Biography of Maeder Sarah:
The Swiss coloratura soprano Sarah Maeder specialized in business studies in her school-leaving exams and thereafter studied law for three years at university. Her talents led her to switch to studying music. In 2003 she completed her teaching diploma and in 2004 her solo diploma, both with distinction and under the tuition of Dorothea Bamert-Galli in Zurich. In 2004 and 2005 Sarah Maeder was a member of the ensemble of the Swiss Opera Studio in Biel, a department of the Berne University of Arts. There, the roles she sang included Cleopatra in Handel’s Julius
Caesar and Beth in The Tender Land by Aaron Copland. She sang the role of Bubikopf in Viktor Ullmann’s Kaiser von Atlantis at the Biel-Solothurn Theatre and also sang in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. She sang the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, both with the Junges Theater Graz. She has also performed in operettas, such as Franzi in Wienerblut, the Kürfürstin Marie in the Vogelhändler and Gräfin Carlotta in Gasparone. Sarah Maeder has participated in master classes with Juliette Bise and Laura Sarti at the Académie de Musique in Sion, with Ernst Häfliger in Zurich and Klesie Kelly at the Bach Akademie in Stuttgart, and she also took part in a lied course with Daniel Fueter at the Zurich Conservatory. During her studies at the Opera Studio in Biel, she took further lessons with Janet Perry and Hanspeter Blochwitz. Sarah Maeder’s work with Professore Vincenzo Antonio Manno (Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Milan) takes her regularly to Milan. The present CD project took concrete shape after a song recital with Gérard Wyss. The recordings took place in early 2010. Sarah Maeder loves both the lied and the sacred repertoire, though she does not restrict herself to any single epoch. Her singing technique means she is demand and highly regarded in both the Baroque and Romantic repertoires. She is currently devoting herself more and more to contemporary music. Sarah Maeder was for many years a member of the Swiss Chamber Choir. Besides her pedagogical activities, she is also in demand at home and abroad for concerts and oratorios.