Sophie is based between Berlin, Germany and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and currently studies with Jennifer Rowley and Janice Baird. She graduated at the age of only 21 from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is an alumna of the RSAMD Junior Academy and the Scottish Opera Connect programme, as well as a National Opera Studio short course participant. She has sung at the Wigmore Hall as part of the Wigmore Voiceworks programme, the Barbican Centre, Blackheath Halls, and the Cheltenham Festival, and appeared in a live broadcast of an opera gala concert for Spanish television and on BBC Radio 3 In Tune performing excerpts from A Soldier and A Maker. In July 2020, Sophie joined the International Summer Opera of Morelia Young Artist Program to sing Mimi (La Bohème) and Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro) and performed in masterclasses with Ailyn Pérez, David Lomelí, Jennifer Rowley, Abdiel Vásquez and Ragnar Conde. She is the grateful for the support of ISOFOM as the recipient of the largest scholarship offered.

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. In Berlin she has worked to engage new audiences with opera, performing several concerts of arias and scenes in atypical locations with Opera Vino and Cabaret Opera, of which she was the co-organiser. 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.

 

Additionally, her repertoire includes: Mimi (La Bohème), Contessa Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Micaëla (Carmen), Liù (Turandot), Valletto (L'incoronazone di Poppea), Professional Ensemble/Actress (Orfeo ed Euridice), Nurse Drummond/Sybil (A Soldier and A Maker); and in scenes Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), Violetta (La Traviata), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) & Sophie (Werther). Sophie has participated in masterclasses and performance classes with Stefan Loges, Emma Kirkby, Rudolf Piernay, Sarah Walker, Richard Jackson, Laura Sarti, and Adrian Thompson among others.

She is also completing an MA in European Literatures studying at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Sorbonne-Université (Paris IV) and Università Ca' Foscari (Venezia). Sophie is fluent in English, German, French, Italian and Dutch.

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