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Sarah LAULAN - Contralto
After studying Drama and Singing, Sarah Laulan achieved her tuition at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels. She won the 3rd Prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in 2014 and the Paul Streit Prize at the Geneva Competition in 2016. She follows the guidance of Jocelyne Dienst, Marianne Pousseur and Brigitte Fassbaender.
She was heard at the Berlin Philharmony under the baton of Krill Petrenko in the role of La Maestra delle Novice from Suor Angelica, and in the roles of Maddalena from Rigoletto (Liège, Toulon, Massy, Metz and Reims), Mrs Quickly from Falstaff (French tour), L'Opinion Publique from Orphée aux Enfers by Offenbach (Avignon), La Périchole (Massy), Dryade from Ariadne auf Naxos (Toulouse), The Mother from L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Barhain), Cléone from Pénélope by Fauré (Strasbourg, Mulhouse), La Marchande de Journaux from Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Brussels), Suzuki from Madama Butterfly and Javotte from Manon (Marmande Festival), Théorodrine from L'Île de Tulipatan by Offenbach (Rouen, Besançon and Saint-Etienne), Lucy from Die Dreigroschenoper (French tour). She also sang large extracts from Carmen, Olga from Evgeny Onegin, Madam Flora from The Medium by Menotti and The Sphinx from Enescu's Oedipe, Erda / Waltraute / Fricka (highlights from Wagner's Tetralogy for Young Audience at the Paris Philharmonie).
An accomplished musician, she regularly sings the contemporary repertoire: Les Caprices de Marianne by Henri Sauguet (French tour), L'Ombre de Venceslao by Martin Matalon (French tour), Euphonia 2344 by Michael Levinas (Berlioz Festival), Alice au Pays des Merveilles by Matteo Franceschini (Paris Philharmonie, Compiègne), Lyssi by Eric Breton (Sarajevo), Laïka the Spacedog (English Touring Opera) and a selection from Les Récitations by Aperghis. She takes part in The Golden Beetle by Fujikura with the Orchestre National d'Île-de-France, L'Annonce faite à Marie by Marc Bleuse in Toulouse, Le Diable à Paris by Marcel Lattès (Athénée in Paris and on tour), the creation of Silent Song into the Wild with the Berlin-based ensemble ‘Nico and the Navigators’ (German tour and Brussels).
She took part in stagings by John Turturro, Michel Fau, Olivier Py, Laurent Fréchuret, Ted Huffman, Georges Lavaudant, Alain Garichot, Yann Dacosta, Jacques Nichet…
In the concert field, she sang with the Orchestre de la Monnaie, Orchestre Philarmonique de Bruxelles, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre National de Belgique, Royal Flemish Philarmonic, Orchestre Philarmonique Royal de Liège, Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, Orchestre d'Avignon, under the baton of such conductors as Patrick Fournillier, Stéphane Denève, Dmitri Jurowski, Giampaolo Bisanti, Georg Fritzsch, Daniel Kawka, Oliver Holt, Arvo Volmer, Roland Boër, Paolo Arrivabeni, Christopher Warren-Green, Eivind Aadland, Ludovic Morlot, David Reiland, Samuel Jean… Her concert repertoire includes Beethoven's 9e Symphony, La Petite Messe solennelle by Rossini, the Alto Rhapsody by Brahms, Das Lied von der Erde and the Kindertotenlieder by Mahler, Roméo et Juliette by Berlioz, Mozart Requiem, the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi, Paulus by Mendelssohn and Bernstein's Mass, Harawi by Messiaen (Brugges Concertgebouw) and a solo recital in Toulouse.
Her first recording “Les Blasphèmes” was released in 2017 (French Art-Song with pianist Maciej Pikulski and Hermès Quartet – label Fuga Libera). She recorded the Zwei Gesänge by Brahms with Lise Berthaud and Eric Lesage, and took part in Le Diable à Paris with the Frivolités Parisiennes Orchestra (label B Records). To be released: an Art-Song disc named SANGS with Elodie Vignon (label Cyprès).
During season 2021-2022, she sings Totoche from Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde by Hervé in Avignon, she takes part in the double-bill Mese Mariano by Giordano / Suor Angelica by Puccini in Liege, respectively in the roles of Suor Pazienza and Suor Zelatrice and takes over the role of Maddalena from Rigoletto also in Liege. She also takes part in many concerts and recitals.
"Un grand sommeil noir" - Ravel
Piano, Maciej Pikulski (CD Fuga Libera)
Alto Rhapsody - Brahms
Belgium National Orchestra, cond. Eivind Aadland (2015)
Recitation n°11 - Aperghis