Sara Hershkowitz

coloratura soprano

The outstanding soprano is a native of Los Angeles, California, and fascinates the musical world with her enormous stage presence and wide range of repertoire. In 2020, she has been nominated by the Opernwelt Magazine for Singer of the Year the third time: for her interpretation of soprano 1 in Luigi Nono‘s Al gran sole carico d’amore at the Theater Basel. Earlier nominations include her portrayal of Zaide in the German Premiere of Mozart/Czernowin’s Zaide Adama and for Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. In 2019, she created the role of Claire Claremont in the world premiere of Michael Wertmueller’s Diodati. Unendlich and sang Soprano 1 in Luigi Nono’s Al Gran Sole Carico D’Amore at Theater Basel to great acclaim.

As a principal artist at the Bremen Opera between 2007-2012, she performed such roles as Chief of Gepopo in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, Sophie in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and Konstanze in Mozart’s The Abduction of the Seraglio. In 2017, she made her debut with the New Orleans Opera as Euridice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and fascinated as the four heroines Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta/Stella in Offenbach’s Les Contes D’Hoffmann at the Opernhaus Wuppertal. Additional opera highlights include Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at the Nordnorsk Opera og Symfonieorkester in Norway, the role of the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Autonoe in Henze’s The Bassarides at Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma, The Snow Owl in Philip Glass’s The Civil Wars, with the Holland Festival, and Servillia in Gluck’s La Clemenzo di Tito at the Theater an der Wien.

In 2023 Sara Hershkowitz will make her first appearance with the Amarillo Symphony with Samuel Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 and bluegrass songs arranged by herself for orchestra and banjo.

Opera / Music theatre

Thomas Adès Powder Her Face (The Maid)
George Benjamin Written on Skin (Agnes)
Alban Berg Lulu (Lulu)
Leonard Bernstein Candide (Cunegonde), West Side Story (Maria)
Benjamin Britten The Turn of the Screw (Governess), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania)
Claude Debussy Pélleas and Mélisande (Mélisande)
Gaetano Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia), The Three Queens (Anna Bolena/Maria Stuarda/Robert Devereux)
Georg Friedrich Händel Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra), Alcina (Alcina/Morgana)
György Ligeti Le Grand Macabre (Gepopo)
Jules Massenet Manon (Manon)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Mitridate, re di Ponto (Ismene/Aspasia), Lucio Silla (Giunia), Idomeneo (Lia/Elettra)
Luigi Nono Al Gran Sole Carico D’Amore (Sopran 1)
Jacques Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffman (Four Female Roles), Orpheus in the Underworld (Eurydice)
Francis Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites (Sœur Constance)
Aribert Reimann Lear (Regan/Cordelia)
Stephen Sondheim Into the Woods (Cinderella)
Johann Strauß Die Fledermaus (Adele)
Richard Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos (Zerbinetta), Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie), Arabella (Zdenka/Fiakermilli)
Igor Strawinsky The Rake’s Progress (Anne Truelove)
Giuseppe Verdi La Traviata (Violetta)
Bernd Alois Zimmermann Die Soldaten (Marie)

Concert (selection):

Johann Sebastian Bach St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Jauchzet Gott
Samuel Barber Knoxville Summer 1915
Alban Berg Sieben frühe Lieder
Johannes Brahms Deutsches Requiem
Benjamin Britten Les Illuminations, War Requiem
Unsuk Chin Acrostic Wordplay
Gabriel Faure Requiem
Georg Friedrich Händel The Messiah
Joseph Haydn Die Schöpfung
György Ligeti Mysteries of the Macabre
Carl Orff Carmina Burana
Esa-Pekka Salonen Five Songs after Sappho
Albert Schönberg Pierrot Lunaire
Richard Strauss Brentano Lieder
Michael Tippet Child of Our Time
Antonio Vivaldi Laudate Pueri, Gloria

Lied (selection)

Alban Berg Sieben frühe Lieder
George Gershwin American Songbook
Enrique Granados Tonadillas
Franz Schubert Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Die Forelle, Heideröslein, An die Musik, Frühlingsglaube
Kurt Weill Nana‘s Lied, Berlin im Licht, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, Wie lange noch

17/18 November 2023, 19:30, Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, Amarillo, Texas

Programme: Anna Merideth Fringe Flower, Samuel Barber Knoxville Summer of 1915, Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1, Bluegrass surprise

Cast: Amarillo Symphony, George Jackson (conductor), Sara Hershkowitz (soprano)

(…) with Sara Hershkowitz, the ensemble has won the lottery.

As Zerbinetta, Sara Hershkowitz sang with remarkable agility and command of her top register, combined with touching sincerity in her duet with the composer., Aksel Tollåli, 22 March 2017

The audience offered the brilliant and exhausted Hershkowitz four ovations… with her superb soprano voice, she punctuated the frightfull interpretation.
Radio Bremen, Andreas Moll

Sara Hershkowitz possesses a flexible, beautiful voice with huge presence—a wild, beautiful animal— with which she masters the frivolous love doll Olympia, the morbid sensuality of Antonia, and the coldness of professional-seductress Giulietta.
Opernwelt, Michael Struck, November 2016

Sara Hershkowitz is practically the perfect incarnation of the Governess’s ambiguity, able to calmly communicate repressed hysteria, then a near-calm that is somehow terrifying, all the while in full control of the jagged tessitura with absolute precision, flawless intonation, clarity, and pleasing tone.

Breathtakingly expressive and stunningly beautiful, Hershkowitz allows the coloratura of Zaide to move like pearls through her throat, with more lightness than spoken language could ever dream of achieveing. The staging (…) Stop. Back again to Hershkowitz. (…) Hershkowitz is simply the perfect opera singer., Benno Schirrmeister, 27 May 2008


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