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Sarah Walker CBE (born 11 March 1943) is a British mezzo-soprano.
Walker was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Her grandparents were members of the Hallé Choir, and her aunt (Madame Annie Walker) was a notable soprano in the early 20th century.
She studied at the Royal College of Music from 1961 to 1965, initially as a violinist and cellist, and went on to study singing with Vera Rozsa. She has appeared in numerous opera performances and is also known as a concert soloist and recitalist.
Walker's operatic debut was in 1969, as Ottavia in Kent Opera's production of L'incoronazione di Poppea. She has also appeared in Britain with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Royal Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, and abroad at The Metropolitan Opera (New York), Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, La Monnaie (Brussels) and the Vienna State Opera.
Notable roles have included the title-roles in Gloriana and Maria Stuarda, Dido in Les Troyens and Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress. She recorded the challenging Voices under the direction of its composer, Hans Werner Henze, in 1978.
Her professional debut in recital was reportedly at the Wigmore Hall, and she has since toured Europe, the Americas, Australia and elsewhere.
Walker is Prince Consort Professor of Singing at the Royal College of Music and runs the "Creative Voices" course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She is a Fellow of both colleges. She also is on the Vocal Faculty at the Royal Academy of Music.
Walker is an advocate of lieder singing and the song repertoire, and is a patron of the London Song Festival, founded in 2007 to promote the song repertoire. FanartBanner