photo Lorraine Wauters
“Extraordinary, both in her vocal rendition and quasi-cinematographic performance” (Resmusica) “Sarah Defrise, for whom Peter Eötvös created [the role in] his opera Sleepless, excels as the Teenager, generating a multitude of sound characters: rage, resentment, incomprehension, intensity and truth: Her voice can convey it all.” (Opera Online). Belgian soprano Sarah Defrise has quickly established herself as one of the most fascinating young vocal artists enjoying close working relationships with a wide range of contemporary composers.
She won several international prizes and scholarships. Her acting and piano training contributed to her personality and to her eclectic repertoire ranging from chamber music, to operas, recitals with orchestra or solo-voice shows, with a particular taste for XXth Century and contemporary music. She holds a Master in Music from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel and a PhD in the Arts from the Vrije Universitijt Brussel.
Sarah Defrise is exceptional, both in vocal performance and in her almost cinematic incarnation. The young Belgian soprano already noticed internationally, has a transcendent vocality and presence.
Sarah Defrise demonstrated an astounding ease in the high register as well as a very wide vocal range. The audience rightly acclaimed her performance.
If vocal prowess and agility participated in the amazement of the audience, certain moments of pure lyricism revealed the immense sound palette of a magical voice full of panache.