Sarah Wegener approaches every role with intensity, as if it were chamber music. She enthrals listeners with the richness and warmth of her voice, for example in performances of Mahler’s 8th Symphony in Hamburg and Montreal, as well as in her War and Peace programme shaped around works by Handel and Purcell. Her powerful and rich voice marks her out as a Lieder singer of the highest order, as shown on her highly-praised current CD ‘Into the Deepest Sea‘. On the opera stage, she made successful debuts at the Royal Opera House in London and the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Georg Friedrich Haas’ ‘Morgen und Abend‘.
Her remarkable versatility has ensured long-standing collaborations with her musical partners, such as the conductors Kent Nagano, Emilio Pomàrico, Peter Rundel, Tonu Kaljuste, Heinz Holliger and Frieder Bernius. Concerts and recitals have taken her to international festivals and famous concert venues in Europe. She has sung leading opera roles at the Wiener Festwochen, the Theater Bonn and the Staatstheater Saarbrücken.
Highly regarded as a performer of both classical and romantic repertoire, as well as contemporary compositions, Sarah Wegener recently sang works by Haydn, Dvořak, Strauss and Hans Werner Henze. She has given the premiere of numerous works by Georg Friedrich Haas and performed ‘Dunkle Saiten‘ by Jörg Widmann, who also dedicated the solo part in his work ‘Labyrinth III‘ to her.
The 2017/18 season was crowned by Sarah Wegner’s debut at the Salzburg Festival. The next season, she returned to the Musikkollegium Winterthur, followed by a performance of Schoenberg’s ‘Six Orchestral Songs‘ with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie in Saarbrücken. Now a regular guest with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, she returned to the orchestra to perform Handel’s ‘Messiah‘, as well as performing Mozart’s ‘Requiem‘ with the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart. She made her second appearance at the Elbphilharmonie with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra under Kent Nagano, where Mahler’s 2nd Symphony and Ligeti’s ‘Requiem‘ were on the programme.
Following her double bass studies, the British-German soprano studied singing with Jaeger-Böhm in Stuttgart and took part in masterclasses with Dame Gwyneth Jones and Renée Morloc.