When a family has been made up of actors and opera singers for generations, then the apple usually doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Although in her youth Alma Sadé didn’t have much to do with music, she was certainly interested in art. In her home city of Tel Aviv, she started out doing some work experience in the props department of the local opera house, going on to work as a stage manager. »I couldn’t read music and was always bored stiff when I went to the opera. But for my job, I had to learn operas by heart. And in the end, I grew to love these works, especially The Magic Flute and Rigoletto!«
Back then, like today, the situation was politically explosive, marked by the fear of war and terrorism. At some point, Alma Sadé went along with her aunt, a designer, to attend a fashion show in New York. »There, for the first time, I experienced a sense of freedom.« Alma Sadé stayed in the city that never sleeps, where she managed to scratch out a living. And eventually, in this new environment, she discovered her own voice. First in jazz, and later in classical singing. And even though she came to singing comparably late, she never let herself be discouraged on her journey. »Back then I thought: it’s okay if my voice isn’t perfect yet. I’m still young!« For four years, she studied at the prestigious Mannes College in New York, and was then offered a position at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf/Duisburg. In her first weeks, she sat in rehearsals and didn’t understand a word. Nowadays, her German is outstanding.
When she went to visit her friend and former ensemble colleague Theresa Kronthaler in Berlin, one of the things they ended up doing was going to the Komische Oper: »We painted Berlin red, danced, laughed, and went to see Ball at the Savoy at the Komische Oper. The performance really moved me, and I knew that I wanted to sing in this city, at this house!« Soon enough, an opportunity arose, when a Zerlina was being sought for Peter Konwitschny’s production of Don Giovanni. Barrie Kosky heard her and invited her to trial for the role. For three years now, she has been a permanent member of the Ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin, about which she says: »I think the Komische Oper is a truly special place. There is a real explosion of creativity here at the moment. I have the feeling that it’s a house for the here and now. That’s what makes it so exciting.«