The Dutch soprano, Faridah Schäfer-Subrata, was born in the Netherlands of an Indonesian father and an Austrian mother. She was educated in Switzerland, studying at the Zürich Conservatory under Rudolf Hartmann and Peter Rasky, and later joined the Zürich International Opera Studio.
Faridah Schäfer-Subrata began her professional career while still a student, achieving considerable success in Schwetzingen in a production of Scarlatti’s Il Trionfo dell’ Onore, which was widely broadcast. In 1987 she won First Prize in the Verviers International Opera Competition and has appeared in major opera houses throughout Europe as well as on European television. A lyric mezzo-soprano, her repertoire ranges from the Baroque, in particular the alto solos in the Bach Passions and Masses, to Lieder, oratorio and stage roles that include Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Cherubino and Orlovsky, as well as first performances of a number of contemporary works.