Sophie Daneman has enjoyed a long and distinguished career on both the opera and concert stage. An accomplished recitalist Sophie has appeared at many of the world’s major venues including the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall, and her extensive discography includes lieder recordings for EMI and many with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. Following her staging of the 2013 Le Jardin des voix for Les Arts Florissants, Sophie’s career has diversified and she recently directed a double bill of Rameau’s La naissance d’Osiris and Daphnis et Églé for Théatre de Caen.
Sophie Daneman studied at the Guildhall School of Music with Johanna Peters and has established an international reputation in a wide ranging repertoire. An accomplished recitalist, Sophie Daneman has appeared at many of the world’s major recital venues, including the Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Musikverein, Vienna, and Carnegie Hall.
Her opera engagements have included Rodelinda in the Netherlands, Arianna, Cleopatra Giulio Cesare and Dalila Samson for the Göttingen Handel Festival, and an acclaimed Mélisande for the Opéra Comique. She has sung Servilia La Clemenza di Tito with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Euridice in Haydn’s L’Anima del Filosofo for the Opéra de Lausanne, Euridice in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Dido and Aeneas at the Bavarian State Opera, title role Theodora with William Christie in New York, Paris and Salzburg and Bernstein’s Wonderful Town and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro for Grange Park Opera. Sophie appeared in the staged productions of Tod Machover’s Skellig at The Sage, Gateshead and sang Phedre in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie for the Nationale Reisopera.
Sophie has toured extensively with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, as well as performing with Sir Neville Marriner, Gérard Lesne, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Phillipe Herreweghe, Ivor Bolton and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. She has sung Handel’s Apollo e Dafne at the Maggio Musicale, L’Allegro with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared with the Halle Handel Festival, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Rias Kammerchor, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She performed Schoenberg’s Quartet Op. 10 with the Tokyo String Quartet in Valencia and Madrid.
Sophie Daneman’s many recordings include the title roles in Handel’s Rodelinda with Nicholas Kraemer (Virgin Classics), Theodora and Acis and Galatea (Gramophone award, Best Baroque Vocal recording 2000) with William Christie (Erato), Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa with Richard Hickox (Chandos) and three volumes of Mendelssohn Lieder with Nathan Berg and Eugene Asti (Hyperion). For EMI she has recorded Schumann lieder with Julius Drake, and a disc of Noel Coward songs, alongside Ian Bostridge. She has made numerous recordings with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, including Rameau Grands Motets (Gramophone award, Best Baroque Vocal recording 1995) and Les Fêtes d’Hébé (Gramophone award, Early Opera 1998).
Recent concert engagements include recitals for the BBC and appearances with De Doelen Rotterdam, the Lufthansa Baroque Festival and with Tafelmusik in Toronto, a concert of Charpentier at the Wigmore Hall, a joint recital at Temple Church with Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake and settings of Goethe and Schiller at the Oxford Lieder Festival.
Following the success Sophie had staging the 2013 tour for Les Art Florissants’ Le Jardin des voix programme with dates in Paris, Versaille, New York, Helsinki, Madrid and Barcelona, Sophie recently directed a double bill of Rameau’s La naissance d’Osiris and Daphnis et Églé for Théatre de Caen with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, with performances in Caen, Luxembourg, Dijon, London and Paris. Future engagements include staging the 2015 tour for Les Jardin des Voix, a Schumann recital at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, and a recording project of seventeenth-century music entitled Masque of Moments with Theatre of the Ayre for Linn Records. Next season Sophie will assist Stephen Langridge on his production of Theodora for Théâtre des Champs Élysées.
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