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Sara Hershkowitz is an American coloratura soprano, who made an international career based in Germany. She is known for roles in Mozart and Strauss operas, such as Konstanze, the Queen of the Night, Sophie and Zerbinetta, but also for contemporary music such as Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre.
Hershkowitz was born in Los Angeles, to a family that had lived in Israel before moving to California in the 1960s. She graduated as a B.A. from the Manhattan School of Music. At age 23, she went to Germany, where she studied in Berlin. She was a member of the Theater Bremen from 2007 to 2012. Her first roles there were Venus and Gepopo in Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, staged by Tatjana Gürbaca. In Mozart operas, she has appeared in the title role of Zaide, as Arminda in La finta giardiniera, as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, as Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor and as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte.
She performed the Queen of the Night at the Hamburg State Opera, the Nationaltheater Weimar and the Theater Kiel. In Strauss operas, she appeared as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier in Bremen in 2010, staged by Tobias Kratzer, and she has performed the role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Nordnorsk Opera og Symfoniorkester. She appeared in the title role of Zanaida, a rediscovered opera by Johann Christian Bach. The production with Opera Fuoco was first performed at the Goethe-Theater of Bad Lauchstädt as part of the Bachfest Leipzig in 2011, and again in a concert performance at the Konzerthaus Wien in 2012. She performed the role of Adele in the operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss at the Opéra national de Lorraine. In Offenbach's Hoffmanns Erzählungen, she has performed all beloved women of Hoffmann (Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella) at the Opernhaus Wuppertal.