Bio: Sonja Šarić, soprano, was born in Sombor. She trained her voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim, in the class of professor Snežana Stamenković, where she completed her undergraduate and master’s studies. She has participated in numerous national and international competitions where she has won a number of awards, including the Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens in 2017, then the Austrian “Musiktheaterpreis” in the category for young artists in 2019 for the role of Leonora in Verdi’s Troubadour. After finishing her studies, in the period from 2016 to 2019,
Sonja is a member of the opera studio at the Opera in Graz. In addition to a large number of smaller roles and concerts, she is very noted in many major roles of her profession, such as the Countess in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, Leonora in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”, Madame Cortese in Rossini’s opera “Il viaggio a Reims” and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera “Pagliacci”.
In addition to active performances in opera, Sonja Šarić also nurtures lied and concert repertoire. It consists of works such as songs by Schubert, Richard Strauss, and Mahler; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Verdi’s Requiem.
Since 2019, Sonja Šarić has been performing as an independent artist and she was a guest in the leading opera centers in Europe. As Gerhilde in Wagner’s opera The Valkyrie, she performed at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam where Maestro Van Zweden conducted, as well as at the National Opera in Paris under the baton of conductor Maestro Jordan. Her performances as Leonora in Troubadour delighted the audience at the Opera in Linz, the National Theater in Mannheim and the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb. At the Salzburg Festival 2020, she sang in the new production of Strauss’s Elektra.
During 2019, she successfully participated in the master class of Thomas Hampson and Melanie Diener in Waiblingen – Opernwerkstatt Waiblingen, which ended with a big concert with the Stuttgart Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Ettinger. She won the second prize and audience award at the Elizabeth Connell Prize – International Singing Competition for Dramatic Sopranos in Sydney, Australia. In the same year, she was one of the scholarship holders of the famous Georg Solti Accademia.
Šarić had her opera debut in the role of the Countess in Figaro’s marriage in Bamberg in 2011, and a few years later, in 2015, she made her debut as Maria Stuarda in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda in Ostrava. She performed at the Easter Festival in Baden Baden accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic with Maestro Rattle. At the “Antonín Dvořák” competition in Karlovy Vary in 2012, she won the first prize, the audience award and the award for the best performance of Mozart’s composition. At the “Felix Mendelssohn” university competition in Berlin in 2014, she won the third prize, while in 2015 she won the first prize at the competition “Anneliese Rothenberger”. At the age of only twenty, she was the winner of the first prize in the junior category at the “Ferruccio Tagliavini” competition in Austria in 2010, where she also won the award for the best soprano of the entire competition. During her school days in Novi Sad at the “Svetozar Markovic” Gymnasium and “Isidor Bajic” Music School she won a large number of awards and recognitions (Republic competition Belgrade, “Nikola Cvejic” competition in Ruma, “Bruna Spiler” in Herceg Novi). She also received the scholarship of the “Melanija Bugarinović” fund for the improvement of vocal art.