Sandra Schares was born in Bitburg (Germany) in 1989 and obtained her first musical education on the clarinet. At the age of 17 she attended her first vocal lessons with Ursula Thies (Trier), who introduced her to the opera world.
After high school, Sandra began her Bachelor and Master of Education in maths and music at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, and successfully graduated in 2012. Whilst completing her education degree, Sandra commenced her studies with Cynthia Jacoby at the opera department of the Folkwang Unversity of the Arts, Essen. With a strong passion for Lieder and mélodies, Xaver Poncette (Essen) and Charles Spencer (Vienna) were important influences. In addition Sandra participated in masterclasses working with Martin Wölfel (baroque and contemporary music), Anja Harteros and Thilo Dahlmann.
The young artist was involved in many stage-productions, such as “Dialogues des Carmélites” (Poulenc) and “Suor Angelica” (Puccini). In 2014 Sandra performend as Mrs Grose in Benjamin Brittens “The Turn of the screw”, a production of Helen Malkowsky. In august 2015 Sandra made her debut in “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” at Bad Orb festival, which features highly talented young singers.
Furthermore Sandra is a laureate of the International Masterclass for Belcanto (Doreen DeFeis and James Hooper) and is a scholarship holder from the Dr. Hanns-Simon-Stiftung and the Richard-Wagner-Verband Trier-Luxemburg.
Sandra collaborates regularly with pianist Maren Donner, with whom she performs programmatic recitals, focusing on the romantic and post-romantic period, as well as contemporary repertoire.