Listen to Sophie Junker perform a air of Denise from Opera Lafayette's performance of Grétry's L'Épreuve Villageoise
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. She is a Samling Scholar and winner of the first prize in the 2010 London Handel Competition and the 2012 International Cesti Competition. She studies with Yvonne Kenny. Sophie’s operatic repertoire includes Susanna Le (Nozze di Figaro), 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. She also covered the role of Almirena in Rinaldo for Glyndebourne opera. Last season she made her debut at ENO (Italian woman, Spirit) in Charpentier’s Medea, as well as the Nantes Angers Opera as Amour in Glück’s Orphée.
This summer she sung Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for the Innsbruck Festwochen die Alten Muziek as well as Lucy in Menotti’s Telephone for the festival Consonances in St Nazaire. Fast establishing a career in the baroque world, Sophie has appeared with prestigious ensembles such as The King’s Consort, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Wiener Akademie and The Bach Collegium of Japan, The English Concert. Recent performances include a part in Graham Johnson’s Vaughan Williams project, The creation of The Fairy Dream by Harvey Brough, at the Barbican and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Coryphée from Gluck’s Alceste at the Cadogan Hall, a solo recital at the prestigious “Palais des Beaux-arts” in Brussels, a celebration of Schubert’s songs at the Barbican Centre, a recital of Schumann’s lieder for the Oxford Lieder Festival, and Bach’s Cantata BWV 201 at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. Sophie has also appeared with The King’s Consort in performances of Couperin’s Trois Leçons 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.
More recent projects include a recording for Harmonia Mundi of Charpentier and Carissimi with La Nuova Musica ensemble, performances with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Wigmore Hall and in Cambridge, The King Arthur with La Fenice, and the title role in Caldara’s Magdalena with the Belgian ensemble Les Mufatti.Future plans include Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites) with Nantes/Angers Opera, Wanda (La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) at l’Opéra de Wallonie, Liège, and she will be reprising the role of Amour in Moscow.