Born into a family of artists, Sandra Maxheimer studied singing at the University of Music in Lübeck from where she received her diploma and subsequently engaged in postgraduate studies in opera singing with distinction. She also received significant artistic influences in master classes with Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Matthias Goerne, Irwin Gage, and Grace Bumbry.
Her first fixed contracts brought her to Theater Lübeck (2007-2009), Landesbühnen Sachsen (2009/10) and Opernhaus Halle (2010-2015). In 2011 she was awarded a scholarship by the Richard-Wagner-Verband Halle.
Sandra Maxheimer has been a member of the Leipzig Opera since the 2015/16 season. As a guest, she has appeared at numerous opera houses such as Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, and Oper Kiel, in a performance of St. John’s Passion staged by Robert Wilson at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. She has further sung in multiple productions at the Staatsoperette Dresden as well as Theater Lübeck, where she appeared in Anthony Pilavachis’ acclaimed production of Wagner’s Ring, which is available on DVD and won an Echo Award in 2012. Concert tours have taken her to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Ljubljana, among others.
Her choice roles include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Bradamante in Alcina, Matilda in Händel’s Ottone, re di Germania, Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Maddalena in Rigoletto and Hänsel in Hänsel and Gretel.
Maxheimer’s concert repertoire features numerous great choral works of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, including Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and St. Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elias, or Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.
Sandra Maxheimer has worked with such conductors as Marcus Creed, Kent Nagano, Matthias Foremny, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Aleksandar Markovic, Rolf Beck, Roman Brogli-Sacher, or Philippe Bach. Stage directors include Anthony Pilavachi, Hansgünther Heyme, Franziska Severin, Axel Köhler, Wolfgang Dosch, Michael McCaffery, and Robert Wilson.