Sophie Bevan studied at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School where she was awarded the Queen Mother Rose Bowl Award.
Her operatic roles for English National Opera include Polissena Radamisto, Yum Yum Mikado, Telair in Rameau’s Castor&Pollux and her first Sophie Der Rosenkavalier. For Welsh National Opera she has sung Pamina and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen; for Garsington Opera she performed her first Susana; for the Opéra de Lyon she has performed the soprano solos in Deborah Warner’s production of the Messiah; and Ninetta in Rossini’s La gazza ladra for Oper Frankfurt. Sophie made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as the Woodbird in Wagner’s Siegfried and returned as Pamina and Ilia. She sang Michal Saul in her debut at the Glyndebourne Festival.
Conductors she has worked with include Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, Edward Gardner, Sir Antonio Pappano, Laurence Cummings, Ryan Wigglesworth, Harry Christophers, Harry Bicket, Phillipe Herreweghe, Sir Neville Marriner, Ivor Bolton, Daniel Harding, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Mark Elder and Sir Charles Mackerras with orchestras that include the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic , BBC Symphony, Royal Swedish Symphony and Scottish Chamber Orchestras; the Hallé, the Gabrieli Consort&Players, The Sixteen, and the Britten Sinfonia. Her concert repertoire includes Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Creation, Handel’s Samson and Messiah, Mozart’s and Brahms’ Requiem, C Minor Mass and Exsultate Jubilate, Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passion, Purcell’s King Arthur and The Fairy Queen 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 and beyond include Susana and Antigone Oedipe at Covent Garden; her first Governess The Turn of the Screw in Aldeburgh; concerts with the Sao Paulo State Symphony, CBSO, Handel&Haydn Society, the Hallé and recitals at the Wigmore Hall; Pamina for the Teatro Real, Madrid; her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Beatrice in the world première of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel; 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.
Photo Credit: Sussie Ahlburg