Sophie Bevan

Introduction

The recipient of the Young Singer award at the inaugural 2013 International Opera Awards. Sophie Bevan is now at the forefront of the new generation of young British singers.

A graduate of the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, she was awarded the Queen Mother Rose Bowl Award. Her concert repertoire ranges from Handel to James Macmillan and she has worked with conductors that include Sir Antonio Pappano, Edward Gardner, Laurence Cummings, Harry Bicket, Sir Neville Marriner, Phillipe Herreweghe, Sir Mark Elder, Ryan Wigglesworth, Daniel Harding and Sir Charles Mackerras.   Already highly accomplished on the operatic stage, her engagements include Yum-Yum in The Mikado,  Télaïre in Castor & Pollux and her first Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier for English National Opera; the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen for Welsh National Opera; her first Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro and Pamina Die Zauberflötefor Garsington Opera; and Waldvogel Siegfried and Pamina for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Engagements this season and beyond include Ilia Idomeneo for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Michal Saul in her debut for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Pamina for Welsh National Opera and her debuts at the Teatro Real, Madrid and the Salzburg Festival.
   
Sophie is also the recipient of the 2010 Critics' Circle award for Exceptional Young Talent and The Times Breakthrough Award at the 2012 South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

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Repertoire

BACH
St Matthew Passion
St John Passion
B Minor Mass

BERLIOZ
L'enfance du Christ
Les nuits d'été

FAURE
Requiem

GILBERT&SULLIVAN
Pirates of Penzance (Mabel)
The Mikado (Yum Yum)

HANDEL
Messiah
Samson
Aci, Galatea e Polifemo
Radamisto (Polissena)
Israel in Egypt

HAYDN
Creation
Nelson Mass


MACMILLAN
Parthenogenesis

MENDELSSOHN
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Paulus

MONTEVERDI
L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Poppea)
Vespers

MOZART
Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna)
Die Zauberfloete (Pamina)
Cosi fan tutte (Despina)
Requiem
Coronation Mass
C Minor Mass
Exsultate Jubilate

MUSSORGSKY
Boris Godunov (Xenia)

ORFF
Carmina Burana

POULENC
Stabat Mater

PURCELL
Dido and Aeneas (Dido)

RAMEAU
Castor&Pollux (Télaïre) 

ROSSINI
Stabat Mater

TAVENER
Sollemnitas in Conceptione Immaculata

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Serenade to Music

VIVALDI
L'Incoronazione di Dario (Alinda)

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Schedule

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

MOZART: Idomeneo


Conductor, Marc Minkowski
Director, Martin Kušej
 
Idomeneo, Matthew Polenzani 
Idamante, Franco Fagioli 
Ilia, Sophie Bevan 
Elettra, Malin Byström 
Arbace, Stanislas de Barbeyrac 
High Priest of Neptune, Krystian Adam 
Voice of Neptune, Graeme Broadbent
 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Royal Opera Chorus


Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

MOZART: Idomeneo


Conductor, Marc Minkowski
Director, Martin Kušej
 
Idomeneo, Matthew Polenzani 
Idamante, Franco Fagioli 
Ilia, Sophie Bevan 
Elettra, Malin Byström 
Arbace, Stanislas de Barbeyrac 
High Priest of Neptune, Krystian Adam 
Voice of Neptune, Graeme Broadbent
 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Royal Opera Chorus


Bath Abbey, Bath

MOZART: Symphony No 40 in G minor K 550
MOZART: Requiem in D minor K 626

Sophie Bevan, soprano
Renata Pokupic, mezzo-soprano
James Gilchrist, tenor
Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone

Paul McCreesh, conductor
Bath Philharmonia
Bath Camerata

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

MOZART: Idomeneo


Conductor, Marc Minkowski
Director, Martin Kušej
 
Idomeneo, Matthew Polenzani 
Idamante, Franco Fagioli 
Ilia, Sophie Bevan 
Elettra, Malin Byström 
Arbace, Stanislas de Barbeyrac 
High Priest of Neptune, Krystian Adam 
Voice of Neptune, Graeme Broadbent
 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Royal Opera Chorus


Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

MOZART: Idomeneo


Conductor, Marc Minkowski
Director, Martin Kušej
 
Idomeneo, Matthew Polenzani 
Idamante, Franco Fagioli 
Ilia, Sophie Bevan 
Elettra, Malin Byström 
Arbace, Stanislas de Barbeyrac 
High Priest of Neptune, Krystian Adam 
Voice of Neptune, Graeme Broadbent
 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Royal Opera Chorus


Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

MOZART: Idomeneo


Conductor, Marc Minkowski
Director, Martin Kušej
 
Idomeneo, Matthew Polenzani 
Idamante, Franco Fagioli 
Ilia, Sophie Bevan 
Elettra, Malin Byström 
Arbace, Stanislas de Barbeyrac 
High Priest of Neptune, Krystian Adam 
Voice of Neptune, Graeme Broadbent
 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Royal Opera Chorus


Milton Court Concert Hall, London

Purcell arr. John Woolrich: Three Songs
Wolf arr. John Woolrich: Italian Songs
John Woolrich: Ulysses Awakes
Stravinsky: Eight Instrumental Miniatures*
Mozart: Per pieta, non ricercate
Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks*
John Woolrich: Violin Concerto (London premiere)*

Sophie Bevan, soprano
Clare Finnimore, viola
Thomas Gould, violin
Duncan Ward, conductor*
Britten Sinfonia

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Purcell arr. John Woolrich: Three Songs
Wolf arr. John Woolrich: Italian Songs
John Woolrich: Ulysses Awakes
Stravinsky: Eight Instrumental Miniatures*
Mozart: Per pieta, non ricercate
Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks*
John Woolrich: Violin Concerto (London premiere)*

Sophie Bevan, soprano
Clare Finnimore, viola
Thomas Gould, violin
Duncan Ward, conductor*
Britten Sinfonia

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

MOZART: Idomeneo


Conductor, Marc Minkowski
Director, Martin Kušej
 
Idomeneo, Matthew Polenzani 
Idamante, Franco Fagioli 
Ilia, Sophie Bevan 
Elettra, Malin Byström 
Arbace, Stanislas de Barbeyrac 
High Priest of Neptune, Krystian Adam 
Voice of Neptune, Graeme Broadbent
 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Royal Opera Chorus


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R. Strauss

Der Rosenkavalier

Boston Symphony Orchesta/Nelsons at the Tanglewood Festival

[The] roles were taken, in the concluding trio, by established professionals: the sopranos Angela Denoke (the Marschallin) and Sophie Bevan (Sophie) and the mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (Octavian). Ms. Denoke sang with fine sensibility...in keeping with the plight of her character. Ms. Leonard was strong and alluring, Ms. Bevan pure and sweet. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, 13 July 2014
Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard brought her smooth, amber-toned voice to the role of Octavian. In the love duet between the prince and Sophie, her phrases took on a soft, feathery quality without losing their body. Soprano Sophie Bevan, as Octavian’s love interest, sang beautiful arching lines to mesh with Leonard’s phrases. Angela Denoke brought a touch of heartbreak to the role of the Marschallin, singing with a smooth, milky soprano. Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review, 13 July 2014

Bizet

The Pearl Fishers

English National Opera

...she left us wondering how much more radiant her heartfelt singing could get... Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 17th June 2014
...sings with appealing purity. ENO has cast...one vocal pearl... John Allison, The Telegraph, 21st June 2014
Sophie Bevan was in radiant voice as Leila the Hindu priestess... Clare Colvin, Sunday Express, 22nd June 2014

R.Strauss

Der Rosenkavalier

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Nelsons

The golden voice of Sophie Bevan, born to sing young Sophie von Faninal, confirmed the stellar nature of an evening that brought both laughter and misty eyes – an acid test for this opera. Rian Evans, The Guardian, 26th May 2014

Rossini

La gazza ladra

Oper Frankfurt

...Sophie Bevan's pretty, silver-voiced Ninetta... Hugh Canning, Opera, July 2014

Handel

Jephtha

Barbican, London

...Sophie Bevan was the sensual Iphis... Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 16th January 2014

Bach

Christmas Oratorio

Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

Meanwhile, the four soloists each brought something special and different to the piece...plaintive soprano Sophie Bevan was a ball of emotion... Kelly Apter, The Scotsman, 4th December 2013

Handel

Acis & Galatea

Wigmore Hall

The soprano Sophie Bevan sounded gorgeous, using the resonance to her advantage. She deployed her agile, soft-grained voice in a way that subtly showed off the music's sensuous side; there's no mistaking the nature of the love the librettists were writing about. The audience warmed to her immediately... Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 28th November 2013
Sophie Bevan's Galatea – suffering sea nymph – was pure, reverential and plangent, a performance of consummate musicianship. Kate Kellaway, The Observer, 1st December 2013

