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Sarah Tannehill Anderson

Kansas City, MO

Sarah Tannehill Anderson, coloratura, is a singer of opera, oratorio, choral music, contemporary works, and art song.  Having performed at companies including Opera Company of Philadelphia, Boston Lyric, Opera Omaha, Fort Worth Opera, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sarah is now making her career in the vibrant Kansas City music scene.


A featured soloist on the Kansas City Chorale’s Grammy Award-winning album, “Life and Breath," Sarah’s exceptional musicianship and interpretive skills have made her a sought-after soloist with the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the New Ear Contemporary Ensemble,  the Black House Collective ensemble, and the Kansas City Ballet.  She is resident soprano of the Kansas City ensembles the Lyric Arts Trio and Bach Aria Soloists.  Equally at home in precise straight-tone contemporary singing, early music, and lush operatic styles, Sarah has premiered over two dozen works.  A pianist and violinist, as well, she has even accompanied herself in recital.

“Fall to Me,” from Need-Fire, by Forrest Pierce

Recommended listening: 7:00 to end.

Video from the premiere performance of a concert-length cycle for coloratura and piano by Forrest Pierce, on text by Becky Gould Gibson. The young nun Aelflaed wanders the winter moors of Northumberland, in passionate conversation with God.

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“I Take You Again,” from Need-fire, by Forrest Pierce

Recommended listening: 5:21 to 8:21.

Video from the premiere performance of a concert-length cycle for coloratura and piano by Forrest Pierce, on text by Becky Gould Gibson. God serenades the infant Aelflaed, recently given to the church by her father in gratitude for victory in battle.

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“Gesang des Orpheus” by John Mueter

Recommended listening: 0:00 to 3:00

From “Drei Gesänge” by John Mueter; Sarah Tannehill, soprano; the UMKC Conservatory Chamber Orchestra; Robert Olson, conductor. Recorded live 10/10/08.

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