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Grammy Award-winning soprano Sarah Brailey enjoys a versatile career that defies categorization. Praised by The New York Times for her “radiant, liquid tone” and by Opera UK for “a sound of remarkable purity,” she is a prolific vocalist, cellist, recording artist, and educator. Sarah’s numerous career highlights include performing Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato with the Mark Morris Dance Group, serenading the Mona Lisa with John Zorn’s Madrigals at the Louvre in Paris, and recording the role of The Soul on the world premiere album of Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Prison, for which she received the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. Other notable projects include the Angel in Handel’s La Resurrezione with Chicago’s Haymarket Opera, Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs with The Experiential Orchestra, and David Lang’s Song of Songs at the Barbican Centre. Sarah is a member of Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donates a percentage of their concert fees to non-profit organizations. Through Beyond Artists, she supports the Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and the Animal Welfare Institute. Sarah is the Director of Vocal Studies at the University of Chicago and serves on the voice faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Photo: Miranda Loud