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Sara Jo Benoot

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Sara Jo Benoot

Singer/Mezzo

The Belgian mezzo-soprano Sara Jo Benoot (°1990) started developing a real passion for opera at a very young age.
In 2013 she obtained her Master’s degree in Classical Singing with a specialisation in Opera with Lubov Stuchevskaya and Sabrina Avantario. In 2014 she obtained an additional Master's degree in Music and Voice Teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp.
In the season 2014/2015 Sara Jo made her debut at Opera Flanders in Antwerp and Ghent, where she appeared as Neferneferuaten in Philip Glass's opera Akhnaten with conductor Titus Engel and director Nigel Lowery. The House reinvited her straight away to participate in its Otello (Verdi) as Emilia that was conducted by Alexander Joel and directed by Michael Thalheimer during the actual season 2015/2016.
In May 2015 Sara Jo was a prizewinner at the International Vocal Competition in Žďar nad Sazavou in the Czech Republic.
During the summer of 2015 Sara Jo joined the Integrated Viewpoint Training for Opera Singers at the Maastricht Theatre Academy given by Ludger Engels, Jan van Opstal and Gemma Visser. Subsequently she participated in the masterclass and closing concert of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Academy under the supervision of Silvana Bazzoni Bartoli and eventually went to Salzburg to join the masterclass by Wolfgang Brendel and take part in the concert of the Preisträgerauswahl-Akademie at the famous Mozarteum.
In September 2015 Sara Jo Benoot was selected for the IVC Summer School on Russian Repertoire: a workshop organised by the IVC (International Vocal Competition) in ’s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) in collaboration with the Dutch National Opera and ENOA (European Network of Opera Academies). The workshop completely focused on Russian repertoire and was taught by mezzo-soprano Larissa Diadkova and baritone Sergei Leiferkus, joined by pianist and opera coach Liuba Orfenova, conductor Alexander Humala, and language coach and pianist Irina Sisoyeva.
In October 2015 Sara Jo participated in a masterclass with Christoph Pregardien, organized by deSingel - International Arts Campus in Antwerp (Belgium).
During the previous years, Sara Jo also participated in numerous other masterclasses across Europe. In February and March 2015 she performed at a masterclass with Sarah Walker in The Hague (Netherlands) and a masterclass and closing concert led by Bruno de Simone at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège (Belgium). Furthermore she was selected to take part in Anna Tomowa-Sintow's masterclass at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, was also invited for the course The Architecture of Sound taught by the renowned soprano Montserrat Caballé in Zaragoza (Spain), and participated in the ones given by Mechthild Georg and later Thomas Heyer at the Palazzo Ricci, Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Montepulciano (Italy). Moreover Sara Jo repeatedly attended the Corso Internazionale di Canto e Perfezionamento Vocale with Sabrina Avantario in Pamparato (Italy) organized as part of the Festival dei Saraceni.
Sara Jo enjoyed studying, working or attending masterclasses with other recognized names such as Fiorenza Cossotto, Giovanna Canetti, Koen Kessels, Guy Joosten, Susanne Resmark, Geert Callaert, Jef Smits, Lucienne Van Deyck, Carol Yahr and Dmitri Jurowski.
Sara Jo is supported by the Siaa-Foundation (Liechtenstein), SPES, the Robus Foundation and Inspiratum.
Currently she is enrolled at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels for the Concert Musician Course with the renowned Belgian baritone Lionel Lhote.
Sara Jo Benoot will be a member of the Opera Studio of the Cologne Opera House (Oper Köln) during the season 2016-2017.

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