“…Sarah Jillian Cox in the title role. Her warm, attractive mezzo-soprano is a likeable instrument, and her performance had considerable charm.” Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 2002
“the exceptionally natural and whole-hearted presences of Robert Burt as Burgess, and of Sarah Jillian Cox as Flora, whose assurance succeeds in bringing the work to life. “ Naomi Goulder, Online Review London, 2004
Sarah Jillian Cox
Born in Canada of British parentage, Sarah studied at the RNCM and the National Opera Studio, graduating in 2002. Most recently she performed the role of Emily Benson and covered Diana Devereaux in Of Thee I Sing for Opera North. She played the role of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel for Opera North, as well as covering Trigesta in Croesus for them. For Scottish Opera she covered the title role in Cenerentola.
Other roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Hata Bartered Bride Mid Wales Opera, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro Preggio Festival, and Nassiedka May Night Garsington. Mercedes Carmen (Mid Wales); the roles of Hannah, Mary Queen of Scots and Despina, Cosi fan Tutte (ETO); Mezzo Essential Scottish Opera, and Flora Family Matters (Tete a Tete); Kitchen Boy Rusalka (Opera North); Hansel Hansel und Gretel and Kuchtik Rusalka (Stowe); Cenerentola Cenerentola (Mid Wales);
She has covered Hansel (Opera North); Meg, Merry Wives of Windsor (Buxton). Tetka Jenufa (Glyndebourne); Olga Eugene Onegin (Scottish Opera); Ines Maria Padilla and Perichole La Perichole (Buxton);
Oratorios include Verdi Requiem for Glossop Choral Society; Messiah with Sir David Willcocks; as well as Elgar's Dream of Gerontius for the Derby Choral Union, Bach's B minor Mass, and Rossini's Petite Messe and Stabat Mater. Halle concerts include Annina Traviata (Owain Arwel Hughes).