French-American soprano, Sandra Hamaoui, has been praised for her “homogenous and flexible voice of fine velvet” in addition to her “musicality and finesse of expression” (El Pais Uruguay). Described as “heartfelt” and “prodigious” (Voce di Meche), her true talent lies not just in her effortless vocal technique and musicality, but also in her ability to fully captivate her audience.
As a member of the ensemble at Opernhaus Zürich, Ms. Hamaoui makes several notable role debuts in 2021/22: as Gilda / Rigoletto, Susanna / Nozze di Figaro, Constance in a new production of Les Dialogues des Carmélites, and Nanetta / Falstaff under the baton of music director Gianandrea Noseda. She also made her debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris as Lisa / Sonnambula.
During the 2022/23 season she will be Alice in the world premiere of Alice in Wonderland, Susanna / Nozze di Figaro, Lisette / La Rondine in Zurich, Juliette / Roméo et Juliette in Geneva and Montreux.
Prior to her appointment as an ensemble member, Ms. Hamaoui collaborated several times with Opernhaus Zürich, first debuting as Gretel in a new production of Hänsel und Gretel by Robert Carsen under the batons of Fabio Luisi and Markus Poschner. Previously, Ms. Hamaoui was a member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she sang the roles of Pamina / Die Zauberflöte and Ninette / L’Amour des trois oranges, among many others.
Ms. Hamaoui has also performed as the title character in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute and as Adina in L’Elisir d’amore with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at the Kennedy Center.
The recipient of numerous awards, Ms Hamaoui was a National Semi-Finalist in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and first place winner in the New England Regional Finals; she has also been awarded Top Prize, Audience Favorite, and the Irene Patti Memorial Award from Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patronesses of The Opera Vocal Competition… Additionally, she was the recipient of scholarships from Fondation des Treilles, The Opera Foundation, The Schuyler Foundation, and the Henry & Maria Holt Memorial Fund.
Her Bachelor of Music degree was completed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2015. She is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish, and she speaks conversational German.
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