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British Canadian high mezzo-soprano Sarah Champion has been acclaimed for her ‘clarity and assurance’ (Opera Magazine) and heard both on the opera stage and the concert platform in Europe and North America in repertoire spanning four-centuries. Ms. Champion’s recent engagements have included Daisy in Stuart MacRae's ANTHROPOCENE for Scottish Opera, The Lover in Tansy Davies’ BETWEEN WORLDS directed by Deborah Warner for English National Opera, Dorabella COSI FAN TUTTE on tour with Scottish Opera, the role of Elizabeth in Phillip Hagemann’s THE DARK LADY OF THE SONNETS with Pegasus Opera, Dorotea STIFFELIO for Chelsea Opera Group and Zenobia RADAMISTO at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico with the Wiener Akademie.
Ms. Champion has performed as a soloist and recitalist throughout North America, the UK and Europe giving performances with Florilegium, the Britten-Pears Orchestra /Antonello Manacorda, Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra/Richard Egarr, the San Francisco Early Music Society, at the London Handel Festival, the Tage Alte Musik Regensburg, the Boston Early Music Festival, Festival Montreal Baroque, the Banff Centre and the Aldeburgh Festival. Notable engagements include recitals with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada under Trevor Pinnock, the Little Baroque Company under Laurence Cummings and Messiaen’s song cycle Harawi with pianist Gerold Huber.
Recent and forthcoming engagements include Female Artist LULU for English National Opera, the OPERA HIGHLIGHTS tour with Scottish Opera, as well as covering Komponist in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS for Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park, Isabella in L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI for Garsington Opera, the title-role XERXES, Donna Elvira DON GIOVANNI and Rosina BARBER OF SEVILLE for English National Opera and Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer and Schumann Spanisches Liederspiel in Istanbul.
Ms. Champion studied trumpet and voice at McGill University and trained in voice at the Royal College of Music. She is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Malcolm Martineau Crear Scholar.