Handel

Jephtha

Bath Abbey

A stellar cast of soloists included...soprano Sophie Bevan, as his daughter Iphis, singing Farewell, with great desolation.This is a seminal moment in the oratorio, and both singers invested it with consummate musicianship.
Bath Chronicle, 11th November 2013
But the most touching singing came from Sophie Bevan as Iphis: her beguiling soprano had an instrumental clarity as well as a newly blossoming richness of tone, discerningly used in Iphis's expressions of joy and finally of martyred resignation. Rian Evans, The Guardian, 11th November 2013

Britten

Les illuminations

Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings Concert Hall

...but its high point was Britten's own Les Illuminations. Soprano Sophie Bevan brought ravishing vocal colours and a strong interpretive sensibility to the cycle, with both nonchalance and perceptiveness in equal measure. Rian Evans, The Guardian, 9th June 2013
Later, there was more gorgeous ­singing from the young soprano of the moment, Sophie Bevan, of Britten’s Les Illuminations... Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 16th June 2013

Mozart

Die Zauberflöte

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

 This, too, was near-perfection...The opening chord of the Overture, solid, solemn, carefully weighted, led to a wonderfully detailed account not only of this slightly academic orchestral piece but of the whole sublime masterpiece too...The new hero and heroine, Andrew Staples and Sophie Bevan, are already admirable as Tamino and Pamina. Michael Tanner, The Spectator, May 2013
At this second of three end-of-run performances, Sophie Bevan (Young Singer of the Year at the International Opera Awards) stole the limelight with her rich-toned, sculpturally-phrased account of Pamina's great G minor aria, and a heart-stopping 'Tamino, mein!'. What a gorgeous timbre this young soprano has at her disposal; it seems to be getting bigger and juicier with every appearance... Bevan, whose star potential, on this showing, seems limitless. Hugh Canning, Opera, July 2013

Bach

St Matthew Passion

King's College, Cambridge

Sophie Bevan’s glowing soprano solos were equally strong... John Allison, The Telegraph, 2nd April 2013

Recital

Wigmore Hall

 Sophie Bevan is pure sunshine: like the legendary Elisabeth Schumann, she sings for joy, on a breeze: in Schubert’s Seligkeit, she seemed to be turning cartwheels...But what an enchanting performer she is – at her best here in Schubert’s meditative Das Marienbild and Barber’s gently purring The Monk and his Cat. Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 19th March 2013

Janacek

The Cunning Little Vixen

Welsh National Opera

As the vixen Bystrouska, soprano Sophie Bevan had a vibrant yet creamy tone; she was captivating in her foxy allure.

Rian Evans, The Guardian, 26th February 2013

Bevan sings the Vixen as beautifully as anyone I have heard...a charming fresh face...

Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 3rd March 2013
In the title role, Sophie Bevan was lithe and lissom, portraying the Vixen's development from a sassy young creature to the mother who risks all for her offspring. The voice was similarly flexible, creamy in tone and maximising the lyrical moments. Rian Evans, Opera, May 2013

Wagner

Siegfried

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Sophie Bevan enchanted as an aerial Woodbird. Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 7th October 2012
Among the smaller roles, Sophie Bevan's blithe Woodbird...stood out for expressivity and ease. Anna Picard, The Independent, 7th October 2012
Sophie Bevan chirped sweetly as the Woodbird while performing acrobatics on her trapeze... Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 5th October 2012

Purcell

King Arthur

Usher Hall, Edinburgh International Festival

Best by far of the named soloists was soprano Sophie Bevan. Her delivery is refreshingly unfussy and her voice voluptuous and grainy, which complemented the Sixteen's silvery violins perfectly in The Fairest Isle. Kate Molleson, The Guardian, 29th August 2012

Novello

BBC Proms

Royal Albert Hall, London

The Halle submitted totally to the lushness of the music, and the singers, Bevan especially, who has a wonderfully rich soprano with contralto elements and beautiful purity at the very top... Michael Coveney, What's On Stage, 10th August 2012

Mozart

Don Giovanni

Garsington Opera

Sophie Bevan’s sexy, predatory Elvira sings her heart out. Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 9th June 2012

Recordings

A Song More Silent: New Works for Remembrance

Composer: BEAMISH, McDOWALL, O'REGAN, PLOWMAN 

Musicians: Michael Chance, countertenor
Carolyn Dobbin, mezzo-soprano
Alexandra Stevenson, Sophie Bevan, sopranos
Ben Johnson, tenor
Dawid Kimberg, baritone
Sebastian Comberti, cello
Paul Archibald, trumpet
Nicolae Moldoveanu, conductor
London Mozart Players 

Catalogue # AV2147
Avie Records