(Born August 16, 1951)
Sharon Sweet is an American dramatic soprano.
She has appeared in leading roles in major venues in Europe and also in the United States.
She has also made some notable recordings such as Lohengrin, Der Freischütz, Don Giovanni, and Il Trovatore.
A sufferer of Hashimotos syndrome (a thyroid disease) she complained that her large physical appearance because of this disease inhibited her career because modern day audiences expected divas to be more physically appealing aside from being great singers. Tired of the pressure to conform, she left the opera stage to spend more time teaching.
Sharon Sweet came from a musical family and as a young singer gained a lot of attention when she won the Metropolitan Opera auditions.
Since then her roles have included Elisabetta in Verdi's Don Carlos, Leonora in Il Trovatore, and Elisabeth in Tannhauser, Desdemona in Verdi's Othello, Aida, Lina in Verdi's opera Stiffelio, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Turandot by Puccini, Norma and Tosca.
She has sung at the Salzburg Festival, Munich, the Vienna State Opera, Brussels, the San Francisco Opera the Lyric Opera of Chicago the Metropolitan Opera, Covent the Teatro Comunale Bologna, the State Operas of Vienna and Dresden, the State Theater in Hanover, the Arena di Verona and in Beiijing for the famous on site production of Turandot conducted by Zubhin Mehta.
In 1999, she took up a full-time teaching position at Rider University's Westminster Choir College campus.