Sarah Helsby Hughes

opera, theatre, singing, coaching, directing

About me


Studied: Birmingham Conservatoire.

Since graduation, my career has taken me all over the world, including performances in Europe, the USA and Japan. I have appeared for various opera companies, including Mid-Wales Opera, Carl Rosa Opera, Opera North, Lyric Opera Dublin, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, Opera North, Opera Ireland, Pavilion Opera, City of Birmingham Touring Opera, Focus Opera, New Devon Opera, The International Gilbert and Sullivan Company, and Focus Opera.

Operatic roles include: Musetta/Mimi La bohème Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw, The Countess Le Nozze di Figaro, Queen of the Night The Magic Flute, Adina L'elisir D'Amore, Tosca, Violetta La traviata, Josephine/Plaintiff HMS Pinafore/Trial by Jury Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Madame Butterfly, Rosalinda Die Fledermaus, Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tutte, Carmen, Gilda Rigoletto, Elsie Maynard Yeomen Of the Guard, Anna The Merry Widow, Mary Crawford Mansfield Park, Senta Der Fliegende Hollender.

Concert work includes all the major oratorio soprano solos, with appearances in Italy, The Netherlands, Ireland, and all over the UK. I regularly appear as a soprano soloist for Music Festivals at Sea on board P&O cruise ships, and for Theatrical Adventures River Cruises. 

In 2015 I directed Die Fledermaus and La traviata for Focus Opera at Chiswick House, and Madame Butterfly for Nottingham Festival Opera at the Arts Theatre, Nottingham.

Since 2011, I have been the Artistic Director of Heritage Opera, responsible for producing, translating, and directing most of the company's output. I've also directed Turandot (2012)  The Elixir of Love (2013) The Magic Flute (2014), Amahl and the Night Visitors (2014), The Thieving Magpie (2015) and Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci (2016) for Midland Opera. I will direct, and sing the title role, of Norma for Midland Opera in Autumn 2017, and create the role of Gloria in Alan Williams and Ian McMillan's The Arsonists in Salford, November 2017.

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