Hailed by The New York Times for her “radiant, liquid tone,” “exquisitely phrased,” and “sweetly dazzling” singing, soprano Sarah Brailey is in growing demand as a soloist and chamber music artist across all genres of music. She has performed Steve Reich at Carnegie Hall, John Zorn at the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art, and with Kanye West and Roomful of Teeth at the Hollywood Bowl. Highlights of Sarah’s current and recent seasons include Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Colorado Symphony; George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song with Lorelei Ensemble and Boston Symphony; Zweite Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Clarion Music Society; John Zorn’s Madrigals at the Louvre Museum; Handel’s Messiah with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, and Albany’s Cathedral of All Saints; Costanza in Haydn’s L’isola disabitata with the American Classical Orchestra; the world premiere of Daniel Felsenfeld’s Astrophysical Mass; Bach’s B Minor Mass with REBEL Baroque; Handel’s Samson at Alice Tully Hall under the baton of Nicholas McGegan; Britten’s Les Illuminations with NOVUS NY; numerous appearances with the Polydora Ensemble, a vocal quartet that specializes in 19th century German art song repertoire.
Sarah is a core member of Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble, an all-female vocal chamber music ensemble dedicated to the performance of early and new music. She is also a frequent guest artist with GRAMMY® Award-winning alternative-classical vocal band Roomful of Teeth. Sarah has worked closely with composers such as John Zorn, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Merrill Garbus, Gabriel Jackson, Tarik O’Regan, Jesse Jones, Paola Prestini, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, Scott Wheeler, and Doug Balliett.
Sarah has recorded with tUne-yArDs, John Zorn, Paola Prestini, Bang on a Can All-Stars Stars (Julia Wolfe’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning work Anthracite Fields), and is featured on New York Polyphony’s GRAMMY®-nominated album Sing Thee Nowell. She can be heard on recordings released by Naxos, Tzadik, Musica Omnia, BIS, 4AD, Soundbrush Records, and VIA Records.
Sarah’s awards include First Prize in the 2015 Madison Early Music Festival’s Handel Aria Competition and the Leopold Damrosch Award in the 2014 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition. She was a semi-finalist in the 2014 and 2016 Concert Artist Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Recent opera engagements include the American premiere of Hércules en el Mato Grosso, a new opera by Esteban Insinger, Pablo Ortiz’s Gallos y Huesos with The Americas Society, Stefan Weisman and David Cote’s The Scarlet Ibis with American Opera Projects, and Lera Auerbach’s The Blind at The Lincoln Center Festival.