Sally Burgess (Herodias) has been particularly acclaimed for her portrayal of Bizet’s Carmen, a role she has performed for the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Opéra de Paris-Bastille, in Munich, London, Zurich, Berlin, Bregenz, New Zealand and Portland. She has sung with English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, the Bavarian State Opera and De Nederlandse Opera. Other roles in her repertoire include Azucena (Il trovatore), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress), Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow), Dalila (Samson et Dalila), Fricka (The Ring Cycle), Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle), Kabanicha (Katya Kabanova), and Herodias (Salome) to name but a few, and have taken her worldwide.
In concert and recital Sally Burgess has performed in New York with Jane Glover, in London with Richard Hickox, in Washington DC with Leonard Slatkin, in Seattle with Gerard Schwarz, in Houston and Bordeaux with Hans Graf, in San Diego with Jahja Ling, and throughout Europe with other acclaimed maestros in performances recorded for national TV and radio networks. For her performance in the Royal Shakespeare Company/Opera North co-production of Showboat in London’s West End she was nominated for an Olivier Award for best actress in a musical. Sally Burgess’ many recordings include, for Chandos, Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle, as part of the Opera in English series) and Florence Pike (Albert Herring), as well as West Side Story, The King and I, Sally Burgess Sings Jazz, The Other Me and Happy Talk all of which have further expanded her reputation as an artist of limitless talent.