Sonja Maria Westermann

"Sonja Westermann [...] creates a believable Margarethe to whom she gives both spirit and soul. Her attractive, multifaceted soprano reflects the different faces of this young girl from trusting innocence to love in the face of death. Westermann also possesses the necessary vocal stamina for such an immense role."

Sonja Maria Westermann studied with Prof. Ingrid Haubold and Prof. Leandra Overmann at the music colleges in Karlsruhe and Würzburg and afterwards with Beatrice Bianco in Bologna. She attended master classes of Prof. Cheryl Studer, Laurence Dale, Gianluca Zampieri and Maris Skuja. In 2011 she was a finalist at the International Singing Competition of the Festival City of Passau and a 2017 scholarship holder of the Richard Wagner Verband.

In 2013 she made her debut as Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), followed by the role of Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) at the Schlossfestspiele Zwingenberg. As part of the Wagner anniversary in Leipzig she sang the Third Norn and Woglinde (Götterdämmerung) under the baton of David Timm. In 2014 she was engaged as Helmwige (Die Walküre) at the Tiroler Festspiele in Erl under the baton of Gustav Kuhn.

Since the season 2014/15, the soprano is a permanent member of the ensemble Plauen-Zwickau and sings key parts of her profession, such as Contessa di Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Margarethe in Gounod's Faust, the Kurfürstin (Der Vogelhändler) and Madame Pompadour in the eponymous operetta by Leo Fall. Her vocal beauty, her colorful versatility and her joy in playing are also appreciated in the operetta.

In the season 2015/16 Sonja Maria Westermann debuted as Luisa Miller at the Plauen-Zwickau Theater and returned as Rosalinde to the Staatsoperette Dresden. In 2017/18 she developed Desdemona in Rome, as well as Sieglinde, Agathe, Tosca, Leonora and Ariadne. In 2018/19 she returned to the Staatsoperette Dresden as Contessa Almaviva and with her debut as 1. Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and impressed with her debut as Amelia (Un Ballo in maschera). 2019/20 follows her debut as Fidelio-Leonore.

Her versatile repertoire includes in the concertante area amongst others Bach's Johannispassion, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Medelssohn's Lobgesang, Bizet's Te Deum, Dvorak's Biblical Songs, Orff's Carmina Burana, Mozart's Requiem and the Vesperae solennes de confessore, Haydn's Creation, Brahms's Deutsches Requiem, Verdi's Massa da Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony which she already interpreted in the Gewandhaus Leipzig.

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