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Sally Burgess


During her long and distinguished career, Sally has made some of the most exciting operatic roles her own. Her operatic successes include performances at most of the major opera houses of the world including The Metropolitan Opera, Bayerisches Staatsoper - Munich, Opera National de Bastille - Paris, Opera de Geneve, Switzerland, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Houston Grand Opera.

Sally began her career with English National Opera, returning as a regular guest artist to sing over 40 roles with the company.

On the concert platform she has collaborated with conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Sir Charles Mackerras, Richard Hickox, Vassili Petrenko, Riccardo Chailli, and Daniel Barenboim. Her discography includes her acclaimed portrayals of Judith Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Herodias Salome for Chandos, Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, and three jazz albums (Sally Burgess Sings Jazz, The Other Me, and Happy Talk).

Vocal Professor at the RCM for 14 years, she also teaches stagecraft and directs opera scenes. She was awarded her FRCM in 2011.

Sally’s teaching includes work on vocal technique, breathing, the psychology of performance, exploring text, imagination, Feldenkrais and Alexander Technique, and offering day workshops as part of her studio. She works with established singers as well as those at the beginning of their studies.

Sally works with singers worldwide giving masterclasses and workshops in the UK, Russia, South Africa, and France. Over four seasons he headed the Young Singers Programme for Les Azuriales Opera Festival, Nice, and London Gates Education in Moscow.

She headed the Amazwi Omzansi Africa Performing Arts International Festival workshops in Durban 2013 and 2015. Sally works with singers at the ROH on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Co-Opera Company, and with British Youth Opera. Sally has a close relationship with Live Music Now, fronting their vocal masterclass series in the aLuMNi programme. She adjudicates and examines for UK conservatoires and is a member of the British Voice Association.

Sally directed Cosi van Tutte for English Chamber Opera, the world premiere of Sonya’s Story for Tete a Tete, and new productions of Il Trovatore for Dorset Opera, and Cosi fan Tutte for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

She has directed reduced versions of Magic Flute, Poppea, Albert Herring, Marriage of Figaro, The Carmelites, and Cunning Little Vixen for the GSMD BMus3 programme. In 2013 she directed Over the Rainbow, music by Harold Arlen, for jazz singer Rosanna Brandi at St James’ Theatre, London.

Faculties / departments: Vocal Studies


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Sally Burgess

Vocal Studies professor