Biography

Biography

Swiss soprano Sarah Matousek studied with Frédéric Gindraux and Jean-Philippe Clerc at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU), where she completed a BA and MA in vocal performance. She then pursued her training in London with Theresa Goble and Mike Pugh.

Opera roles in the last seasons include soprano solo in Castor&&Pollux, a multimedia creation based on Rameau's opera at the Musikfestival Heidelberger Frühling; Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Amore and Damigella in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, with company Ensemble OrQuesta in London; Morgana in Haendel’s Alcina at Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg (cond. Attillio Cremonesi, Andrea Marchiol) ; Grasshopper in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen (cond. Ivan Törsz) and Ernestine in Offenbach’s Monsieur Choufleuri at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne.
Sarah has also performed  with the extra-chorus at the Geneva Grand Théâtre, and regularly sings in the chorus at Opéra de Lausanne (CH). In 2019, she joined the Chœur de Chambre de Namur for the production of Rameau’s Les Indes galantes at the Opéra National de Paris (cond. Leonardi Garcia Alarcón).

Equally active on the concert platform, the young soprano has recently performed solo parts in Haendel’s Messiah at Lausanne cathedral, Bach’s Matthäuspassion at the Dartington Festival (cond. Tom Seligman), Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium for the Barock Vokal program in Mainz (cond. Masaaki Suzuki). Sarah also sang in professional ensembles such as Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne (cond. Michel Corboz/Daniel Reuss), Académie Vocale de Suisse Romande (cond. Renaud Bouvier/Dominique Tille).

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Born in Geneva, Sarah made her debut on the stage of the Grand Théâtre singing with the children’s chorus of the Conservatoire Populaire in various productions, among which I. Aboulker’s opera Les Enfants du Levant where she had a solo role under the baton of Philippe Béran. Sarah also took part to several productions with Opéra Théâtre Junior (Michèle Heimendinger), and sang the main role in I. Aboulker’s Douce et Barbe Bleue.

During her studies in Lausanne, Sarah performed as a soloist for various projects, among which oratorio Le Roi David by A. Honegger (cond. Benjamin Levy) and A Sacred Concert by D. Ellington. She also took a very active part to the Atelier Lyrique, which allowed her to study many roles, in the fields of opera and spoken theatre. Her final Master’s project, featuring love-and folk songs by Swiss and Czech composers was selected to be performed and broadcasted live on Swiss national radio RTS.

Sarah has been fortunate enough to sing in masterclasses of artists such as Madelyn Renée, Nadine Denize, Andrew Watts, Jean Rigby, David Jones, Thomas Moser, Karan Armstrong, Luisa Castellani. She also took part to Vox Integra courses, the Lotte Lehmann Akademie and short courses at The National Opera Studio in London.

As a result of her particular love and interest for these eras, Sarah’s main repertoire features many works from the baroque and classical eras. However, her never ending curiosity brings her to embrace all sorts of different styles, from Italian belcanto to contemporary music and art song. She was also introduced to jazz during her time at the HEMU in Lausanne, studying with Susanne Abbuehl (ECM recording artist).

December 2019