Sarah Labiner

Coloratura Soprano

Sarah sings Zerbinetta as Guest Artist with A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute

Spring 2017

Sarah recently sang Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos as a guest artist with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute.


“The coloratura writing in her long and outrageously difficult aria outdoes all other such roles by other composers. And Ms. Labiner outdoes herself (and most rivals) with her extraordinary lightness of movement and clarity of pitch.”

(Peter Perret, Classical Voice of North Carolina) Read the full review here.

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“The audience gets the benefit of Labiner’s gloriously nimble coloratura voice and sly humor. A UNCSA alumna, Labiner (‘09) does her alma mater proud.”

(Lynn Felder, Winston-Salem Journal) Read the full review here.

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Sarah is an alumna of the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree and sang roles including Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and Clarice (Il mondo della luna) with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute before completing further training at the Royal College of Music and the English National Opera.

Click here for more info and a short interview with Sarah about the opera.

Sarah has previously sung Zerbinetta’s aria in scenes with the English National Opera’s Opera Works programme at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London.

The A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute production is directed by Steven LaCosse and conducted by guest conductor David Effron.

Performance dates:

19 April 2017: 7::30pm

21 April 2017: 7:30pm

23 April 2017: 2:00pm

Costume sketch from original 1912 production

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ENO Lulu nominated for Olivier Awards 2017

6 March 2017

The English National Opera’s production of Lulu where Sarah sang the role of 15-Year-Old Girl has been nominated for an Olivier Award in the ‘Best New Opera Production’ category. Conductor Mark Wigglesworth was also nominated in the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’ category for his work conducting ENO Lulu and Don Giovanni.

The production was directed by William Kentridge, whose exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery ran alongside the production and contained elements relating to the opera. After ENO Lulu closed, Sarah performed at the gallery in a project with English National Opera Baylis which linked Kentridge’s exhibition with new performance and visual artwork by young artists at Duchamp & Sons along with music from Berg’s Lulu.

Lulu was a co-production between the English National Opera, Dutch National Opera, and Metropolitan Opera. More information on the cast and production team can be found below:

The Olivier Awards take place at the Royal Albert Hall and will be broadcast on Sunday 9th April on ITV.

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