"Spectacular" (concerti) – „Magnetic stage presence“ (Operaworld): Hailed by the international press as a singer with a "breathtaking top register" (Abendzeitung) and "stunning ease" (concerti), German soprano Sarah Traubel has emerged as one of the most fascinating vocal artists in Europe.
In the 2023/24 season, Sarah Traubel will once again be heard in the roles of Violetta in La Traviata and Gilda in Rigoletto, as well as Helmwige in Die Walküre at Leipzig Opera. In 2022/23, she sang the title role of Lortzing's Undine and was particularly successful as Agathe in Weber's Der Freischütz. Previously, she appeared as Sophie in Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra NOSPR conducted by Lawrence Foster, alongside Sophie Koch as Octavian. She performed the role of Inanna in Jörg Widmann's opera BABYLON at the State Theatre Wiesbaden. She portrayed Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni in León. At the Festival International de Beaune 2022, she sang the role of Amenaide in Rossini's Tancredi under the baton of Jérémie Rhorer and in a gala concert with legendary counter-tenor Andreas Scholl. With her accompanist Helmut Deutsch, she appeared at the Lavaux Classic Festival in Cully.
As a highly sought-after concert singer, Sarah Traubel will once again be performing in the 2023/24 season, presenting Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs, Mahler's Rückert Lieder, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14. She has performed Richard Wagner's Wesendonck-Lieder with the Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Claus Peter Flor and the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Scott Yoo. She was also invited to give concerts with these pieces at Haus Wahnfried in Bayreuth.
During the 2021/22 season, Sarah Traubel sang Sophie in a Rosenkavalier concert version alongside Sophie Koch with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Lawrence Foster. She was also invited to appear at the Berlin Philharmonie with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and returned to the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guanajuato, with the Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss. In 2021, Sarah Traubel appeared as the critically acclaimed Donna Anna in a Don Giovanni production in Léon and had her début at the Cervantino Festival with Symphony No.14by Dmitri Shostakovich.
In 2020 she was invited to sing her farewell from her long-time role as Queen of the Night (DieZauberflöte/Mozart) at the Festival de Beaune, in Jerusalem and at Musikfest Bremen, among others. In Darmstadt she sang Ilia (Idomeneo/Mozart). Ms. Traubel also appeared in Mozart and Haydn concert arias together with The English Concert, to great critical acclaim. Critically acclaimed role débuts of 2020 also included the role of Contessa in a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro, and in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Together with countertenor Andreas Scholl, Sarah Traubel sang Pergolesi's Stabat Mater at the occasion of the only concert honouring the 100th birthday of Pope John Paul II.
Ms. Traubel has collaborated with leading conductors including Daniele Gatti, Giampaolo Bisanti, Ingo Metzmacher, and Adam Fischer. A former member of the Young Singers Programme at Zurich Opera, she appeared among other roles as Queen of the Night (TheMagicFlute/Mozart), Titania (AMidsummerNight’sDream/Britten), Rosina (Lafintasemplice/Mozart), Amor (L’Animadelfilosofo/Haydn), and Engel (Palestrina/ Pfitzner). At the Salzburg Mozarteum she had her successful debuts as Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice/Gluck) and Ilia. A passionate actress on the opera stage, Sarah Traubel has collaborated with eminent stage directors including Harry Kupfer, Jan Esslinger, Joan Anton Rechi, Paco Azorín, Nina Russi, and Jens-Daniel Herzog. In addition to her operatic work, she is also a successful oratorio and Lied performer. Her SONY Classical debut CD "Arias for Josepha" of Mozart and other virtuoso coloratura arias was released in 2020 and received worldwide critical acclaim, including a four-star review by Gramophone("A colourful debut ... Sublime."). Her 2022 CD release "In meinem Lied“, together with pianist Helmut Deutsch (on Aparté), featuring songs by Liszt, Mahler, Strauss and Korngold, brought her nominations for the Opus Klassik Award as "Female Singer ofthe Year" and "Solo Vocal Recording of the Year". Her latest album, featuring arias by Bach and works for soprano by Schönberg and Berg, was released in March 2023 ("De Profundis," on Aparté).
Sarah Traubel, grandniece of legendary Metropolitan Opera diva Helen Traubel and of conductor Günter Wand, began her singing career in her hometown of Mannheim, Germany, at age seventeen. Following her studies at Universität der Künste in Berlin, she graduated from the Salzburg Mozarteum with distinction. Sarah also obtained a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. In addition to her formation by Barbara Bonney in Salzburg, her studies with Francisco Araiza, Julie Kaufmann, and Angelika Kirchschlager were of particular importance for her further development. Today she works with Danielle Borst.