Sara Hershkowitz is a native of Los Angeles, California and is the recipient of two nominations in Opernwelt for Singer of the Year, for her portrayal of Zaide in the German Premiere of Mozart/Czernowin’s Zaide Adama, and also for Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. As a principal artist at the Bremen Opera, she sang such roles as Gepopo in Le Grand Macabre, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Governess in The Turn of the Screw, and Konstanze in The Abduction of the Seraglio. Highlights of the 2019-2020 season include Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre with the BBC Scottish Symphony, Soprano 1 in Luigi Nono’s Al Gran Sole Carico D’Amore at Theater Basel, an evening Alban Berg and Philip Herschkowitz lieder for ORF Radio in Wien, together with pianist Elisabeth Leonskaya, the Maid in Thomas Ades’s Powder Her Face at the Grand Theatre de Tours, and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Five Images After Sappho with the London Philharmonia. In the 2018-2019 season, Ms. Hershkowitz made her debut with Los Angeles Philharmonic in John Cage’s Europeras, created the role of Claire Claremont in the world premiere of Michael Wertmueller’s Diodati at Theater Basel, sang Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Detroit Symphony as well as Unsuk Chin’s Acrostic Word Play and Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre, both with the Bergen Festival in Norway.
In 2017 Sara Hershkowitz thrilled audiences and critics alike with her own daring and controversial staging of Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre with the Noord Netherlands Orchestra. In the same season she made her debut with New Orleans Opera as Euridice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and returned to the Wuppertal Opernhaus as the four heroines Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta/Stella in Offenbach’s Les Contes D’Hoffmann, in addition to Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos for the Nordnorsk Opera og Symfonieorkester in Norway.
As an educator, Sara Hershkowitz has taught master classes for Bolivia Classica, a classical music non-profit in La Paz that brings music education to highly talented and underprivileged students. She has also given talks on “ A Career In Opera” to the vocal majors at Manhattan School of Music and University of Kentucky. A strong believer in the benefits of meditation, Ms. Hershkowitz has also long been a student of the Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais, both of which inform her as an artist and educator.Spoken language: English
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