The Australian soporano, Sarah Crane, attended All Hallows' School in Brisbane. She graduated in 1997 from the Queensland Conservatorioum of Music and received the Brisbane Lord Mayor's Performing Arts Fellowship. That year, she sang in the Australian premiere of Elliot Goldenthal's Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio. In 1997, she won Opera Foundation Australia's 1997 Lady Galleghan Memorial Encouragement Award, the German Opera Award and the Australian regional final of the Metropolitan Opera Award which enabled her to be a finalist in the 1998 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York. In 1998 she received the American Institute of Musical Studies Award from Opera Foundation Australia which gave her the opportunity to study in Graz, Austria.
During the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 seasons, Sarah Crane was engaged as a member of the Opera Studio at the Cologne Opera. In September 2000, Crane started a one-year contract as a Young Artist with the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, where she performed the roles of Gretel in Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel and of The Female Chorus in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia.
In September 2001, Sarah Crane worked as a full-time soloist with the Theater Freiburg in Germany. There she sang Pamina in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Ginevra in George Frideric Handel's Ariodante, Janthe in Heinrich Marschner's Der Vampyr, and the soprano solo in Bruno Maderna's Hyperion. During the season, she also made guest appearances in the role of Pamina for the Basel Opera. She continued her engagements in Freiburg for the 2002-2003 season with the role of Marzelline in L.v. Beethoven's Fidelio, the title role in Benedetto Marcello's Arianna and Micaëla in Georges Bizet's Carmen. She also performed the soprano solos for Frank Martin's Maria-Triptychon as well as for Karol Szymanowski's Stabat Mater with the Philharmonic Orchestra Freiburg.
When Sarah Crane returned to Australia, she sang for Opera Queensland Juliette in Charles Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, Anna in Verdi's Nabucco, and again Pamina and Marzellina. For Opera Australia she sang the First Lady and Pamina (in separate productions) in Die Zauberflöte, Oberto in G.F. Handel's Alcina (1997) and Angelica in Orlando, the Wood Nymph in Dvořák's Rusalka and again Micäela in Carmen, and Sophie in Massenet's Werther. In 2007, she Crane created the role of Hero in the Victorian Opera and Opera Queensland productions of Richard Mills' opera The Love of the Nightingale.
Her concert engagements include G.F. Handel's Messiah, W.A. Mozart's Requiem, L.v. Beethoven's Choral Symphony, Johannes Brahms' German Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana (with The Queensland Symphony Orchestra), Opera Under the Stars (in Broome, Western Australia) and appearances with the Queensland Pops Orchestra. In 2006 she appeared in Opera Australia's 50th birthday gala concert at the Sydney Opera House. She currently lives in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Discography: 2006: Opera Australia's 50th Birthday Gala Concert at the Sydney Opera House; Roadshow Entertainment; 2007: as Nymph in Rusalka, Richard Hickox (condoctor), Australian Opera Orchestra, Cheryl Barker, Rosario La Spina, Bruce Martin, Elizabeth Whitehouse, Anne-Marie Owens; Chandos Records