Sarah Wegener

soprano

contact

Kerstin Alt

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General Management

CR Simon-David Tschan

Dates

17.12. 19:30
Dommusik St Eberhard, Stuttgart

Sarah Wegener, soprano
Benno Schachtner, alto
Marcus Ullmann, tenor
Hanno Müller-Brachmann, bass-baritone
Dieter Kurz, conductor
Württembergischer Kammerchor
Barockorchester La Banda

23.12. 19:30
Philharmonie im Gasteig Munich

Johann Sebastian Bach,  Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248

Sarah Wegener, soprano
Enoch zu Guttenberg, conductor
Orchester KlangVerwaltung + Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern
Anke Vondung, alto
Bernhard Berchtold, tenor
Benjamin Appl, baritone

biography

Wegener’s ability cannot be disputed. The placement of her voice is flawless, she has the complete range of ambitious tone colour, superb timbre that still remains smooth even at a high volume, and perfect legato. Neue Züricher Zeitung

Sarah Wegener enthrals listeners with the richness and warmth of her voice and approaches every role in a chamber musical way, whether it be contemporary, classical or romantic repertoire. She regularly works with Kent Nagano, Philippe Herreweghe, Emilio Pomàrico, Tonu Kaljuste, Heinz Holliger, Frieder Bernius and Michael Hofstetter. Concerts and recitals have taken her to the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, RuhrTriennale, Rheingau Music Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, Tonhalle Zurich, Wiener Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Casa da Música Porto, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and to the Bozar Brussels. Opera engagements have taken her to the Royal Opera House London, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Wiener Festwochen among others.

Following her double bass studies, the British-German soprano studied singing with Prof. Jaeger-Böhm in Stuttgart and took part in masterclasses with Dame Gwyneth Jones and Renée Morloc.

Highly regarded as a performer of both classical and romantic repertoire, as well as contemporary compositions, Sarah Wegener recently sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (Eliahu Inbal, Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg), Dvořak’s Stabat Mater and Haydn’s Sieben letzte Worte (Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Collegium Vocale Gent), and, in a sensational concert in Graz, Strauss‘ Vier letzte Lieder. In 2015 she made her debut with the NDR Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Hengelbrock performing Jörg Widmann’s Dunkle Saiten who also dedicated the solo part in his work Labyrinth III to her. Sarah Wegener has further formed a close artistic relationship with the composer Georg Friedrich Haas. due to her unique ability to interpret microtonal music. She has premiered several of his works and was nominated for “Singer of the Year” by Opernwelt magazine in 2011 for her interpretation of the main role of Nadja in his opera Bluthaus. Recently she gave her debuts in his opera Morgen und Abend at the Royal Opera House London and the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Her discography comprises recordings with Frieder Bernius of arias by Justin Heinrich Knecht (Carus), Korngold’s Die stumme Serenade (CPO) Schubert’s Lazarus (Carus) and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor (Carus), as well as Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle under Tonu Kaljuste (Carus) and a CD with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under Heinz Holliger (Hänssler Classic). Her first song CD with Götz Payer ‘Into the Deep Sea’ will be released on CAvi-music soon.

Sarah Wegener will kick off the 2017/18 season with Kent Nagano and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal: after their successful collaboration with Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Bach’s St.Matthew’s Passion and Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem in several concerts in Montréal last season, will she now perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 as well as a chamber music evening. She will also sing concerts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Jörg Widman in Munich, the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna under Cornlius Meister at the Wien Modern Festival as well as Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the KlangVerwaltung Orchestra under Enoch zu Guttenberg, again in Munich. Solo evenings will take her to the Musikkollegium Winterthur and the Schwetzinger SWR Festival among others.

