Sarah Wegener has become an internationally sought-after performer for opera, concert, chamber music, lied and new music within a very short time. In recent years, the British-German soprano has been invited to the styriarte festival, the Salzburg Biennale, Bachfest Leipzig, De Singel Antwerp, Philharmonie Luxembourg, La folle journée Nantes, Konzerthaus Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Bozar Brussels, De Doelen Rotterdam, and Opéra Garnier Paris, among others.
In 2011, she performed the main role Nadja in the world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’s opera “Bluthaus”, a co-production of the Schwetzingen Festival and Theater Bonn. She has been nominated in the category “Singer of the year” in the magazine opernwelt for her excellent interpretation of this role. In 2009 already, Sarah Wegener had sung (world premiere) a work by the Austrian composer at the WDR Cologne. The song cycle “…wie stille brannte das Licht” had been written especially for her and draws upon her unique abilities as a performer of microtonal music as well as her wide vocal range.
For several years, she has been working with the conductor Frieder Bernius with whom she has performed a great part of the concert repertoire. The results of this collaboration include “Faust-Scenes” by R. Schumann at the Rheingau Music Festival, the role of Euridice in the opera “Orfeo ed Euridice” by C. W. Gluck and W. A. Mozart’s “Great Mass in C minor” in the Netherlands, in Austria and Germany. A recording of arias by Justin Heinrich Knecht has been released on the Carus label.
Further recordings include Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s “The Silent Serenade” for CPO as well as Gabriel Fauré’s “Pelléas et Mélisande op 80” (orchestrated by Charles Koechlin) together with the Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Stuttgart under the direction of Heinz Holliger. With the latter she also toured Switzerland and Italy performing chamber music by Schumann, Brahms and by Holliger himself. In 2012, she sang the opening concert of the styriarte festival under the musical direction of Michael Hofstetter, and made her debut as Agathe in Carl Maria von Weber’s “Der Freischütz” in the staging of Nigel Lowery.
Following her double bass-studies in Stuttgart, Sarah Wegener joined the singing class of Prof. Bernhard Jaeger-Böhm and studied Lied interpretation with Prof. Cornelis Witthoefft, both at the Conservatory in Stuttgart. Furthermore, she took part in master-classes by Dame Gwyneth Jones and Renée Morloc.
Sarah Wegener has just premiered two new works by Georg Friedrich Haas. His opera “Thomas” as well as “Dido for string quartet and soprano” were commissioned by the Schwetzingen Festival and have been performed in May 2013. At the festival Musica Viva Munich, she sung again Haas’s song cycle “Atthis”, together with musicians of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In October 2013, she premiered Iván Eröds Symphony No. 3 (“Øresund”) with the recreation orchestra under the baton of Michael Hofstetter in Graz.