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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. Schumann and Schubert’s recitals for the Oxford Lieder Festival, Bach’s Cantata BWV 201 at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. Also in her repertoire, Sophie performs 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 recently recorded for Harmonia Mundi a CD of Charpentier and Carissimi with La Nuova Musica.
Recent highlights include Euridice in Rameau’s La déscente d’Orphée aux Enfers in Holland with Lionel Meunier, Caio Ottone in Villa in Copenhagen, Handel and Scalatti Cantatas for the Innsbruck Festival.
This season Sophie’s plan include concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a re-invitation to Liège Opera to perform Anna Reich Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, King Arthur in Brussels’s Bozar with Lionel Meunier and at the Beaune Festival with Paul McCreesh, and Les Lecons des Ténèbres in Versailles. Miss Junker will also make her US débuts to perform the role of Denise Grétry’s L’épreuve Villageoise with Ryan Brown and Opera Lafayette.
Subsequent engagements will see Sophie perform Castor and Pollux with Christian Curnyn in London, 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, and her return with 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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