Sarah Defrise

Sarah is a young Belgian soprano. Her recent success as the Teenager, in Jean-Luc Fafchamp’s Is this the end ?  at la Monnaie / De Munt in Brussels marked the beginning of her international career. Last season she made critically acclaimed debuts at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin in a role written for her by Peter Eötvös (the Girl/Sleepless). She also debuted at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Nouvel Opéra Fribourg and Müpa Budapest. This season she will make her debuts as Zdenka (Arabella/Strauss) at the Teatro Real Madrid. She was elected « Young Musician of the Year » by the Belgian Press Union.

Her acting and piano training contributed to her personality and to her eclectic repertoire ranging from chamber music, to operas, recitals with orchestra or solo-voice shows, with a particular taste for XXth Century and contemporary music.

Sarah performed roles such as Cunegonde (Candide / Bernstein), Clorinda (La Cenerentola / Rossini), the Fairy (Cendrillon / Viardot),  Nannetta (Falstaff / Verdi), Musetta (La Bohème / Puccini), Frau Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor, Mozart), or Tonina (Prima la musica e poi le parole, Salieri). She sang with conductors such as Peter Eötvös, Maxime Pascal, David Afkham, Christophe Rousset, Speranza Scappucci, Fabio Mastrangelo, Jan-Latham-Koenig or Patrick Davin. Sarah won several international prizes and scholarships. She was awarded the Best Performer 2018 prize at the Armel International Opera Competition.

Sarah holds a Master in Music from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel and a PhD in the Arts from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.