Sonja Šarić, soprano, was born in Sombor. She trained her voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim, in the class of professor Snežana Stamenković, where she completed her undergraduate and master’s studies. She has participated in numerous national and international competitions where she has won a number of awards, including the Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens in 2017, then the Austrian “Musiktheaterpreis” in the category for young artists in 2019 for the role of Leonora in Verdi’s Troubadour. After finishing her studies, in the period from 2016 to 2019.

The most recent prize came in 2021 at the 4th International Competition of Opera Singers ”Eva Marton” in Budapest, where Sonja was rated as the best – both by the expert jury and the audience.

Sonja is a member of the opera studio at the Opera in Graz. In addition to a large number of smaller roles and concerts, she is very noted in many major roles of her profession, such as the Countess in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Leonora in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”, Madame Cortese in Rossini’s opera “Il viaggio a Reims” and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera “Pagliacci”.

In addition to active performances in opera, Sonja Šarić also nurtures lied and concert repertoire. It consists of works such as songs by Schubert, Richard Strauss, and Mahler; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Verdi’s Requiem.

Since 2019, Sonja Šarić has been performing as an independent artist and she was a guest in the leading opera centers in Europe. As Gerhilde in Wagner’s opera The Valkyrie, she performed at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam where Maestro Van Zweden conducted, as well as at the National Opera in Paris under the baton of conductor Maestro Jordan. Her performances as Leonora in Troubadour delighted the audience at the Opera in Linz, the National Theater in Mannheim and the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb. At the Salzburg Festival 2020, she sang in the new production of Strauss’s Elektra.

In 2021, Sonja had her first performance in an opera production in her native country, when she performed the role of Aida in Verdi’s opera, in the interpretation of the Serbian National Theater from Novi Sad. A couple of months later, she took the same role at the Landestheater in Linz. At the beginning of 2022, Sonja made her double debut by playing Norma in front of the audience of the National Theater in Belgrade.

During 2019, she successfully participated in the master class of Thomas Hampson and Melanie Diener in Waiblingen – Opernwerkstatt Waiblingen, which ended with a big concert with the Stuttgart Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Ettinger.  She won the second prize and audience award at the Elizabeth Connell Prize – International Singing Competition for Dramatic Sopranos in Sydney, Australia. In the same year, she was one of the scholarship holders of the famous Georg Solti Accademia.

Šarić had her opera debut in the role of the Countess in Figaro’s marriage in Bamberg in 2011, and a few years later, in 2015, she made her debut as Maria Stuarda in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda in Ostrava. She performed at the Easter Festival in Baden Baden accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic with Maestro Rattle. At the “Antonín Dvořák” competition in Karlovy Vary in 2012, she won the first prize, the audience award and the award for the best performance of Mozart’s composition. At the “Felix Mendelssohn” university competition in Berlin in 2014, she won the third prize, while in 2015 she won the first prize at the competition “Anneliese Rothenberger”. At the age of only twenty, she was the winner of the first prize in the junior category at the “Ferruccio Tagliavini” competition in Austria in 2010, where she also won the award for the best soprano of the entire competition. During her school days in Novi Sad at the “Svetozar Markovic” Gymnasium and “Isidor Bajic” Music School she won a large number of awards and recognitions (Republic competition Belgrade, “Nikola Cvejic” competition in Ruma, “Bruna Spiler” in Herceg Novi). She also received the scholarship of the “Melanija Bugarinović” fund for the improvement of vocal art.

Performance history

2021/2022

National Theatre Belgrade
V. Bellini: Norma
Conductor: Kojić
Director: Del Monaco
 
Landestheater Linz
G. Verdi: Aida 
Conductor: Poschner, Calesso, Novati
Director: Hartmannshenn
 
Serbian National Theatre Novi Sad
G. Verdi: Aida
Conductor: Solinas/Kojić
Director: Nikolić
2020/2021

Opera National de Paris

R.Wagner: Die Walküre (Gerhilde)

Conductor: Jordan

2019/2020

Salzburger Festspiele

R.Strauss: Elektra (Die Aufseherin)

