Outreach skills session
Age: 34 years old
The French Mezzo Sarah Théry started her musical training in Germany with Elvira Dressen at the Leipizg’s University of Music and Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. After obtaining her Master’s degree she enrolled in the Queen Elisabeth Music Chael’s artist in residence program where she perfected her art under the guidance of José van Dam and Sophie Koch. Constantly seeking to improve herself, she has benefited from the teaching and support of Teresa Berganza, Christa Ludwig, Hedwig Fassbender, June Anderson, Jocelyne Dienst, René Massis and Malcolm Walker.
Her dark and strong voice, as well as a great dedication to the stage work, has permitted her to perform with prestigious orchestras such as the Gewandhaus, the Brussels Philharmonics or the OPRL. Over the years she has been invited to take part in many festivals: the Festival d’Aix en Juin, the Festival Musiq3, the Ysaÿe Festival, the Klasik Keyifler Festival in Turkey or the Niebelungen Festspiele.
As for opera, she has been acclaimed for the roles of Prince Orlowsky (Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss) and Mrs. Noah (Noye’s Fludde, B. Britten) at the Opera of Thuringia, the 3rd “Adlige Waise” (Der Rosenkavalier, R. Strauss) at the Leipzig Opera, Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi, V. Bellini) in Verona, Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos, R. Strauss) in Paris, or the Third Lady (The Magic Flute, W.A. Mozart) in Brussels. In 2018/2019 she took part in the theater monologue Viva with the actor Pietro Pizzuti where she performed Vivaldi’s arias with the baroque ensemble Les Muffatti.
Deeply interested in contemporary music, she sang in 2019 her first role in a production of La Monnaie in a Benjamin Attahir’s creation Le silence des Ombres. The same year, she was Lucy in Beaudoin, a Jaer’s creation Ce qui vit en nous. She has collaborated with the Benoit Mernier’s rerun Frühlings Erwachen by the ensemble Spectra. She also performed in the Cathy van Eck’s creation Phone call to Hadès in the Festival d’Aix en Juin, also in the Grand Théâtre of Luxembourg. In 2019 she sang P. Boulez’s Le Marteau sans Maitre with Tempus Konnex in Antwerpen.
Sarah is also very attached to widen the classical music audience and she is eager to explore and develop new forms of performances, adapted to a larger public. As the Artistic Director of Sotto Voce she creates workshops and artistic projects in prisons under the Sotto Voce. She is the co-creator of the Ensemble Tempus, an atypical quartet performing baroque music with traditional instruments from Tunisia and Brasil. In 2020, at the impulse and for the needs of the Festival d’Aix en Provence she creates Vibrations with Etienne Fauré, a participatory show around opéra for voice and vibraphone. She is also a member of the Collectif La Meute, which created the participatory opera Le Furieux.
Holding a Masters degree in French Modern Litterature she combines her passion for writing with her work as a performer by presenting musical radioshows on the channel Musiq3 in Belgium.
Photo credit: Lara Herbinia