout the season as a guest artist with GRAMMY-winning contemporary vocal octet Roomful of Teeth and continued her collaboration with John Zorn with recordings of Madrigals and a performance of Holy Visions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Recent highlights include Britten’s Les Illuminations with Novus NY, Caldara’s Maddalena with the American Classical Orchestra, Handel’s Samson under the baton of Nicholas McGegan, Reich's Music for 18 with Ensemble Signal, Josep Sanz’s King Lear at the MATA Festival, Jesse Jones’ through the veil, Brahms’ Liebeslieder with the Polydora Ensemble, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with St. George’s Choral Society, Bach’s Jauchzet Gott with Trinity Baroque, an international tour of Handel’s Theodora with The English Concert and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and premieres of works by John Zorn, Gabriel Jackson, Tarik O’Regan, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, and Scott Wheeler. Sarah has recorded with tUne-yArDs, John Zorn, Paola Prestini, Bang on a Can All-Stars Stars (Julia Wolfe’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning work Anthracite Fields), and is featured on New York Polyphony’s GRAMMY-nominated album Sing Thee Nowell.

Sarah’s awards include national finalist awards in the 2014 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition; the 2014 and 2015 Madison Early Music Festival’s Handel Aria Competition; and she was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Concert Artist Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Recent opera engagements include Pablo Ortiz’s Gallos y Huesos with The Americas Society, Stefan Weisman’s The Scarlet Ibis with American Opera Projects and Lera Auerbach’s The Blind at The Lincoln Center Festival. Sarah can be heard on recordings released by Naxos, Tzadik, Musica Omnia, BIS, 4AD, Soundbrush Records, and VIA Records.