Sarah Leonard

Biography

Born: April 10, 1953; Winchester, England  
Soprano Sarah Leonard is a leading singer of twentieth century and contemporary music. She received her early training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, after which she joined the BBC Singers and the Endymion Ensemble. In 1988 she performed the role of Drusilla in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea under Richard Hickox on Virgin -- one of her few recordings of repertory works. She has worked extensively with the Hilliard Read more Ensemble and the Michael Nyman Band, and, beginning in 1994, with pianist Malcolm Martineau on his series, "A Century of English Song," which was released in several volumes on the Somm label. In 1997 she sang the premiere of Helmut Lachenmann's Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern, a work she later recorded on Kairos. Leonard has also appeared with the Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. Her other recordings include music of Luigi Nono, György Ligeti, Kurt Weill, and Howard Skempton. Read less

Biography

Born: April 10, 1953; Winchester, England  
Soprano Sarah Leonard is a leading singer of twentieth century and contemporary music. She received her early training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, after which she joined the BBC Singers and the Endymion Ensemble. In 1988 she performed the role of Drusilla in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea under Richard Hickox on Virgin -- one of her few recordings of repertory works. She has worked extensively with the Hilliard Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Prologue: Prais'd Be
I. Master of the Universe
II. Thy Covenant
III. Day of Wrath
Epilogue: Life and Joy
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas - Overture
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "Shake the cloud from off your brow" - "Banish sorrow, banish care"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "Ah! Belinda, I am press'd" ... "When monarchs unite, how happy"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "Whence could so much virtue spring?" - "Fear no danger"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "See, your royal guest appears" - "Cupid only throws the dart"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "If not for mine, for empire's sake" ... "To the hills and the vales"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - The Triumphing Dance
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - Prelude for the Witches "Wayward sisters" ... "Ho, ho, ho"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Ruin'd ere the set of sun" ... "But ere we this perform"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "In our deep vaulted cell"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - Echo Dance of Furies
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - Ritornelle - "Thanks to these lonesome vales"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Oft she visits"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Behold, upon my bending spear" - "Haste, haste to town"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Stay, Prince"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - Prelude - "Come away, fellow sailors"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - The Sailors' Dance "See the flags and streamers curling"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - "Our next motion" - "Destructions's our delight"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - The Witches' Dance
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - "Your counsel all is urg'd in vain" - "Great minds against themselves conspire"
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas, Z.626 / Act 3 - "Thy Hand, Belinda...When I Am Laid In Earth"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - "With drooping wings"
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Prologue: Sinfonia
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 1 - E pur'io torno qui
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 2 - Chi parla? chi parla?
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 3 - Signor, deh, non partire!
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 4 - Speranza, tu mi vai il cor accarezzando
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 5 - Disprezzata Regina
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 6 - Ecco la sconsolata donna
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 7 - Le porpore regali
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 8 - Seneca, io miro in cielo
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 9 - Son risoluto alfine, o Seneca
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 10 - Come dolci, Signor, come soavi
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 11 - Ad altri tocca in sorte
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 12 - Otton, torna in te stesso
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 13 - Pur sempre di Poppea
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 1 - Solitudine amata
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 2 - Il comando tiranno
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 3 - Amici, ègiunta l'hora
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 5 - Sento un certo non so che
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 6 - Hor che Seneca è morto
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 8 - I miei subiti sdegni
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 9 - Tu che dagli avi miei
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 10 - Felice cor mio
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 11 - Io non so dov'io vada
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 12 - Hor che Seneca è morto
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 13 - Dorme, l'incauta dorme
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 14 - Eccomi trasformato
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 1 - O felice Drusilla
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 2 - Ecco la scelerata
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 3 - Signor, ecco la rea
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 4 - No, no, questa sentenza cada sopra di me
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 5 - Signor, hoggi rinasco
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 6 - Hoggi sarà Poppea di Roma imperatrice
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 7 - A Dio, Roma!
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three, Scene 8: Ascendi, a mio diletta
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three, Scene 8: A te sovrana augusta
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three, Scene 8: Io mi compiacio
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three, Scene 8: Pur ti miro
1. Chanson de Là-haut (poem by Vincente Huidobro)
2. La croix du sud (poem by José Juan Tablada)
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas - Overture
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "Shake the cloud from off your brow" - "Banish sorrow, banish care"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "Ah! Belinda, I am press'd" ... "When monarchs unite, how happy"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "Whence could so much virtue spring?" - "Fear no danger"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "See, your royal guest appears" - "Cupid only throws the dart"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - "If not for mine, for empire's sake" ... "To the hills and the vales"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 1 - The Triumphing Dance
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - Prelude for the Witches "Wayward sisters" ... "Ho, ho, ho"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Ruin'd ere the set of sun" ... "But ere we this perform"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "In our deep vaulted cell"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - Echo Dance of Furies
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - Ritornelle - "Thanks to these lonesome vales"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Oft she visits"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Behold, upon my bending spear" - "Haste, haste to town"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 2 - "Stay, Prince"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - Prelude - "Come away, fellow sailors"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - The Sailors' Dance "See the flags and streamers curling"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - "Our next motion" - "Destructions's our delight"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - The Witches' Dance
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - "Your counsel all is urg'd in vain" - "Great minds against themselves conspire"
Purcell: Dido And Aeneas, Z.626 / Act 3 - "Thy Hand, Belinda...When I Am Laid In Earth"
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Act 3 - "With drooping wings"


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