Olivia Saragosa

Olivia Saragosa

Mezzo-Soprano

Contralto/Mezzo-Soprano
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2016Die drei MusketiereKönigin Anne
2016Mozart: Die Zauberflöte3. Dame
2016Cilea: Adriana LecouvreurMme. Dangeville
2016Bizet: CarmenMercedes
2016Bach J. S. Cantata BWV 182Alto soloist
2016Bach J. S. Tilge Höchster BWV 1083Alto solo
2016Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama)Governess
2015Wagner: Die WalküreRossweise
2015Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelHänsel
2015Mozart: Cosi fan tutteDorabella
2006Verdi: RigolettoMaddalena

Bio

Olivia Saragosa was born in Toronto, Canada. She has been a resident soloist of Oper Halle since the 2014/2015 season. In the 2015/2016 season she is participating in 10 productions of opera, musical & children’s opera. Her operatic roles include Hansel in HANSEL & GRETEL, Mme. Dangeville & Principessa de Bouillon (Understudy) in ADRIANA LECOUVREUR, Rossweiße in WALKÜRE, 3rd Lady in ZAUBERFLÖTE & Curra & Preziosilla (Understudy) in LA FORZA DEL DESTINO. Her musical theatre roles include Queen Anne in the German first premiere of George Stiles’ THE THREE MUSKETEERS, Rosalia/Somewhere Girl in WEST SIDE STORY & Mrs. Darling in PETER PAN. She is also the Opera Diva/Juggler in the children’s opera SID, THE SERPENT WHO WANTED TO SING. Olivia first appeared at Oper Halle as a guest in 2011 in the role of Madame Flora in THE MEDIUM. Further guest engagements followed at Oper Halle, in the roles of Hansel, Rossweiße & 3rd Lady.  Parallel to her appearances in Halle she performed Bejlja in WIR GRATULIEREN! by Weinberg at Konzerthaus Berlin in 2012/2013. The premiere was recorded and broadcasted by Deutschlandradio Kultur. In June 2013 & 2014 she performed Dorabella in COSÌ FAN TUTTE at the Hofoper in Jena. In January 2014 she received 2nd prize in the Competition of the "Gesellschaft der Freunde der Staatskapelle Halle". She sang Carmen in the prizewinners' concert with the Staatskapelle under the direction of GMD Josep Caballé-Domenech.  Previous singing engagements have lead her to theatres across German, such as Stadttheater Bremerhaven (full-time ensemble member), Theater Bremen, Konzerthaus Berlin, Opera Halle, Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein, Hebbel Theater Berlin, Theater Hagen, Theater Görlitz, Theater Lüneburg, Theater Brandenburg and Hans-Otto-Theater Potsdam. She debuted in Italy as Carmenwith International Studio Meran. In Canada she has been seen in performances with Opera in Concert and with the Ukrainian Choir Vesnivka.  Her sung repertoire includes Carmen, the Rossini heroines Isabella, Rosina and Cenerentola, Offenbach's La Périchole & Boulottein BLUEBEARD, Handel's Cornelia in GIULIO CESARE & Disinganno in IL TRIONFO DEL TEMPO E DEL DISINGANNO, Gluck's Orfeo, Prince Orlofsky in FLEDERMAUS, Kurt Weill's Anna in DIE SIEBEN TODSÜNDEN & Verdi roles Maddalena in RIGOLETTO and Fenena in NABUCCO.  Olivia Saragosa is also active as a concert soloist in works such as Bach's CHRISTMAS ORATORIO, Beethoven's 9th SYMPHONY, Handel's MESSIAH, Mozart REQUIEM, Verdi REQUIEM and Dvorák STABAT MATER singing with the Staatskapelle Halle, Staatskapelle Schwerin, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Saxony-Anhalt, the Academic Orchestra of the Martin-Luther University, among others. She received a stipend from the Richard-Wagner-Verband Bremen in 2007. After her Masters' degree in voice performance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2000 she participated in masterclasses with Ks. Brigitte Fassbaender and Ks. Marjana Lipovšek. She completed her Concert Exam (Artist's Diploma) in 2014 and a Master in Voice and Vocal Pedagogy in 2012 at the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg with Professor Monika Meier-Schmid. Since October 2013, Olivia Saragosa has been a vocal pedagogue at the Martin-Luther University and with the Childrens' and Youth Choir of the Oper Halle.
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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Die drei Musketiere Königin Anne Immediately Oper Halle 2016
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte 3. Dame Immediately Oper Halle 2016
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur Mme. Dangeville Immediately Oper Halle 2016
Bizet: Carmen Mercedes Immediately Oper Halle 2016
Bach J. S. Cantata BWV 182 Alto soloist Immediately Oper Halle 2016