The young German/Ethiopian mezzo-soprano Sarah Ferede comes from Hamburg, where she
took her first musical steps as a member of the Hamburg State Opera’s children’s
choir Die Alsterspatzen. From an early age, she subsequently took private singing
lessons with Professor Charlotte Lehmann in Hannover.
Sarah has been a prize winner at various singing competitions such as the Wiesbadener
Mozart Preis 2007, the Berlin Bundeswettbewerb Gesang 2010 (special prize) as well
as the prestigious Competizione dell´Opera 2010 (special prize) at the Semperoper
Dresden (Saxonian State Opera), and she took part in numerous musical events and
concerts for prize winners such as the 2007 Gala Concert of the Kammeroper Schloss
In addition, she appeared as a soloist in works such as Bach's Christmas Oratorio,
Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, Verdi's Messa da Requiem, Mahler’s 3rd Symphony under
Stefan Soltesz, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony under Alexander Joel and Bruckner’s Te Deum
under Georg Mark. And she sang Clothilde in a concert performance of Bellini’s Norma
alongside Editha Gruberova under the baton of Michail Jurowski in Berlin.
In 2014, she sang Symphony No. 2 by G. Mahler under Kent Nagano at the Audi Summer
Concerts, as well as Bruckner’s Te Deum and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream
alongside noted actor Klaus Maria Brandauer as narrator at the Herrenchiemsee Festspiele
under Enoch zu Guttenberg. Concert engagments for 2014-2015 and 2016 include: Braunfels’
‘Das Spiel von der Auferstehung des Herrn’ and Jonathan Dove’s church opera ‘Tobias
and the Angel’ with the Münchener Rundfunkorchester (Munich Radio Orchestra) under
Ulf Schirmer, Verdi’s Requiem at the Berlin Philharmonie under Enoch zu Guttenberg,
and concert performances of Strauss’ opera Elektra in Beijing and Shanghai under
the baton of Charles Dutoit.
Since 2005 she has participated in numerous theatre and opera productions: At the
Altes Schauspielhaus Stuttgart she performed the part of Sharon Graham in Terrence
McNally’s Master Class Maria Callas. In the 2006-07 Season, she was a member of the
ensemble at the Landestheater Coburg. Her roles there included Nancy in Martha and
Meg Page in Falstaff. In 2007-08, she was awarded the Franz-Josef-Weisweller-Scholarship
at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, where she subsequently appeared in roles such as
2nd Lady in The Magic Flute, Antonia in Tiefland, Giovanna in Rigoletto, 2nd Maid
and the Confidante in Elektra. In 2008, she made her role debut as Carmen at the
Theater fuer Niedersachsen in Hildesheim.
From 2008-09 to 2011-12, Sarah was a member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater
Braunschweig, where she for instance performed Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Alcina
in Orlando Paladino by Joseph Haydn, the leading role of the Tochter in the world
premiere of the opera Baruchs Schweigen by Ella Milch-Sheriff, Orlowsky in Die Fledermaus
(The Bat), Olga and Larina in Eugene Onegin, the title role in Carmen and Hermia
in A Midsummer Night's Dream. In the 2011-12 Season, new parts there included Rosina
in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro.
In the same Season she jumped in at short notice as Cherubino at Augsburg Theatre,
Larina at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and Meg Page at the Staatstheater Hannover.
In 2013, she returned to Mannheim as Olga in Eugene Onegin.
At Herrenchiemsee Festspiele 2013, Sarah has made her role debut as the Komponist
in R. Strauss’ opera Ariadne auf Naxos under Ljubka Biagioni to great acclaim.
Since 2012-13, Sarah Ferede is a member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duesseldorf-Duisburg,
where she performs roles such as Hansel/Hansel and Gretel, Mary/The Flying Dutchman,
Meg Page/Falstaff, Mercédès/Carmen, Page/Salome, Stimme von oben/Die Frau ohne Schatten,
1. Maid/Elektra and Rossweisse/The Walkyrie. Roles in 2013-14 included Hansel in
Hansel and Gretel and Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma. In 2014-15, Sarah has made her
very successful role debut as Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther in the Duisburg première.
In 2015-16 she will make her role debut as Octavian/Der Rosenkavalier at Deutsche
Oper am Rhein.
In addition, Sarah Ferede has sung in the opera and concert fields under renowned
conductors such as Yves Abel, Christoph Altstaedt, Giordano Bellincampi, Enrico Delamboye,
Howard Griffith, Leopold Hager, Karen Kamensek, Axel Kober, Friedemann Layer, Daniel
Lipton, Georg Mark, Marc Piollet and Markus Poschner.