Sarah Parkin is quickly gaining a reputation in England and Canada as a keen and expressive performer. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance, after achieving her MMus in Solo Performance with Honours at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Susan Roper. Originally from Ontario, she graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Music and a minor in French, under Prof. Lorna MacDonald. Recent roles include Eumene (Xerse) for Ensemble Orquesta at the Grimeborn Festival; Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea) for Barefoot Opera); Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring) for Aspect Opera and the Leftbank Opera Festival; Sidonie (Armide) for Woodhouse Opera; Minerva (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring) and Frasquita (Carmen) for the RNCM; Diane (Actéon) and Dido (Dido and Aeneas), both for the Dartington International Summer School; Adina (Elixir of Love, West Riding Opera, Leeds); and Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito, RCM Summer School, Toronto). Most recently, she initiated the role of ‘The Writer’ for UU Productions’ new opera, Wear, performed at The Crossing for the Tête-à-Tête Festival; and appears regularly in A Certain Sense of Order with tick tock opera, which will tour to Luxembourg in 2019.
Sarah appears frequently on the concert platform in new music and oratorio; including the roles of Gabriel/Eve in Haydn’s Creation with the Langcliffe Singers, as a soloist in Aílís ní Ríaín’s song cycle In Sleep with the 10/10 Ensemble at the Royal Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, as a soloist with the RNCM Chamber Ensemble and Opera North’s ‘Make an Aria’ collaboration, and as a narrator for the RNCM Black and White festival, a tribute to the composer Heiner Goebbels. She is a regular collaborator with new music company Hanbury and Groves, exploring electronic music and devising opera as theatre for scratch performances such as Rough for Opera and the Helios Collective. Sarah is also the proud winner of the 2013 AESS Patricia Routledge Award for English Song, with her programme ‘Songs and Stories of Children’. She has appeared in chorus and step-out roles with the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and Tour for their 2014 and 2015 seasons, and with Investec Opera Holland Park for their 2016 - 2018 Opera Festivals, to which she will return as a chorus member in 2019.
Sarah is also active with education and outreach programs, delivering classical recitals for London company Bach to Baby and Opera Holland Park's Inspire program. In 2014, she sang the role of Berta for Jackdaws’ OperaPLUS! production of The Barber of Seville, delivering Opera Workshops to primary school children with director, Saffron van Zwanenberg. Sarah is also an experienced dancer and co-founder of the RNCM Student Union dance group. In Toronto, she studied classical ballet and Baroque movement extensively at the School of Atelier Ballet with Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse-Zingg of Opera Atelier; with whom she sang the role of Cretan Woman/chorus of their production of Idomeneo, conducted by Andrew Parrott.
Sarah lives and works from Northwest London, and studies privately with Yvonne Kenny.