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Belgian soprano Sophie Junker studied at the IMEP (Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie) in Namur, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Sophie is a Samling Scholar and winner of the first prize in the 2010 London Handel Competition and the 2012 International Cesti Competition.
Sophie’s operatic repertoire includes Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Olympia Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Marzelline Fidelio, Serpetta La Finta Giardiniera, Despina Cosi fan tutte, Atalanta Xerxes, Adina L’Elisir d’Amore, Zdenka Arabella and Sophie Werther in scenes, she has also sung the role of Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story under the conductor David Miller. In her final year at the Guildhall she sang the role of Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites and the title role in Donizetti’s Rita.
Operatic roles include Israelite Woman in Handel’s Esther with Laurence Cummings at the Göttingen Festival, the cover of Almirena Rinaldo for the Glyndebourne Festival, Amour in Orphée et Eurydice and Constance Dialogues des Carmélites both with Nantes/Angers Opera, Italian Woman in Charpentier’s Médée for English National Opera , Belinda Dido and Aeneas for the Innsbruck Early Music Festival, Wanda La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein in Opéra National de Wallonie, Liège, Amour Orphée et Eurydice in Moscow, and Proserpine La Déscente d’Orphée aux enfers at the Wigmore Hall with Christian Curnyn.
In concert she has appeared with the “Concorde” orchestra in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, with the Pro Musica orchestra in Handel’s Chandos Anthems, and with the Handel consort in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. She also performs The Fairy Queen as part of the Barbican’s “City sings” concert, Coryphée from Gluck’s Alceste at the Cadogan Hall, a solo recital at the prestigious “Palais des Beaux-arts” in Brussels, a celebration of Schubert’s songs at the Barbican Centre, a recital of Schumann’s lieder for the Oxford Lieder Festival, and Bach’s Cantata BWV 201 at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.
Sophie has also sang with The King’s Consort in performances of Couperin’s Trois Leçons and Mass in B minor on tour in Europe, with Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki in Bach’s Hunting Cantata, which was recorded for BIS. Other engagements have seen Miss Junker with the Wiener Akademie in performances of St Matthew Passion in Vienna and Pamplona
Sophie recently recorded for Harmonia Mundi a CD of Charpentier and Carissimi with La Nuova Musica.
Recent and future plans include Euridice in Rameau’s La déscente d’Orphée aux Enfers in Holland with Lionel Meunier, a small scale project of Der Zauberflöte with Aix-en-Provence Festival, Caio Ottone in Villa in Copenhagen, Handel and Scalatti Cantatas for the Innsbruck Festival, Drusilla and Virtu L’incoronazione di Poppea with the AAM and Richard Egarr at the Barbican Centre, and a re-invitation to Liège Opera to perform Anna Reich Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, King Arthur in Brussels with Lionel Meunier and at the Beaune Festival with Paul McCreesh, Les Lecons des Ténèbres in Versailles, Drusilla and Virtu L’incoronazione di Poppea and Melanto and Fortuna ll Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria both with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr at the Barbican Centre, London and in Bucharest.
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