Sarah Connolly is made a Dame

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Glyndebourne congratulates Sarah Connolly, who has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in recognition of her services to the arts.

Sarah started her career in the Glyndebourne Chorus and has gone on to international acclaim as one of the world’s leading mezzo-sopranos.

She has starred in some of our best loved productions, including Giulio Cesare and Tristan und Isolde.

Sarah is currently performing at Glyndebourne as Gertrude in Brett Dean’s Hamlet, which received its world premiere on Sunday.

‘I am entirely amazed and honoured to receive a DBE,’ says Sarah. ‘It is especially pleasing to be performing Hamlet at beloved Glyndebourne today, the house that gave me my first opera contract as a chorister. They had faith in me because I’m still here!’

‘This award is richly deserved,’ says Glyndebourne’s Executive Chairman Gus Christie, ‘Sarah is a hugely talented and versatile singer and actress – her portrayal of Caesar in Giulio Cesare was the start of a wonderful relationship with Glyndebourne, long may it continue!’

Sarah returns to Glyndebourne in Festival 2018, reprising the title role in Giulio Cesare, on stage 10 June – 28 July 2018.