Sophie Junker soprano
Belgian soprano Sophie Junker studied at the Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie in Namur, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Sophie is a Samling Scholar and winner of the 2010 London Handel Competition and the 2012 International Cesti Competition.
Since graduating in 2011 Sophie has appeared with The King’s Consort in performances of Couperin’s Trois Lecons in Valencia, Madrid and Santiago de Compostella, with the Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki in Bach’s Hunting Cantata, which was recorded for Bis, with the Wiener Akademie in performances of St Matthew Passion in Vienna and Pamplona and at the Göttingen Festival in Handel’s Esther with Laurence Cummings.
On the operatic stage she covered Almirena Rinaldo for the Glyndebourne Festival and made her debut with Nantes Opera as Amour in Orphée et Eurydice, Belinda Dido & Aeneas for the Innsbruck Early Music Festival, concerts with the Academy of Ancient Music in Spain and the UK.
Sophie recently performed Constance Dialogues des Carmélites with Nantes/Angers opera, Amour Orphée et Euridice in Moscow, a project Die Zauberflöte for Aix en Provence festival, and made her Wigmore Hall debuts with Christian Curnyn as Proserpine in Rameau’s La descente d’orphée aux enfers. Other engagements see Sophie perform Caio in Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa in Copenhagen, and a re-invitation to Innsbruck to sing staged cantatas by Handel and Scarlatti. This season’s plans include Drusilla and Virtue L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Barbican centre with Richard Egarr and the AAM, a Schubert recital at the Oxford Lieder festival, and Wanda La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein at l’Opéra de Wallonie, Liège.