Biography of Silver Sally:
Now resident in London, Sally Silver’s career began in her homeland, South Africa, where she is one of its most renowned singers, performing throughout the country in both opera and concert with all the major orchestras. She won the OPSA prize for her outstanding operatic achievements in South Africa.
Her extensive concert repertoire spans works from Handel to the 21st century, including works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Berlioz, Rossini, Dvorak, Verdi and Richard Strauss. She has premiered works commissioned for her by Naresh Sohal SONGS OF FIVE RIVERS (with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, broadcast on BBC RADIO 3) and THREE SONGS FROM GITANJALI with the Dante Quartet at Spitalfields Festival (2004) and the Wigmore Hall (2010), at DARTINGTON FESTIVAL with the Edinburgh String Quartet and for the BRITISH MUSEUM with the Medici String Quartet. Sally has appeared throughout Europe in a wide range of operatic roles including Violetta LA TRAVIATA, Gilda RIGOLETTO, Stonatrilla L’OPERA SERIA (Gassman) and all four heroines in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN with the Opéra de Metz, Opéra de Rennes, Opéra de Nantes, Berliner Kammeroper, Den Anden Oper and the Nationale Reisopera. She has sung in Thomas Adès POWDER HER FACE in Nantes, Metz, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Berlin and Queen Marguerite in Meyerbeer’s LES HUGUENOTS in Metz . She received great acclaim for her Donizetti and Bellini heroines in the title role in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and as Elvira in I PURITANI with Scottish Opera. In 2011 engagements include Angelica in a new production of Handel’s ORLANDO with Scottish Opera and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s GREEK with Music Theatre Wales with performances in the Buxton and Cheltenham Festivals. In 2009 she sang the role of Ariadne in a recording of extracts from the opera THE BRIDE OF DIONYSUS by Sir Donald Tovey released on the Dutton Epoch label. This followed with a world premiere recording of LURLINE by William Vincent Wallace with Sally Silver in the title role conducted by Richard Bonynge, available on the Naxos label. This is her first recital disc accompanied on the piano by Richard Bonynge in songs by Michael William Balfe, and is to be followed by another recording of songs by William Vincent Wallace for future release.