Sara Jonsson

Sara Jonsson (Soprano) was born in Örnsköldsvik in Sweden. She took voice, violin and pianoforte as triple principal study at the Kapellsbergs Musikskola, Härnösand, in Sweden, from 1994 to 1996, whilst working as an organist.

From 1996 she studied singing at the Birmingham Conservatoire in England, where she won several song prizes and awards including the John Ireland Prize and the Reginald Vincent Lieder Prize. She graduated in 2000 with a First Class Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree. In the same year she received a scholarship from the Joseph Weingarten Trust for vocal postgraduate studies at the Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest in Hungary until 2002.

Master-classes and coaching have included Philip Langridge and Benjamin Zander (at the Royal Academy of Music in London and with London Soloists Chamber Orchestra in 2004), Nicholas Cleobury, Julius Drake and Malcolm Martineau (at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham in 1998).

Works sung with orchestra include Ravel’s Shéhérazade (with St Albans Symphony Orchestra), Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (with the Lambeth Orchestra of London) and miscellaneous operatic scenes and arias.

Operatic rôles have included The Governess (in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw), Berta (in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Dorabella (in Mozart’s Così fan tutte), Barbarina (in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro), Papagena, Second Lady and Second Boy (in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte), Giulio Cesare (in Handel’s Giulio Cesare), Florence Pike (in Britten’s Albert Herring), Athamas and Ino (in Handel’s Semele) and the Wood-Nymph (in Dvořák’s Russalka).

Sara is also an experienced recitalist and a highly sought-after oratorio soloist.

For Sara’s web site, please visit: www.sara-jonsson.com

September 2005