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, 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 Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story under the conductor David Miller and, in her final year at the Guildhall, the roles 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 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, Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with The King’s Consort, Caio Ottone in Villa in Copenhagen, Proserpine in Charpentier’s La Déscente d’Orphée aux Enfers at the Wigmore Hall with Christian Curnyn and in the same opera as Euridice in the Netherlands with Lionel Meunier.
In concert she has appeared in Bach’s Cantata BWV 201 at King’s College Chapel (Cambridge), Handel and Scarlatti Cantatas for the Innsbruck Festival, Mass in B minor with The King’s Consort,St Matthew Passion with Wiener Akademie and Bach’s Hunting Cantata with Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki), Schumann and Schubert’s recitals for the Oxford Lieder Festival and in Versailles with Jordi Savall. Most recent engagements include Couperin’s Trois Leçons with Poème Harmonique, Handel’s Messiah at the London Handel Festival, Bach Cantatas with Concerto Copenhagen and Purcell’s King Arthur with Gabrieli Consort as well as with Vox Luminis.
Sophie’s discography includes a recording of Charpentier and Carissimi with La Nuova Musica for Harmonia Mundi, Handel’s Esther with Laurence Cummings at the Göttingen Festival (NDR Kultur) and Bach’s Secular Cantatas (Vol. 2) with Bach Collegium Japan under Masaaki Suzuki (BIS).
Engagements in season 2015/16 include Drusilla/Virtu L’incoronazione di Poppea and Melanto/Fortuna ll Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with the Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr in London and Bucharest, the roles of Pleasure The Choice and Sheba Solomon in as new commission by Toby Young and a recital at Oxford Lieder Festival with Deirdre Brenner. Further engagements include a tour with Concerto Copenhagen, Rameau’s Castor and Pollux with Christian Curnyn, Viardot’s Cendrillon at Liège Opera and B Minor Mass,St Matthew Passion with McCreesh. Sophie will also return to Opera Lafayette as 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