Get to know soprano Sarah Brailey from Experiential Orchestra’s The Prison

July 10, 2020

Soprano Sarah Brailey is a featured soloist, along with bass-baritone Dashon Burton, on Experiential Orchestra's world premiere recording of Dame Ethel Smyth's The Prison. Below you can learn more about Brailey's involvement in the project, and watch videos from her extraordinary career, which has earned her acclaim like “radiant, liquid tone,” “exquisitely phrased,” and “sweetly dazzling singing” from The New York Times.

 

Dame Ethel Smyth's The Prison (world premiere recording) is coming out August 7 on Chandos Records. Subscribe to Experiential Orchestra's mailing list to enter to win a copy: www.experientialorchestra.com/contact

 

Sarah Brailey's role in The Prison

 

Sarah Brailey's sings the role of "The Soul." The text for the work, drawn from a philosophical work by Henry Bennet Brewster, describes the writing of a man in a solitary cell and his reflections on his past life and his preparations for death. But the text is poetic and reflective, with layers of meaning and metaphor. Thus the “prison” is both an actual jail, and a philosophical representation of the “shackles of self,” as Brewster describes them.

 

Brailey says, "Smyth is an inspiration as a composer, an activist, and a woman. It has been such an honor to help bring this incredible piece to the world. I hope listeners enjoy discovering it as much as we have."

 

Sarah Brailey's extraordinary career

 

Brailey enjoys a career filled with projects as diverse as soloing in Handel’s Messiah with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, performing with Kanye West and Roomful of Teeth at the Hollywood Bowl, and recording cello and vocal soundscapes for the 2018 Fog x FLO Fujiko Nakaya public art installation in Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system.

 

In Madison, Wisconsin, Brailey's homestate, she is co-founder of Just Bach, a monthly concert series, co-host of Musica Antiqua on 89.9 FM, and the Artistic Director of the Handel Aria Competition.

 

Sarah Brailey - If God be for Us - Handel's Messiah

 

Nico Muhly: Time In Music is Much (Live from MATA Divine Mysteries)

 

Sarah Brailey - The Last Rose of Summer - Benjamin Britten

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Experiential Orchestra's world premiere recording of Dame Ethel Smyth's The Prison is set for release on Chandos Records on August 7. Subscribe to Experiential Orchestra's mailing list to enter to win a copy: www.experientialorchestra.com/contact

 

 

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