Sarah Labiner studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts and is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and was a Watson Scholar. She continued her training on the English National Opera Opera Works programme and is a former Concordia Foundation artist. She 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 on the ‘Canta in Italia’ programme.
In the current season Sarah understudies Oracle of the Dead/Hecate in The Mask of Orpheus for English National Opera.
Highlights in recent seasons include Jano Jenůfa and Fifteen-year-old Girl Lulu, and Bekhetaten (cover) Akhnaten for English National Opera; Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream for ENO Baylis; and Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos as a guest artist for the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute.
Operatic roles include Adina L’elisir d’amore, Clarice Il mondo della luna, and Graduation Girl Street Scene with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute and Gasparina La canterina with the North Carolina School of the Arts. With ENO Opera Works, Sarah sang Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos (1912 and 1916 versions), Sophie Der Rosenkavalier and Poppea Agrippina in scenes. 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 Idomeneo with Canta in Italia. She has understudied Sophie Werther at the Grimeborn Opera Festival.
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.
Performance venues include the London Coliseum, Bloomsbury Theatre, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, The Travellers Club, The Whitechapel Gallery, The Stevens Center, Fletcher Opera Theatre, Agnes De Mille Theatre, and the Britten Theatre.
Having grown up in the theatre, Sarah has a strong foundation in ballet and dramatic training. 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 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 events in London.
Zerbinetta / Ariadne auf Naxos / A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute / 2017
"Ms. Labiner outdoes herself (and most rivals) with her extraordinary lightness of movement and clarity of pitch."
(Classical Voice of North Carolina)
"The audience gets the benefit of Labiner's gloriously nimble coloratura voice and sly humour."
Jano / Jenůfa / English National Opera / 2016
"Sarah Labiner (in her professional debut) made a vivid impression as Jano, triumphant at having learnt to read."
"Sarah Labiner's splendidly boyish Jano... contributed to a true company performance."
(Seen & Heard International)
"Sarah Labiner as Jano had a sweet lyrical voice that I would love to hear in longer roles."
(Plays to See)