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Sophie Koch

  • Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Sophie Koch: In Vienna, she made her debuts as Cherubino and she was immediately offered Octavian in Rosenkavalier,emblematic role of her young career which she sung all over the world. After Munich, Berlin, Milan, Vienna and London, she has appeared at the Paris Opera with the role of Der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Conception in Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole. She regularly appears on the major stages of the world: Toulouse, Brussels, Madrid, Berlin, Zurich, Geneva, the Salzburg Festival and of course London, Dresden and Vienna.

After having imposed her Mozart and her Strauss over the major European stages, Sophie Koch now adds the French and German repertoire. Her future engagements include Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites at the Nice Opera, Ariadne auf Naxos (Der Komponist), Die Götterdämmerung (Waltraute) and Venus in Tannhäuser at the Paris Opera, Charlotte in Werther at the Wiener Staatsoper, Madrid and London, as well as the title role in Mignon in Geneva.

Sophie Koch has also given many recitals at the Salzburg; Edinburgh, Aix and Verbier Festivals, at the Brahmssaal/Wiener Musikverein, in Paris, London, Frankfurt, Berlin, Luxembourg, Brussels and Madrid.

She received in 2001 the Christel Goltz's Price at the Semperoper Dresden.

Her first recordings were dedicated to Lieder by Wolf and Schubert and French Melodies (Le Chant du Monde). Then she has recorded Peer Gynt ( Eon), Manon and the world Premiere of Laurent Petitgirard’s opera Elefant Man (EMI). She has also recorded Wellesz’ and Bloch‘s Lieder (Delta/Capriccio), some exerpts of Ariane à Naxos under the direction of Antonio Pappano (Virgin), Mahler’s 8th Symphony under Nagano, a Schumann recital (Myrten) with Nelson Goerner and some Lieder of Strauss with Philippe Entremont (Cascavelle). She recently recorded French orchestral works: Le Poème de l’amour et de la mer from Chausson, Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Berlioz’s Cantate d’Herminie. In DVD, you can see her alongside Renée Fleming in Der Rosenkavalier, live from the 2009 Baden Baden Festival (Decca). Her performance in Werther at the Paris Opera will be released this season in DVD.