The English soprano, Sophie Bevan, graduated from the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, where she studied as a Countess of Munster Trust award holder, Karaviotis Scholar and MBF award holder with Lillian Watson. During her time there she performed the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Susanna in W.A. Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro. She gained a place at the Royal College of Music as a Foundation Scholar and was awarded an ABRSM scholarship and won the Junior Kathleen Ferrier competition, the RCM Concerto competition, a Miriam Licette award for French song and the Queen Mother Rose Bowl Award for excelling in music, presented to her by his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
She sings a wide range of concert repertoire and has worked with leading conductors. Her concert engagements have included the world premiere of Tavener’s Sollemnitas in Conceptione Immaculata BMV at Zürich’s Grossmünster Cathedral, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Windsor Castle, James Macmillan’s Parthenogenesis with Nicholas Cleobury at Canterbury Cathedral, George Frideric Handel’s Samson at St John’s Smith Square and Birmingham City Hall, W.A. Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Windsor Castle with the London Mozart Players, Carmina Burana, Messiah and W.A. Mozart’s Requiem at London’s Cadogan Hall, J.S. Bach’s St John Passion (BWV 245) at St Paul’s Cathedral and Portsmouth Cathedral, W.A. Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with the London Mozart Players and Martin André, and W.A. Mozart’s C Minor Mass at the Royal College of Music with Sir Charles Mackerras. She has performed regularly with the English Chamber Orchestra, including sacred arias in France and Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ at Dorchester Abbey. Sophie also performs regularly with Cafe Mozart, most recently singing excerpts from their new CD on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Programme.
Highly accomplished on the operatic stage, Sophie Bevan’s operatic roles include Xenia in the new production of Boris Godunov for English National Opera (ENO); Love in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea for ENO; Despina in W.A. Mozart’s Così fan tutte, soprano soloist in the staged production of G.F. Handel’s Messiah and Polissena in G.F. Handel’s Radamisto) all for ENO; Barbarina in W.A. Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Welsh National Opera); Alinda in Antonio Vivaldi’s L’Incoronazione di Dario and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for Garsington Opera; Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Pamina in W.A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Cathleen in Riders to the Sea, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Flora in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and the title role in Rodelinda. She also gave the first London performance of Royer’s Zaide, Reine De Grenade at St John’s Smith Square. In 2006, she sang Costanza in G.F. Handel’s Riccardo I and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for Opera de Baugé in France. Sophie is an Associate Artist of the Classical Opera Company, where her roles include Publio in the UK premiere of Gluck’s La clemenza di Tito and Worldly Spirit in W.A. Mozart’s Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots. Her future engagements include Messiah for English National Opera and her first Susanna for Garsington Opera.