SARAH JOHANNSEN has received recognition for her supreme vocal talent and dramatic communication through various accolades and prizes, especially from the George London Foundation.
Along with singing lead roles in lesser well known works such as Fauré's Pénélope, Dukas' Ariane und Barbe-bleue, Zandonai's Romeo und Giulietta) and other roles of standard repertoire (Turandot, Tosca) and Ariadne, Miss Johannsen has concentrated on German repertoire and roles in the dramatic Fach.
In many productions, Miss Johannsen has sung therole of Senta in The Flying Dutchman to great success. She sang her debut in the role for Theater Hof in the original complete version and for her performance the wellknown magazine, Opernwelt especially noted that she "... knew how to perfectly interpreted the Ballade". Miss Johannsen has received many invitations to repeat her success in the role: in Rome, Braunschweig, Bremerhaven and at the Eutiner Summer Festival. In Bremerhaven, she sang her highly praised debut as Elektra. She has sung other engagements of Elektra including in Verona, where she was the second cast to Hildegard Behrens as well as in Darmstadt, Oldenburg and Mannheim.
Miss Johannsen sang her first Isolde in Carnegie Hall in an open General rehearsal with Eve Queler and the Opera Orchestra of New York. Her stage debut in the role was in Oldenburg. Miss Johannsen was also covered Waltraut Meier in the role in the highly publicized Peter Sellars/Bob Viola/Esa-Pekka Salonen production of Tristan und Isolde for the Opera Bastille in Paris.
One of the high points of her career has been performing all the Brünnhildes, which she has sung to great praise in Augsburg, Chemnitz, Magdeburg, Oldenburg as well as the complete Ring Cyle in Braunschweig.
Miss Johannsen has also been featured as a concert soloist. Among the most important of the works she has sung are: Strauss Four Last Songs, Wagner Wesendonck Lieder, Mahler Rückert Lieder, Ravel Shéhérezade, Berlioz Les Nuit díÉté, and the Verdi Requiem.
Sarah Johannsen is a member of "Duo Aljana". The "Duo Aljana" specializes in concert programs that are oriented to a special theme.
They have presented their programs to great acclaim in orchestra concerts as well as vocal recitals with various instruments all over Europe.
For more information please see: www.duoaljana.com
"Powerful in the opening Monologue, crowned with a 'kingly' high C, differentiating and precise in the diction in the dialogue with the Sister and Mother, totally intense and breathtaking piani also in the high register in the Recognition Scene,full of energy and unbroken vocal presence until the end of the soaring Finale - a singing accomplishment for which one may congratulate Bremerhaven"
"With Sarah Johannsen as Brünnhilde every scene wins a high dramatic intensity and carrying power, but also, and not less moving, moments of quiet composure, lyrical expression, and cantabile beauty"
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