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This season, French-Japanese-American soprano Sarah Hayashi will make her house and role debut at the Staatstheater Cottbus singing Der Hahn in Attila Kadri Şedil’s children’s opera Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten. She looks forward to singing the soprano solo in Humperdinck’s Dornröschen with Singakademie Dresden at the Lukaskirche in Dresden, Mozart’s Requiem in D minor with Ev.-Luth. Kirche gemeinde Riesa, and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 with Studio Chor Berlin at the Kammermusiksaal of the Berlin Philharmonic. She made her German debut in 2021 at Theater Erfurt where she has performed Susanna and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Findus in Ramdohr’s Petersson und Findus, Tante Edla/Jiri in Leipold’s Mio Mein Mio, Adele in Die Rache der Fledermaus, and Aufseherin in Elektra. During the pandemic, she sang Le Feu in the critically -acclaimed, award-winning film of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges produced by Vopera with the London Philharmonic. Other roles include Blonde/ Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Bronx Opera, Zerlina/Don Giovanni for Bare Opera in New York City, Despina/Così fan tutte for Seastar Opera, Olympia/Les contes d'Hoffmann with Arbor Opera Company Michigan, and Euridice/Orphée aux Enfers with Bel Cantanti Opera and Bearwood Opera.

"clear as a bell... heartbreakingly sung"
Thüringer Allgemeine

Sarah's roles include Susanna/Le nozze di Figaro, Adina/L'elisir d'amore, Adele/Die Fledermaus, Olympia/Les contes d'Hoffmann, Barbarina/Le nozze di Figaro, Feu/Princesse/Rossignol/L’enfant et les sortilègesBlonde/Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Zerlina/Don Giovanni, Despina/Così fan tutte, Euridice/Orphée aux Enfers, Miss Ellen/Lakmé, Emmie/Albert Herring, and roles in various new works in the United States and in Germany. She is active in concert work as both an ensemble member and soloist, and she is a founding member of the Chaconne Ensemble. A unique, versatile, and vibrant ensemble comprised of soprano, baroque cello and harpsichord continuo, they specialize in chamber music for solo voice and continuo of the 17th and 18th-centuries and were one of six ensembles invited to the 2023 Handel Competition at the International Händel Festspiele Göttingen.


Sarah is a recipient of the Selma D. Fisher Award and was a finalist in the Handel Singing Competition in London, a two-time semi-finalist in the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera «Pietro Antonio Cesti», 2nd Place Winner in the Handel Aria Competition in Madison, WI, and a semi-finalist in the Concours Corneille International Baroque Singing Competition in Normandy. 


Sarah is currently based in Dresden. To be in touch with her directly, please use her contact form or connect with her on her socials. For press materials, schedule, and all other professional inquiries, please be in touch with the management. She is represented by Stretta Artist Management.

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