"Never has Carmen been so sensual and seductive" - A. Bazzano, Lo Spettatore.
Italian mezzo-soprano Sarah M'Punga’s powerful voice and mesmerizing on-stage presence are widely recognised by the world of international opera. A renowned Verdi interpreter, she has appeared on many of the world’s major theatre stages, and has worked with some of the leading directors (Liliana Cavani, Franco Zeffirelli, Hugo De Ana, Lorenzo Mariani, Pierluigi Pizzi) and conductors (Gianandrea Noseda, Alain Lombard, Daniel Oren, Marcello Viotti, Steven Mercurio) in the opera industry.
Sarah studied singing, piano and ballet from a young age and graduated with honours from the Conservatory of Verona. She continued to study voice at The AMER Academy (with the contribution of the European Social Fund) under the direction of tenor Carlo Bergonzi, with further training in Milan and New York. She was the winner of the Voci Pucciniane Competition in Milan and a finalist in a televised singing competition conducted by Pippo Baudo, which brought her to the attention of critics and audiences worldwide.
Known for her sensual interpretation of Bizet’s Carmen, Sarah has performed the role to great critical acclaim in some of the most important productions to date, including Arena di Verona (directed by Zeffirelli and conducted by Lombard), Perelada Festival, Spain (conducted by Noseda, directed by Calisto Bieto); Antwerp, Belgium (live television and film production), Festival of Bellinzona, Switzerland, and Festival of Avenches, Switzerland to name a few.
Her wide repertoire includes some the most important operas such as: Aida, Il Trovatore, Nabucco, Rigoletto, Evgenij Onegin, Cavalleria Rusticana, Don Carlo, Verdi’s Requiem, Samson and Dalila, Adriana Lecouvreur, La Gioconda, Ballo di Maschera, Werther, Luisa Miller, etc.
In addition to theatre work, Sarah has recorded multiple CDs, including "Ave Maria (for two voices)" with music by various composers (Halidon Music), as well as various croossover projects, such as the release of the first CD single "Lascia ch'io pianga", and the very popular CD "Crossover Duets" with tenor Stefano Secco.
In July 2019, Sarah was made an honorary member and ambassador of culture of the I.S.P.A.C. (the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Arts and Culture) and during the 2020-21 pandemic period, together with tenor Stefano Secco, has launched a series of thirty web broadcasts titled "Waiting for Christmas", "Waiting for New Year" and "Let's have fun together" featuring numerous distinguished guests in the field of art and music.