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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, Télaïre in Rameau’s Castor & Pollux, the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen and 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, Antigone Oedipe and Sophie in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier. She sang her first Governess The Turn of the Screw in Aldeburgh and returned as Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She made her debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Michal Saul and sang Pamina in her debut at the Teatro Real Madrid, where she recently returned for Lady Rich Gloriana. She performed the role of Beatriz in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel in her debut at the Salzburg Festival and also the Metropolitan Opera and created the role of Hermione in the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth’s A Winter’s Tale for ENO.

Conductors she has worked with include Andris Nelsons, Edward Gardner, Sir Antonio Pappano, Laurence Cummings, Harry Christophers, Philippe 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 Malcolm 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 and beyond include Melisande Pelleas et Melisande at the Dresden Semperoper, Freia Das Rheingold for Teatro Real Madrid, Governess The Turn of the Screw for Garsington Opera, Handel's Solomon at the Royal Opera House and returns to English National Opera as well as Brahams’ Requiem with the Bergen Philharmonic, Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder with the Philharmonia and a tour of Handel's Messiah with the Britten Sinfonia.

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.

Last updated: Jul 2019