Conductor: Welser-Möst

Director: Warlikowski

 

Landestheater Linz

G.Verdi: Il Trovatore (Leonora)

Conductor: Calesso

Director: Horres

 

NT Mannheim

G.Verdi: Il Trovatore (Leonora)

Conductor: Rizzi Brignoli/ Liepinš

Director: Vontobel

 

The Concertgebouw Amsterdam

R.Wagner: Die Walküre (Gerhilde)

Conductor: van Zweden

2018/2019 

NT Mannheim

G.Verdi: Il Trovatore (Leonora)

Conductor: Rizzi Brignoli/Liepinš

Director: Vontobel

 

HNK Zagreb

G.Verdi: Il Trovatore (Leonora)

Conductor: Mottadelli/ Šego

Director: Bernard

 

Oper Graz

R.Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (Nedda)

Conductor: Lyniv/ Burkert

Director: Fioroni

 

Oper Graz

Stephen Oliver: Mario und der Zauberer (Signora Angiolieri)

Conductor: Merkel

Director: Thausing

2017/2018

Oper Graz

G.Verdi: Il Trovatore (Leonora, Inez)

Conductor: Sanguineti/ Engelen

Director: Baur

 

Oper Graz

W.A.Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (Contessa Almaviva)

Conductor: Comin/ Merkel

Director: von Mayenburg

 

Oper Graz

P.Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue (Ygraine)

Conductor:Kluttig/Burkert

Director:Loschky

 

Oper Graz

G.Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims (Madame Cortese)

Conductor: Lyniv/ Merkel

Director: Mottl

2016/2017

Oper Graz

G. Verdi: La Traviata (Annina)

Conductor: Lyniv

Director: Konwitschny

 

Oper Graz

G. Puccini: La Rondine (Yvette)

Conductor:Comin/Burkert

Director: Villazón

 

Oper Graz

A.Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg (2.Zofe)

Conductor: Kaftan

Director: Esterhazy

 

Oper Graz

V. Bellini: Norma (Clotilde)

Conductor: Engelen 

Director: Klepper

2015

R.Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Adelige Waise)

Easter festival, Festspielhaus Baden Baden

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Rattle

 Director: Fassbaender

 

 

Easter Festival Baden Baden: Die kleine Manon (Manon)

(Segments from G.Puccini`s Opera Manon Lescaut, arrangement for children)

Members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Ward; 

Director: Tzavara

 

2014/2015

Donizetti: Maria Stuarda (Maria Stuarda)

National Moravian Silesian Theatre Ostrava, Czech Republic

Conductor: Brauner; 

Director: Keprtova

2013

Salzburg Festival: A Midsummer Night`s Dream (Fairy)

(W.Shakespeare/F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy)

Mozarteum Orchester

Conductor: Bolton; 

Director: Mason

2011

Summer Oper Bamberg; 

W.A.Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro ( La Contessa)

Conductor: Weser;

Director: Lewandowski

Concert Repertoire

  • G.Rossini Stabat Mater
  • G.Verdi:Messa da Requiem
  • A.Dvořák: Stabat Mater
  • F.Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Elias
  • L.van Beethoven: 9th Symphonie
  • J.Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
  • J.S.Bach- H moll Messe.
  • G.F. Händel – Judas Maccabeaus
  • J.S.Bach- Weihnachts Oratorium
  • A. Vivaldi:Gloria
  • J.Stamiz: Missa Solemnis

As a child, Sonja Šarić was fascinated by traditional music of Vojvodina, which is infinitely beautiful in these parts, diverse, intertwined with influences and decorations from the east and the west. Even at that age, she dreamed of becoming a singer of traditional folk music, but solo singing classes took her in a different direction and made opera singing become her life’s choice. Her love for tradition and culture of her homeland gave her the necessary breadth and completely unique approach to music that she nurtures even today, interpreting arias and solo songs, but also traditional music, in a completely authentic way. Her wish is to bring classical music, and above all opera, closer to the widest audience. She wishes to do so with her artistic work and public actions, and to conjure unique stories to her listeners with her talent and to awaken love for this type of music in children and young people.

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