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Sara Macliver is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile artists, and is regarded as one of the leading exponents of Baroque repertoire. Sara is a regular performer with all the Australian symphony orchestras as well as the Perth, Melbourne and Sydney Festivals, Pinchgut Opera, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Musica Viva, and a number of international companies.

Sara records for ABC Classics with more than 35 CDs and many awards to her credit.

In 2013 engagements included a highly successful national tour with the Academy of Ancient Music, performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Opera Queensland, the Melbourne, Adelaide, West Australian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. In 2013 Sara was nominated for a Helpmann Award for her performance in Monteverdi’s Orfeo for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

In 2014 she performed with the Australian String Quartet, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, ANAM, St George’s Cathedral and many others.

Engagements in 2015 include Haydn’s Creation with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, concerts with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Dido and Aeneas and her own recital for the inaugural Brisbane Baroque Festival, a concert commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, and works ranging from the St John Passion and Judas Maccabeus to Brahms’s A German Requiem, amongst many others.

Sara has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Western Australia in recognition of her services to singing.


Sara was The Fairy Queen in The Fairy Queen (2003), La Musica, The Messenger and Prosperpina in Orfeo (2004), Abra in Juditha Triumphans (2007) and David in David & Jonathan (2008) for Pinchgut Opera. Sara appeared as Idaspe in Bajazet in 2015. This bio was taken from the Bajazet program.