Born in Sombor (Serbia), Sonja Šarić studied at the Mannheim School of Music. She was noticed in international singing competitions (Antonín Dvořák Competition in 2012, Oldenburg Competition and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition in 2013, Anneliese Rothenberger Competition in 2015) and received in 2017 the Grand Prize and Gold Medal of the Maria Callas Competition. She attended master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Cheryl Studer, Marjana Lipovsek, Hedwig Fassbaender, Thomas Hampson, Wolfram Rieger, and Thomas Quasthoff. She receives a grant from the Richard Wagner Society and the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation.
She made her opera debut in 2011 as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro in Bamberg. In 2014 she sang the title-role in Puccini's Manon Lescaut, a performance for young audiences at the Baden-Baden Festival. The following year, she appeared there in Der Rosenkavalier with Sir Simon Rattle and she made her debut in the title-role of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda in Ostrava.
In 2016 she joined the Opera Studio in Graz. In 2017 she took on the role of Leonora in Il Trovatore at the Graz Opera, where she also sang the Countess Almaviva, Madame Cortese (Il viaggio a Reims), Nedda (Pagliacci).
Her concert repertoire includes Verdi's Requiem, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Bach's St. John Passion, Mass in B minor and Christmas Oratorio, Handel's Judas Maccabeus, Mozart's Masses, Vivaldi's Gloria. She has sung with conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Dirk Kaftan, Oksana Lyniv, Lior Shambadal, Steven Sloane, Andrea Sanguineti, and Tomáš Brauner. She also performs recitals (programme of lieder by Strauss, Schubert, Mahler, Rachmaninov).
In the 2019-2020 Season, she has sung Leonora in Mannheim, Linz and Zagreb and Gerhilde (The Valkyrie) at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She took part in the Salzburg Festival 2020, in the production of Elektra (Die Aufseherin). Future projects include the Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro) in Graz.
Debut at the Paris Opera
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