Soloist – Sophie Junker, Soprano
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, Zdenka Arabella, Sophie Werther (scenes) and the title role in Donizetti’s Rita. She has also sung the role of Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story under the conductor David Miller.
Further roles include Israelite Woman in Handel’s Esther with Laurence Cummings at the Göttingen Festival, the cover of AlmirenaRinaldo for 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 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.
Concert engagements have included Mozart Coronation Mass, Handel Chandos Anthems and Pergolesi Stabat Mater, as well as Schumann and Schubert Recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival. Sophie has also presented Bach, Handel and Scarlatti programmes at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge and at the Innsbruck Festival.
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 (BIS).
Recent highlights include Phoebe 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, title role Cendrillon by Pauline Viardot at Liège Opera, concerts in Denmark with Concerto Copenhagen, St Matthew Passion with Paul 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, Aspasia Alexander Balus at the London Handel Festival with Laurence Cummings and a recital of songs by Jules Massenet at the Härnosänd Music festival, Sweden, accompanied by pianist Mutsumi Moteki.
Future plans for Sophie include The Creation with the Russian National Orchestra, Moscow, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte under the baton of Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques with Opera Dijon, La Philharmonie de Paris, Limoges and Caen, The King’s Daughter with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and Concerto Copenhagen, Belinda Dido & Aeneas with La Nuova Musica and David Bates, St John Passion with Collegium 1704 in Prague and Dresden, Acis and Galatea with Collegium Marianum in Prague and Halle as well as a number of concert performances with Le Poème Harmonique and Vincent Dumestre throughout Europe.