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Sarah Labiner

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Friendly, enthusiastic professional classical opera singer with experience in operatic and concert repertoire as well as music outreach.
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Singer (soprano)
Harrow
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Known for her effervescent energy, "sweet lyrical voice" (Plays to See), and "gloriously nimble coloratura" (Winston-Salem Journal), soprano Sarah Labiner is one to watch as she quickly rises onto the European opera scene. She made her debut with the English National Opera where she "made a vivid impression" (Opera Magazine) as Jano in Jenufa and was hailed as "lively" (Planet Hugill) and "outstanding" (Opera-Világ). She returned to ENO in the autumn of 2016 as 15-year-old Girl in the new Kentridge-directed production of Lulu, and recently sang Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos as a guest artist with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, where "Ms. Labiner outdoes herself (and most rivals) with her extraordinary lightness of movement and clarity of pitch.” (Classical Voice of North Carolina). Sarah 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. Sarah recently sang Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos- standard version and original 1912 version), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), and Poppea (Agrippina) in scenes with ENO Opera Works. She has sung roles including 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 roles of Sophie (Werther) at the London Grimeborn Festival, and Hecate/The Oracle of the Dead (The Mask of Orpheus) and Beketaten (Akhnaten) at the English National Opera. 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. 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. 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. She has been a Concordia Foundation artist 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. Sarah is sincerely grateful for support received from the Watson Scholarship, an anonymous sponsor, and Help Musicians UK.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical crossover, Renaissance
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Actor, Dancer, Musical comedy, Fluent sight-reader, Singing teaching, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

I have a huge variety of prepared repertoire ranging from opera arias, operetta, oratorio, classical art song, musical theatre, film and Disney songs, jazz and golden age standards, children's music, folk songs, etc. and I can happily tailor any programme of repertoire to suit your particular event.
I'm happy to learn new pieces if you have any specific requests so feel free to ask.
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I'm happy to be flexible with event timings, so feel free to let me know of any changes.

How much time do you need to set up?

This can vary depending on the type of gig- usually I don't need any set-up time, but if we needed to check sound with piano or backing tracks then it might take 15-30 minutes maximum.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I am happy to tailor my repertoire to each individual gig and I'm happy to take requests for new pieces.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

This depends on the type of gig- if you would like a performance with piano accompaniment then you would need to provide the piano. If you would prefer backing tracks then I'll be happy to supply backing tracks and you would just need to supply a sound system to play them.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, I'm very happy to take requests for repertoire.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I'm energetic, enthusiastic, and a dedicated performer. I am friendly, warm, and I love events where I get to communicate with the audience. I'm happy to work with clients to craft a performance which will be perfectly suited to the style of their event.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

English National Opera, London Coliseum, Whitechapel Gallery, Royal Thames Yacht Club, Bloomsbury Theatre Stevens Centre, Travellers Club London, St Martin in the Fields, Schools, Churches, Theatres, Community Centres, and more

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Edita Gruberova, Lucia Popp, Anna Moffo, Cesare Siepi, Montserrat Caballe, Reri Grist, Natalie Dessay, Bryn Terfel, Anna Netrebko, Renee Fleming, Fritz Wunderlich, Lisette Oropesa, Mirella Freni, Jerry Hadley, Ella Fitzgerald, Lillian Watson, Lea Salonga, Audra McDonald

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I regularly perform with the English National Opera at the London Coliseum

Reviews

From customers:

Classical C, 4 years ago

Ms. Labiner outdoes herself (and most rivals) with her extraordinary lightness of movement and clarity of pitch.“

Winston J, 4 years ago

The audience gets the benefit of Labiner's gloriously nimble coloratura voice and sly humour.

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