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Sophie Junker

Biography

Sophie Junker burst onto the international scene in 2010 by winning the London Handel Competition, consolidating her rapid rise with victory in the 2012 Cesti Competition at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival.

She now regularly performs with top-flight conductors including Harry Bicket (Dorinda Orlando), Laurence Cummings (Israelite Woman in Handel’s Esther and Sigismondo in Handel’s Arminio in Göttingen, Aspasia in Alexander Balus and Michal in Saul at the London Handel Festival), Christian Curnyn (Italian Woman in Charpentier’s Médée for ENO, Phoebe in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux), Richard Egarr (Drusilla/Virtu L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Melanto/Fortuna ll Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria), Paul McCreesh (St Matthew Passion, B minor Mass, Purcell’s King Arthur), Christophe Rousset (Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte), Masaaki Suzuki (Bach cantatas, Monteverdi’s Vespers), and Stefano Montanari (Zerlina Don Giovanni).

Described by Opera magazine as “… irresistibly charming”, Sophie already has an established relationship with the Opera Royal de Liège Wallonie (Wanda La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein, title-role in Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon) and Angers-Nantes Opéra (Amour Orphée et Eurydice, Constance Dialogues des Carmélites). She made her American operatic début in 2016, singing Cleis in Martini’s Sapho and Hélène in Chabrier’s  (Opera Lafayette, New York, and Washington). Further operatic roles include Caio in Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa at the Copenhagen Opera Festival, Proserpine and Euridice in Charpentier’s La Déscente d’Orphée aux enfers (Wigmore Hall, The Hague), and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas, Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik).

On the concert platform, Sophie is a frequent soloist with Concerto Copenhagen and Lars Ulrik Mortensen, La Nuova Musica under David Bates, Belgium-based ensemble Vox Luminis, Le Concert de la Loge under Julien Chauvin, Le Poème Harmonique under Vincent Dumestre and Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen. She performed Bach’s St John Passion for Ensemble 1704, Haydn’s Creation with the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, and Lully’s Grands Motets with the Namur Chamber Choir conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón. She recently sung Fauré’s Requiem under Klaas Stok (Amsterdam Concertgebouw) and Bach Cantatas with Dunedin Consort at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Sophie Junker recently performed the roles of Cunegunda in Leonardo Vinci’s Gismondo (Vienna, Moscow, Dortmund, and Bayreuth), Elisetta in Il Matrimonio segreto (Opéra royal de Liège Wallonie), Venere in Legrenzi’s La divisione del mondo under Christophe Rousset (Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Colmar, Nancy, Versailles, and Cologne), and Eurilla in Handel’s Il Pastor Fido (Gliwice and Händel-Festspiele Halle). She made her house debut at Staatsoper Berlin singing Drusilla in L’Incoronazione di Poppea under Diego Fasolis. In Germany, she also sang the title role in Die Getreue Alceste by Schürmann conducted by Christina Pluhar (Rokokotheater Schwetzingen).

Sophie’s lithe and sparkling soprano has also been heard as Angelica in Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso (La Seine Musicale), Clori in Cavalli’s Egisto (Royal Opera of Versailles) and Asteria in Handel's Tamerlano with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christopher Molds (Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow). She has also toured various programs with Le Banquet Célèste under Damien Guillon and Collegium 1704 under Václav Luks. She returned at the Chapel of Versailles to sing Couperin’s Les Leçons de Ténèbres along with Stéphane Fuget and the Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal.

In 2021/22 will mark Sophie’s debut as Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare for Reisopera and the Handel Festival in Göttingen under the direction of George Petrou. She will take part in several tours such as Johannes-Passion with Collegium 1704 (Paris, Prague, Dresden, and Dortmund) and her solo program La Francesina. At the end of the season, she will perform Handel’s Apollo e Dafne with Martyna Pastuszka and {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna.

Her discography includes Sacrifices (Figlia in Carissimi’s Jephte with La Nuova Musica for Harmonia Mundi - Sophie was described as “… the disc’s star turn” by Gramophone magazine), Handel’s Esther with Laurence Cummings (Accent), Grétry’s L'Épreuve Villageoise (Naxos), Bach’s Secular Cantatas with the Bach Collegium Japan under Masaaki Suzuki (BIS), Stravaganza d’amore with Pygmalion under Raphaël Pichon (Harmonia Mundi) and Cunegunda in Leonardo Vinci’s Gismondo (Parnassus Arts Productions). In 2020, Sophie’s first solo album, La Francesina, was released under the label Aparté. This publication won an International Classical Music Award as well as the Trophée Forum-Opéra.

(2022_01_16. Please only use this biography.)

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Schedule

04 12 2022

ELIOGABALO

Oper Zürich (CH)
07 12 2022

ELIOGABALO

Oper Zürich (CH)
11 12 2022

ELIOGABALO

Oper Zürich (DE)
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Recordings

21 10 2021
Leçons de ténèbres
Leçons de ténèbres
Couperin
16 10 2020 La Francesina
La Francesina
La Francesina
La Francesina
La Francesina
La Francesina
G. F. Handel
20 04 2020 Gismondo Re di Polonia
Gismondo Re di Polonia
Gismondo Re di Polonia
Gismondo Re di Polonia
Leonardo Vinci
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