French/Cypriot soprano Sarah Aristidou was a member of the International Opera Studio of Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden through the 2018/19 season, during which time her roles included Première Servante de Dircé in Cherubini’s Médée under Daniel Barenboim and Grande Prêtresse de Diane/Une Matelote in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie under Sir Simon Rattle, alongside Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) and Taumännchen (Hänsel und Gretel).
Aristidou’s professional debut came in 2016 as Offenbach’s Eurydice (Orphée aux enfers) at the Angers Nantes Opéra, where she was immediately reinvited as part of Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier’s new production of L‘incoronazione di Poppea under the baton of Gianluca Capuano. She has since twice been nominated as “Best Newcomer” in the Opernwelt Yearly Reviews for her interpretations of Franziska in Christian Jost’s Die arabische Nacht (2016) and as Soprano Coloratura in Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (2019).
Sarah created the role of Shoko in the world premiere of Thomas Larcher’s Das Jagdgewehr at the Bregenzer Festspiele (with Ensemble Modern and Michael Boder) followed by performances at Aldeburgh Festival (Knussen Chamber Orchestra under Ryan Wigglesworth) to unanimous critical acclaim, “captur[ing] the adolescent rage of Shoko while mastering Larcher’s virtuosic demands.” (Financial Times, August 2018). Some other recent performance highlights include a debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker (A “Late Night” with Edgard Varèse, conducted by François-Xavier Roth), Maïma (Offenbach’s Barkouf) at Oper Köln, La Vierge in Honneger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Soprano (Into the Little Hill) with the Münchener Kammerorchester, a concert with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Matthias Pintscher and St. John’s Passion, also with François-Xavier Roth at Kölner Philharmonie with the Gürzenich Orchestra.
Compositions specially written for Sarah Aristidou include Aribert Reimann’s Cinq fragments lyriques (performed at Berliner Philharmonie with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Robin Ticciati) and Jörg Widmann’s Labyrinth IV (premiered by the Boulez Ensemble, conducted by Daniel Barenboim).
Current season plans include a début at Dutch National Opera in Das Jagdgewehr, Feldman’s Neither at Salzburger Festspiele under Ilan Volkov, and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 with Alan Gilbert at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.