(c) Lara Herbinia
Sarah LAULAN - Contralto
Sarah Laulan is an award-winner at the Queen Elisabeth Competition and the Geneva Competition. Before embracing a career as a contralto, she was trained in drama theatre.
She sang in Toulouse, Liege, Strasbourg, Avignon, Marseille, Montpellier, Massy, Metz, Rouen... such roles as Maddalena (Rigoletto), Carmen, Olga (Evgeny Onegin), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), La Maestra delle Novizie and La Suora Zelatrice (Suor Angelica), Suor Pazienza (Mese Mariano by Giordano), Mrs Quickly (Falstaff), L’Opinion Publique (Orphée aux Enfers), La Périchole, Totoche (Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde), Mistress Bentson (Lakmé) and Gertrude (Roméo et Juliette).
In the contemporary field, she toured with the Berlin-based ensemble "Nico and the Navigators" and also performed original works by Martin Matalon, Matteo Franceschini, Michaël Levinas, Marc Bleuse, Dai Fujikura, at the Paris Philharmonie, Hamburg and Berlin.
She took part in stagings by John Turturro, Eric Ruf, Michel Fau, Olivier Py, Jorge Lavelli, etc. and sang with such conductors as Daniel Oren, Kirill Petrenko, Patrick Fournillier, Giampaolo Bisanti, Paolo Arrivabeni...
From the Capitole in Toulouse to the Concertgebouw in Brugge, she regularly sings recitals (with piano and chamber music ensembles). She sang a Christmas program at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
After her first recording Les Blasphèmes 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 Les Frivolités Parisiennes (both for label B Records) and an Art-Song disc named SANGS with Elodie Vignon (label Cyprès).
A complete artist always aiming at reaching new audiences, she also sings chanson and jazz recitals, she writes and performs her own music-theatre pieces together with with Rémy Poulakis (recorded for the label Chante et tais-toi), she regularly gives masterclasses of theatrical interpretation for singers (Brussels Royal Conservatoire) and since 2021, she is a member of the jury for the Bell'arte International Competition. Besides, Sarah writes poetry and is published by La Tête à l'Envers.
During season 2023-2024, she sings The Innkeeper from Boris Godunov at the Capitole in Toulouse and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Federica from Luisa Miller in Avignon, she takes part in the world premiere of Offering by Benoît Mernier (for contralto and orchestra) with the ensemble Sturm und Klang in Brussels and keeps touring throughout France with her young-audience musical-theater piece Contes Défaits.
"Un grand sommeil noir" - Ravel
Piano, Maciej Pikulski (CD Fuga Libera)
Alto Rhapsody - Brahms
Belgium National Orchestra, cond. Eivind Aadland (2015)
Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde
Aria of the Duchess Totoche : "Fatal Remords..."
Avignon Opera - December 2021