Sara Blanch

Let's not forget that we are making art and that we have to be as real as possible if we want to convey the essence of our soul and share emotions through music.


by Alice Lechner
July 30, 2023
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It is our great pleasure to share with you the story of one of the rising stars of the international opera panorama, an artist & a person full of joie de vivre - the soprano Sara Blanch, throughout an exclusive interview by Alice Lechner. Our questions found Sara in the middle of the rehearsals for her role debut as Zenobia in Aureliano in Palmira at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. She shared with us her first impressions of opera, the beginning of her career, the challenges of singing opera, her passions behind the stage, but also her house debut at the legendary Teatro alla Scala as Tibrino in Antonio Cesti’s L’Orontea.


The lyrical-light soprano, born in Darmos (Tarragona), entered the world of art with dance (classical and Spanish), piano and choral singing. At the age of 14 she began her singing studies and, at 16, she made her first appearance in a contemporary opera at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (TNC). Since then, she continued her training until obtaining a degree in Singing and Interpretation at the Liceu Conservatory of Barcelona.  The soprano made her operatic debut in 2013 at the Rossini Opera Festival, playing the role of Folleville (Il Viaggio a Reims).  After having won recognition in several competitions, highlighting the "Concurs Internacional de Cant Montserrat Caballé" (Audience Awaed- 2014), the "Josep Mirabent i Magrans de Sitges" (2015) and the contest "Tenor Viñas" (2016), where he obtained eight awards, we have been able to follow in their footsteps in various renowned theaters and festivals, such as the Gran Teatro del Liceu (Barcelona), the Teatro Real (Madrid), Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid), the Teatro Campoamor (Oviedo), the Teatro Regio (Torino, Italy), the Teatro Verdi (Salerno, Italy), the Teatro de la Maestranza (Seville), the Palau de la Música (Barcelona), the Tchaikovsky Theater (Perm, Russia), the Palau de les Arts (València), the Castell de Peralada Festival (Peralada), the Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg, Àustria), the Teatro del Maggio Musicale (Firenze), Circo Massimo Opera di Roma, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Roma), the Músiques en Fête (Théâtre Antique de Orange, France), Fauteuils d'Orquestre (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France), Rossini in Wildbad (Bad-Wildbad, Germany), Donizetti Opera Festival (Bergamo, Italia) etc. Sara Blanch has already performed more than 27 operatic roles, of which the most notable are Norina (Don Pasquale), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Matilde (Matilde di Shabran), Fiorilla (Il turco in Italia), Amina (La Sonnambula), Königin der nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Adèle (Le compte Ory), Ophélie (Hamlet), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Anne (The Rake’s Progress), Marie (La Fille dú Rériment), among others. In addition, her operatic activity is combined with an important concert activity, also passing through the oratorio, the song and the recital. Soon we will be able to hear the soprano at the Rossini Opera Festival, (Pesaro, Italia), Teatro Real (Madrid), Teatro Comunale (Bologna), the  Wiener Staatsoper (Viena), Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Roma), Palau de la Musica Catalana (Barcelona), the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) and the Opera de Lausanne (Suiza), among others. 

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Dear Sara, thank you for accepting our invitation! It’s such a pleasure to meet and talk with you! You recently began rehearsing at the Rossini Opera Festival for Aureliano in Palmira. How are the rehearsals going? What can you tell us about this edition of the Festival?  Rehearsals are going very well. Aureliano in Palmira is […]

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Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

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