Medinea Outreach Programme
Age: 31 years old
After obtaining a master’s degree in French language and literature in 2008, the French Mezzo-soprano decided to devote herself to classical music. She enrolled in the singing class of Elvira Dreβen at the University of Music and Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy of Leipzig, where she obtained her master’s degree in 2014. In 2018 she completed four years as an artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium where she perfected her art under the guidance of José van Dam and Sophie Koch.
She regularly performs with prestigious orchestras such as the Gewandhaus, the Brussels Philharmonics or the OPRL and has been invited to take part in many festivals: the Festival d’Aix en Juin, the Festival Musiq3, the Ysaÿe Festival and the Klasik Keyifler Festival in Turkey.
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.
Deeply interested in contemporary music, she collaborated to the rerun of Benoit Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen by the ensemble Spectra (dir. Filip Rathé). In 2017 she performed in Cathy’s van Eck creation Phone call to Hadès in the Festival d’Aix en Juin and in the Grand Théâtre of Luxembourg. In 2019 she will sing P. Boulez’s Le Marteau sans Maitre with Tempus Konnex in Antwerpen.
Sarah is also very attached to widen the classical music audience. She is part in the theater monologue Viva with the actor Pietro Pizzuti where she performs Vivaldi’s arias with the baroque ensemble Les Muffatti. She also initiates many outreach projects such as pedagogical recitals and workshops in schools, prisons, refugees or homeless centers etc. She performs and creates participatory operas, benefiting in this approach from the help of Enoa’s network, the Festival d’Aix en Provence, Mark Withers, and Anthony Heidweiller. In 2017 she participated in the creation of the children opera La petite Flûte and in 2019 she will be Boulotte in Offenbach’s Barbe Bleue in Roane where a team of professionals will coach amateur singers to perform the secondary roles and the choir.
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.
Photo credit: Lara Herbinia