Sad death of young US soprano

Sad death of young US soprano


norman lebrecht

July 27, 2021

The US opera community has been shocked by the death announcement for Sarah Payne, a busy soprano recently working at Florida Grand Opera in her home state.

We have no further details at present.

Here is a tally of her career roles:

Mimì, La Bohème- Mannes Opera 2020
Lady Billows (cover), Albert Herring- Utopia Opera 2019
Arabella (scenes), Arabella- Florida Grand Opera 2017
Donna Anna (scenes), Don Giovanni- Florida Grand Opera 2017
Magda (scenes), La Rondine- Florida Grand Opera 2017
Amelia (cover), Un Ballo in Maschera -Florida Grand Opera 2017
The Moon (cover), Before Night Falls -Florida Grand Opera 2017
Tatyana (cover), Eugene Onegin- Florida Grand Opera 2017
Micäela (cover), Carmen- Florida Grand Opera 2016
Governess, The Turn of the Screw- Miami Music Festival 2016
Helmwige (cover), Die Walküre- Miami Music Festival 2016
Marta (cover), The Passenger- Florida Grand Opera 2016
Marschallin (scenes), Der Rosenkavalier- Florida Grand Opera 2016
Antonia (scenes), Les Contesd’Hoffmann- Florida Grand Opera 2016
Clotilda, Norma- Florida Grand Opera 2016
Norma (cover), Norma- Florida Grand Opera 2016
Contessa Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro- Miami Music Festival 2014
Anna Maurrant, Street Scene- FIU Opera Theater 2014
Erste Dame, Die Zauberflöte- Music Academy International 2013
Poppea, Agrippina- FIU Opera Theater 2013​




Celebration of life in loving memory of Sarah Joellen Payne-Hernandez

Sunday August 8th 2021


FIU Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall

10910 SW 17h St, Miami, FL 33172


  • John Porter says:

    I heard her sing with the Mannes school opera. She was terrific. A terrible loss.