Belgian soprano Sophie Junker studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and won the 1st prize of the Cesti competition in Innsbruck. Sophie has now established herself both on the concert and opera platforms and performs with the Gabrieli Consort, Early Opera Company, the King’s Consort, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bach Collegium Japan, Innsbruck Festival, Göttingen Festival, Concerto Cophenhagen, Aix en Provence festival Academy, Jordi Savall, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Liège Opera, Opera Lafayette (USA), and Nantes-Angers Opera.
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, OlympiaLes Contes d’Hoffmann, Marzelline Fidelio, Serpetta La Finta Giardiniera, Despina Cosi fan tutte, Atalanta Xerxes, Adina L’Elisir d’Amore, Zdenka Arabella and SophieWerther 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 at Opéra National de Wallonie, Liège, Amour Orphée et Eurydice in Moscow, Proserpine La Déscente d’Orphée aux enfers at the Wigmore Hall with Christian Curnyn, Caio Ottone in Villa in Copenhagen and Euridice in Rameau’s La déscente d’Orphée aux Enfers in Holland with Lionel Meunier.
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, Schumann and Schubert’s recitals for the Oxford Lieder Festival, Bach’s Cantata BWV 201 at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, Handel and Scarlatti Cantatas for the Innsbruck Festival, Couperin’s Trois Leçons and Mass in B minor,St Matthew Passion, Bach’s Hunting Cantata with Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki, which was recorded for BIS.
Sophie’s discography include a recording of Charpentier and Carissimi with La Nuova Musica for Harmonia Mundi, Handel’s Esther with Laurence Cummings at the Göttingen Festival and Bach’s Secular Cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan under Masaaki Suzuki.
Engagements in season 2015/16 include Castor et Pollux with Christian Curnyn in London, Drusilla/Virtu L’incoronazione di Poppea and Melanto/Fortuna ll Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria both with the Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr at the Barbican Centre, in London and Bucharest, a recital at Oxford Lieder with pianist Deirdre Brenner, Cendrillon by Pauline Viardot at Liège Opera, concerts in Denmark with Concerto Copenhagen, St Matthew Passion with McCreesh in Switzerland, her return to Opera Lafayette to perform Cleis in Martini’s Sapho and Hélène in Chabrier’s L’éducation manquée in New York and Washington.
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Sophie Junker features in Carissimi’s Historia de Jephte with Robert Murray (tenor). David Bates conducts La Nuova Musica
HARMONIA MUNDI (2014)
J. S. BACH – Secular Cantatas Vol.2
Includes Hunt Cantata, Sinfonia in F Major and Die Zeit, Die Tag und Jahre macht with Joanne Lunn (soprano), Sophie Junker (soprano), Roderick Williams (baritone) and Bach Collegium Japan conducted by Masaaki Suzuki