JUNE 2016 YOUNG ARTIST
SARAH AMPIL | SOPRANO
Sarah Ampil recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2015, as part of the Conservatorium Opera Studio, she made her Sydney Opera House debut as soprano soloist in MASS: A Theatre Piece (Bernstein) and performed the role of Miss Tylney Long in English Eccentrics (Williamson). Concert highlights include Requiem (Mozart), Israel in Egypt (Handel) & Magnificat (CPE Bach). As recipient of the 2015 Sydney Opera House Opera Award, Sarah performed in a masterclass led by renowned soprano Renée Fleming.
1. What have you been up to lately, performance-wise?
I’ve been busy with several oratorio concerts lately, including Haydn’s The Creation with Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra & Box Hill Chorale, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Handel’s Saul with Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, and Handel’s Messiah with my alma mater, UNSW Collegium Musicum. Earlier this year, I was also involved in Opera Project’s Sydney production of La Traviata.
2. Who is your favourite singer, and why?
Among my favourites are Mirella Freni, Edith Mathis and Arleen Auger, all of whom have immense technique but make it look and sound completely effortless! I also love Audra McDonald for her amazing crossover work.
3. What show has impacted you the most as an audience member?
The first time I watched La Boheme in an opera theatre really impressed upon me the power and importance of live performance. I’d watched it on DVD previously but had never been completely and immediately moved to tears like that!
4. What experiences do you think have shaped you the most as a performer?
Watching other performers at work is always inspiring and a huge source of motivation for me. Masterclasses are also wonderful opportunities to gain insight from industry professionals – singing for Renee Fleming last year at the Opera House was definitely an experience I’ll never forget. Ms Fleming was so supportive and nurturing of the next generation of singers; her example suggests that a real artist is built upon a lifelong fascination and dedication to the art.
5. What is your favourite opera/aria/piece of music?
It changes every other week, but my current Desert Island Discs selection would definitely include Pierrot’s Tanzlied from Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt.
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