The American soprano and pianist, Sarah Brailey, obtained her Bacheloer of Music degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she studied under Masako Toribara and Robert Swensen and participated in several chamber ensembles, including Kairos: A Consort of Singers, a student-run chamber choir; and in May 2007 her Master of Music degree in voice performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Music, where she studied with Professor Paul Rowe and received the Paul Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. During her time in Madison, she gave numerous performances as a soprano soloist with groups including the UW Masters Singers, the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble (a temporary annual gathering of Madison's finest singers), and the University Opera, with which she performed the role of Donna Elvira in W.A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In Madison, she was also a cello instructor at “Music by Mickey” and, as of Spring 2007, she was also in the chorus of the Stoughton Opera Company. In 2000, she won the Hugh Russ Memorial Music Scholarship.
Hailed by The New York Times for her “radiant, liquid tone,” “exquisitely phrased,” and “sweetly dazzling” singing, Sarah Brailey is in growing demand as a concert and chamber music artist across all genres of music. She has performed Steve Reich at Carnegie Hall, John Zorn at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and with Kanye West and Roomful of Teeth at the Hollywood Bowl. Highlights of her current and recent seasons include George Frideric Handel's Messiah with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, and Albany’s Cathedral of All Saints, Constance in Franz Joseph Haydn’s L’isola disabitata with the American Classical Orchestra, Strauss’s Vier Letzte Lieder and the Heitor Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Alberto Ginastera's Cantata para América Mágica and Igor Stravinsky's Les Noces with Julian Wachner at Trinity Wall Street, G.F. Handel's Samson under the baton of Nicholas McGegan, Benjamin Britten's Les Illuminations with NOVUS NY, numerous appearances with the Brooklyn Art Song Society and the Polydora Ensemble, a vocal quartet focused on German repertoire of the 19th century.
Sarah Brailey is a core member of Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble, an all-female vocal chamber music ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music and a frequent guest artist with GRAMMY® Award-winning alternative-classical vocal band Roomful of Teeth. She has worked with composers such as John Zorn, Steve Reich, Merrill Garbus, Gabriel Jackson, Tarik O’Regan, Jesse Jones, Paola Prestini, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, Scott Wheeler, and Doug Balliett.
Sarah Brailey has recorded with tUne-yArDs, John Zorn, Paola Prestini, Bang on a Can All-Stars Stars (Julia Wolfe’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning and 2016 GRAMMY®-nominated 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, VIA Records, and Acis Productions.
Sarah Brailey'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 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. She currently lives in New York City.