"Sophie Junker was in gorgeous voice... singing with strength, subtlety and supreme confidence, and a palpable sense of enjoyment"
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Belgian soprano Sophie Junker studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and won 1st prize of the Cesti competition in Innsbruck as well as 1st prize in the London Handel Competition. 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 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 and the title role in Donizetti’s Rita.
Further roles include Israelite Woman in Handel’s Esther with Laurence Cummings at the Göttingen Festival, Amour Orphée et Eurydice under the baton of Andreas Spering and Constance Dialogues des Carmélites with Jacques Lacombe, both with Nantes/Angers Opera, Italian Woman in Charpentier’s Médée for English National Opera with Christian Curnyn, Belinda Dido and Aeneas at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival, Wanda La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein at Opéra Royal Liège de Wallonie with Cyril Englebert), Proserpine La Déscente d’Orphée aux enfers at Wigmore Hall, Caio Ottone in Villa, Euridice in Rameau’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers in Holland with Lionel Meunier as well as numerous concerts with Concerto Copenhagen and Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
More recently, Sophie has performed Phoebe Castor et Pollux (Curnyn) in London, Drusilla/Virtu L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Melanto/Fortuna ll Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with the Academy of Ancient Music (Egarr) at the Barbican Centre, title role Cendrillon by Pauline Viardot with Opera Royal de Liège Wallonie, and St Matthew Passion (McCreesh) in Switzerland. Sophie also performed with Opera Lafayette singing Cleis in Martini’s Sapho and Hélène in Chabrier’s Une Éducation Manquée in New York and Washington, and also appeared at the London Handel Festival (Cummings) as Aspasia in Alexander Balus.
A keen recitalist, Sophie recently performed a programme of music by Jules Massenet at the Härnosänd Music festival, Sweden, accompanied by pianist Mutsumi Moteki. Further recitals include appearances at the Oxford Lieder Festival with pianists Sholto Kynoch and Deirdre Brenner.
Performances in the 2016/2017 season include The Creation with the Russian National Orchestra, Moscow, Belinda Dido & Aeneas with La Nuova Musica and David Bates and also with The English Concert and Harry Bicket, Dorinda Orlando also with The English Concert in Bologna and in addition Sophie will present programmes of Couperin and Delalande with Le Poème Harmonique and Vincent Dumestre throughout Europe. Further performances include Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte under the baton of Christophe Rousset with Les Talens Lyriques and Opéra Dijon at La Philharmonie de Paris, TheKing’s Daughter with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and Concerto Copenhagen, St John Passion with Collegium 1704 in Prague and Dresden, Galatea Acis and Galatea with Collegium Marianum in Prague and Halle under Lars Ulrik and her recital début in Madrid where she will present a programme of Reynaldo Hahn with pianist Marek Ruszczynski. Subsequent plans include a revival of Die Zauberflöte in Caen and Limoges (Rousset).
Sophie’s discography includes a recording of Charpentier and Carissimi pieces with La Nuova Musica (Harmonia Mundi), Handel’s Esther with Laurence Cummings (Accent), Gretry L’Épreuve Villageoise (Naxos) and Bach’s Secular Cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan under Masaaki Suzuki (BIS).
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First performed for Marie-Antoinette in 1784, this world premiere recording features Sophie Junker (Denise), Talis Trevigne (Madame Hubert) and Thomas Dolié (La France). Opera Lafayette are conducted by Ryan Brown
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