2017/18 season

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REVIEWS

Wegener’s ability cannot be disputed. The placement of her voice is flawless, she has the complete range of ambitious tone colour, superb timbre that still remains smooth even at a high volume, and perfect legato.
NZZ, 09/12/2015

Sarah Wegener is excellent in the role of Signe, ending on a celestial high.
Evening Standard, Barry Millington, November 2015

[...]and midwife Sarah Wegener, who is competent in this initial role before returning as Johannes’s daughter Signe. As Signe, she is the most authentic and moving character we encounter; discordant, mournful und distant and first, and finally gasping out her grief in a hoarse, poignant whistle.
Londonist, Holli-Mae Johnson, November 2015

Sarah Wegener is an extraordinary soprano, with a round and supple voice.
Musicologie.org, Eusebius, February 2015 (on the performance of Dvořák's Stabat Mater with the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées under Philippe Herreweghe at the Opéra de Dijon)

The beauty, the expression that never seems to be put on, with which Wegener interprets this farewell music so securely in the high registers is simply fantastic.
Kronen Zeitung, Martin Gasser, November 2014 (on Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs)

What the soprano Sarah Wegener mastered with her concise interventions of vocal stunts – and how she made these warm and cantabile, never sounding shrill in the higher ranges – borders on the miraculous.
Frankfurter Rundschau, Holger Noltze, January 2014 (on the world premiere of Widmann's III Labyrinth)

The soprano Sarah Wegener was sensational when she joined in the third and fourth movements of Schönberg’s second string quartet in F-sharp minor op. 10. She made her voice sound almost instrumental, infinitely refined with a wide range of dynamics, a large spectrum of colours and gorgeously dramatic expressivity.
Zürcher Kultur, Alfred Zimmerlin, January 2014

We must explicitly mention Sarah Wegener. The soprano addressed herself to the second work by Haas “…wie stille brannte das Licht” with an extraordinarily brilliant intonation. Haas quite often linked the soprano part very closely to the trumpet part and in the end united both voices in harmony again. Wegener hit all the audacious vocal jumps without losing any of the tonal quality. The precision of her voice is fantastic and was the reason for a well-deserved extra applause.
Salzburger Nachrichten, March 2013

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Programme proposals

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Concert repertoire

J. S. BACH BWV 6 Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden
BWV 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen
BWV 79 Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild
BWV 80 Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott
BWV 202 Weichet nur betrübte Schatten
BWV 211 Schweigt stille plaudert nicht (Coffee Cantata)
BWV 232 Mass in B minor (+ "Laudamus te")
BWV 243 Magnificat
BWV 244 St Matthew Passion
BWV 245 St John Passion
BWV 248 Christmas Oratorio
L. v. BEETHOVEN Mass in C major
Kantate auf den Tod Kaiser Josephs II.
Symphony No. 9 - Ode to Joy
A. BERG Sieben frühe Lieder for soprano and orchestra / for soprano and string quartet
5 Orchestral Songs (Altenberg Lieder) Op. 4
J. BRAHMS A German Requiem
Ophelia Lieder for string quartet and soprano (arr. A. Reimann)
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Opera Repertoire

V. BELLINI I Puritani Elvira *
G. BIZET Carmen Micaela *
B. BRITTEN Peter Crimes Ellen *
The Turn of the Screw Gouverness *
F. DANZI Der Berggeist Anne
CH. W. GLUCK Orfeo ed Euridice Euridice
G. F. HAAS Bluthaus Nadja
Morgen & Abend Signe/Hebamme
Melancholia Helene *
Thomas Frau Fink
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Media Centre

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Discography

Mozart Missa in c

W.A.MOZART · MISSA IN C

Sarah Wegener, Sophie Harmsen, Colin Balzer, Felix Rathgeber, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Hofkapelle Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius
Carus, 2016, Carus 83.284

Franz Schubert · Lazarus

Franz Schubert · Lazarus

Sarah Wegener, Johanna Winkel, Sophie Harmsen, Andreas Weller, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Hofkapelle Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius
Carus, 2013, Carus 83.293

Gioacchino Rossini · Petite Messe Solennelle

Gioacchino Rossini · Petite Messe Solennelle

Kirchheimer Vokal-Consort, Tõnu Kaljuste
Carus, 2012, Carus 83.406

Der Berggeist · Franz Ignaz Danzi

Der Berggeist · Franz Ignaz Danzi

Romantic opera in two acts, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Hofkapelle Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius
Carus, 2012, Carus 83.296

Grande Symphonie · Justin Heinrich Knecht

Grande Symphonie · Justin Heinrich Knecht

Orchesterwerke und Arien, Sarah Wegener, Hofkapelle Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius
Carus, 2011, Carus 83.228

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