Sophie Kochanowska is an outstanding young Scottish soprano of “great artistic quality”, highly praised as an actress for the “sheer power” of her performances. In addition to being a fine Mozartian stylist, Sophie particularly excels in the full lyric soprano Slavic and German repertoire which “seems to sing itself in her voice”. This season she will make her Greek and role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Teatro Grattacielo and the Sinfonietta Hellenica under the baton of Maestro Georgios Galanis and she prepared the role of Desdemona in Otello with Sir John Tomlinson, Matthew Jocelyn, Jennifer Condon and David Jones thanks to a scholarship with Stimme, Leib & Seele.
In 2021, Sophie made her Austrian debut as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte with Maestro Toby Purser and the Wiener Festspiele Ensemble and sang Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with the Russian Opera Workshop, and in 2020 she studied Mimi in La Boheme and Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Maestro Abdiel Vásquez at the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia.
She has sung at the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Centre, Blackheath Halls, the Cheltenham Festival, Mozarthaus Wien among other venues, and has appeared in a live opera gala broadcast for Spanish television and on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ performing excerpts from A Soldier and A Maker. In 2021 she was a semifinalist in the Vincerò competition. She has been supported by scholarships from Camerata Bardi International Academy, Vienna Opera Academy, ISOFOM and Stimme, Leib & Seele.
Sophie is a keen advocate of new and rarely performed music and enjoys the curating Lied recitals. Her interest in contemporary music led her to create the role of Ailsa in The Fisherman’s Brides, a new opera by Lucie Treacher performed at the Platform Theatre as part of the 2014 Tête-à-Tête festival, and to give the premiere of upon the heart the ray transfixed by Joel Rust for Wigmore Voiceworks. As a theatre maker, Sophie wrote and directed Winter’s Rages, an exploration of Shakespeare in speech and song, which she performed to critical acclaim in an eleven-show run at The Rose Playhouse, London. She has also worked to engage new audiences with opera in Berlin, performing several concerts of arias and scenes in atypical locations with Opera Vino and Cabaret Opera, of which she was the co-organiser.
She trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and now studies with Jennifer Rowley. Sophie has also sung in masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson, Matthew Jocelyn, Ailyn Pérez, David Lomelì, Ken Benson, Peter Randsman, Stefan Loges, Emma Kirkby, Rudolf Piernay and Sarah Walker among others. Her early repertoire includes, Donna Anna, Micaëla, Liù, Valletto, Nurse Drummond/Sybil (A Soldier and A Maker); and in scenes Elettra, Rosalinde, Servilia, Violetta, Helena & Sophie.
Sophie studied for an MA in European Literatures from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Sorbonne-Université and Università Ca' Foscari and is fluent in English, French, German, Italian and Dutch.