Sophie Bevan


Sophie Bevan studied at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School where she was awarded the Queen Mother Rose Bowl Award.

Her operatic roles include Polissena Radamisto, Yum Yum Mikado, Telair in Rameau’s Castor&Pollux, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen; Ninetta La gazza ladra. Sophie made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as the Woodbird in Wagner’s Siegfried and returned as Pamina, Ilia, Susanna and Antigone Oedipe. She sang her first Governess The Turn of the Screw in Aldeburgh and Michal Saul in her debut at the Glyndebourne Festival, Pamina in her debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid and Beatriz in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel in her debut at the Salzburg Festival.

Conductors she has worked with include Andris Nelsons, Edward Gardner, Sir Antonio Pappano, Laurence Cummings, Harry Christophers, Phillipe Herreweghe, Sir Neville Marriner, Ivor Bolton, Daniel Harding, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Mark Elder and Sir Charles Mackerras with orchestras that include the BBC Symphony, Royal Swedish Symphony and Scottish Chamber Orchestras; the Hallé, the Sao Paulo State Symphony, and the Britten Sinfonia. Her concert repertoire includes Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Creation, Mozart’s and Brahms’ Requiem, C Minor Mass and Exsultate Jubilate, Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passion, and Britten’s Les illuminations and Spring Symphony. She made her US debut in Messiah with the Handel&Haydn Society, Boston.

She is a noted recitalist and has performed at the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal with Malcom Martineau and made her Wigmore Hall recital debut with Sebastian Wybrew to critical acclaim. Sophie has also appeared at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and Tanglewood Festivals.

Engagements this season include concerts with the Bayerische Rundfunk, Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Hallé and the CBSO. She will return to Covent Garden as Sophie in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier and as Beatriz in The Exterminating Angel. She will also create the role of Hermione in the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth’s A Winter’s Tale for ENO and will sing Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Aldeburgh Music. Further future engagements include a return to Teatro Real, Madrid and her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Sophie was the recipient of the 2010 Critics’ Circle award for Exceptional Young Talent. She was nominated for the 2012 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and was the recipient of The Times Breakthrough Award at the 2012 South Bank Sky Arts Awards and the Young Singer award at the 2013 inaugural International Opera Awards.

Updated on 07 february 2017

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