photo: Hugo Glendinning

I have worked in the field of performing arts management for over forty years, starting in theatre and contemporary dance before moving into opera via two years as an opera stage manager. After learning my trade during eight years in the Opera Planning Department of English National Opera (1974 - 1982), I was appointed to Scottish Opera as Controller of Planning (1982 - 1986), moving on to Welsh National Opera in the same position (1986 - 1989). From 1989 to 1998 I was at Glyndebourne, as Director of Artistic Administration for the Glyndebourne Festival and Administrator of Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

In 1998 I left Glyndebourne to become a freelance arts consultant. A summary of clients and projects is below.

My regular long-term clients (since 1998/99) include Garsington Opera at Wormsley, Birmingham Opera Company and Tête à Tête.

Sarah Playfair
tel: +44 (0)20 7233 9157
email: Sarah Playfair


Clarification for singers: Please note that although I am happy to receive CVs, CDs and other material for perusal in my own time and for future reference (which may or may not lead to an audition or meeting), I am afraid that I am not able to give individual feedback on such material, nor on viewing of performances and auditions. Nor do I listen to individual auditions. My job is to work for companies and projects, not as a personal advisor to singers. When I know a singer in greater depth through work, then an approach for informal advice may be more appropriate

 


Clients include:

Birmingham Opera Company:

Productions including FIGARO LIVE (with BBCTV), WOZZECK, FIDELIO, CANDIDE, Monteverdi project including ULYSSES COMES HOME, HE HAD IT COMING  (DON GIOVANNI), THE ARIADNE PROLOGUE, LA TRAVIATA, IDOMENEO, OTHELLO (also on BBC2), THE WEDDING (LES NOCES), LIFE IS A DREAM, KHOVANSHCHINA, THE ICE BREAK, THE WAITER'S REVENGE and DIDO AND AENEAS

Garsington Opera

Many productions over 18 years – 2017 season includes PELLEAS ET MELISANDE, SEMELE, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, IL TURCO IN ITALIA and SILVER BIRCH.  Currently working on seasons 2018-2020..

Tête à Tête:

Many productions including new commissions, the musical SALAD DAYS (in three popular runs at the Riverside Studios) and their annual Opera Festival (now in its nineth year - since 2014 in new venues at Kings Cross).  

English National Opera:

Short-term Artistic Consultant (November 2016 - February 2017), working on advance casting

Manchester International Festival 2011 / English National Opera:

DR DEE (Damon Albarn / Rufus Norris)

The Opera Group / Mahogany Opera Group :

TOBIAS AND THE ANGEL, THE ENCHANTED PIG (London and New York), VARJAK PAW, STREET SCENE (London, Paris and Barcelona), SEVEN ANGELS, GLORIA - A PIGTALE and future projects

The Young Vic:

TOBIAS AND THE ANGEL, THE ENCHANTED PIG, STREET SCENE and workshops

ROH2:

PLEASURE’S PROGRESS, CLEMENCY, LA VOIX HUMAINE

The Sage Gateshead:

SKELLIG

Aldeburgh Festival:

AN OCEAN OF RAIN, THE CORRIDOR, PETER GRIMES

Almeida Opera:

THE SILENT TWINS

Almeida Theatre:

CARMEN DISRUPTION

Tiger Aspect Productions / Channel 4:

DEATH OF A PRINCESS (Jonathan Dove), MAN ON THE MOON (Jonathan Dove)

Idéale Audience:

THE MAGIC FLUTE  (film:  Kenneth Branagh director, James Conlon conductor)

BBC Symphony Orchestra: casting several concert stagings including THE SECOND MRS KONG and TURANDOT (Berio ending)

BBC Concert Orchestra: casting DER KUHHANDEL and WEILL ON BROADWAY

BBC Television / BBC Three:

FIGARO LIVE (with Birmingham Opera Company), FLASHMOB  - THE OPERA, BRAND NEW FLASHMOB OPERA

Also:

Rork Music (San Francisco)
Bethlehem 2000 Project
First China (Guangdong) International Singing Competition (jury member)
Welsh Singers' Competition (jury member 2004, 2006 and 2014)
Savoy Opera
AsLiCo Competiton (jury member 2014)
Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells (Biedermann and the Arsonists)
Brolly Productions (Clocks 1888: the greener)

photo: Robert Poulton