Sarah Maria Punga graduated with the highest honors from the
Conservatory of Verone where along with voice (with an emphasis on art
songs), she studied piano and classical dance.
She continued her vocal studies at The Europe’s Accademy under the
direction of Carlo Bergonzi, with particular attention to the Verdian
repertory, later continuing her studies in New York and Milan.
Her powerful and wide-ranging voice, united with uncommon stage
presence, has brought her to the most important theaters in the world
where she has collaborated with directors such as Liliana Cavani, Franco
Zeffirelli, Hugo De Ana, Lorenzo Mariani, and Pierluigi Pizzi as well as
conductors such as Alain Lombard, Daniel Oren, Marcello Viotti, Steven
Mercurio, Gianandrea Noseda.
After debuting at a very early age on the stage of Verdi’s theater in
Sassari. Ms. Punga won and was a finalist in many international
competitions: like the television competition conducted by Pippo Baudo
with the big guests like Renato Bruson and Katia Ricciarelli or the first
prize at the international Puccini’s Voice competition in Milan, which
brought her to the attention of the critics and public, opening important
She is an ideal interpreter of Carmen; in fact, the morning after her
debut, the newspapers commented: "Never was Carmen so sensual and
She has performed Carmen with great success in numerous productions,
at theaters including: The Arena of Verone (directed by Zeffirelli and
conducted by A. Lombard), the Perelada Festival (directed by Calisto
Bieto and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda), Antwerp (televised), Rome
(in a recording for Radio3), in Sofia for the inauguration of the Music Festival Palace of Culture (also televised), Mexico City, in Bellinzona
Festival, in Russia,in Graz Austria in Avenches Festival (Swiss) and in
China Shanghai for the televised opening of The Arts Festival, directed
by the celebrated Zhang Yimou of the Raise The Red Lantern.
Ms. Punga's repertory includes many of the great mezzo soprano roles.
In response to her Amneris (very important role in Verdi’s Aida), a role
she has interpreted several times, some critics described "A golden
voice of Amneris " "a lesson in art," and "monumental singing."
Productions of particular interest have been: The Arena of Verone
directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi and conducted by Daniel Oren, The Avenches
Festival, the Verdi’s Festival directed by Franco Zeffirelli, Theater
Comunale of Florence directed by Lorenzo Mariani, Amsterdam directed
by Ionesco, Geneve and The Cairo Festival at The Pyramids.
She has also interpreted the role of the gipsy Azucena to public and
critical acclaim. The critics described a "sublime interpreter of Azucena"
and "a great success for Sarah M. Punga, splendid in the role of
Other productions were at the Theater Massimo Bellini of Catania and
at the Festival of Avenches which was recorded for Radio Suisse.
Further roles in her repertory are: Fenena, which she performed at the
Arena of Verone, directed by Hugo De Ana and conducted by Daniel
Oren, at the Festival of Avenches, and in Spain;
as well as the role of Maddalena, which she performed at the Arena of
Verone (DVD RAITRADE cast Nucci, Mula,Machado directed by Roubau
and conducted by Viotti) and in three more productions at the Theater
Carlo Felice in Genoa; As Olga in Evgeni Onegin, she performed at
Verdi’s Theater in Trieste where she won an award for artist of the
In Cavalleria Rusticana, she performed at the Liric Theater of Cagliari,
The Theater Massimo of Palermo, the Theater Comunale of Bologna and
toured in Japan with the director Liliana Cavani. In Cavalleria, she also
toured Finland in Savonlinna Festival (directed by Lorenzo Mariani and
conducted by Donato Renzetti); Other roles include the Princess Aunt in
Suor Angelica, Verdi's Requiem, Princess Eboli, Dalila, Bouillon’s Princess
of Adriana Lecouvreur, Laura and La Cieca of Ponchielli’s Gioconda,
Ulrica of Ballo in Maschera, Charlotte of Werther and Federica of Luisa
Miller (DVD Bongiovanni). Upcoming roles include Carmen in Mexico and
Cavalleria in Peru, Ulrica of Ballo in Maschera at Grange Park London,
Cavalleria Rusticana and Rigoletto at theater of Salerno and Giocaste at
theater Comunale of Firenze.
Upcoming soon her first CD solo.
"Mai Carmen è stata tanto sensuale e seducente..."
"Une Amneris à la voix d'or..." B.Sansonnens
"La mezzo Sarah M.Punga est une "monument vocale"" M.Huvet
"Estupenda voz la de Fenena, una solista que es una leccion de arte..." E.Genè
"Una cantante fresca, spontanea non solo sul terreno vocale, ma anche piu' altamente drammatico..." G.Villani
"Gros succès pour Sarah M.Punga, splendide dans le role D'Azucena"