Sophie Koch

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Sophie Koch studied with Jane Berbié at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and won the 1st prize of the Dutch International Vocal Competition in Hertogenbosch. Her debut took place in France but it was at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Cosi fan tutte) and the Semperoper Dresden (Ariadne auf Naxos) under the Direction of Sir Colin Davis where she had her greatest success. This was followed by Don Giovanni and Orfeo at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.

In Vienna, she made her debut as Cherubino and she was immediately offered Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, emblematic role of her young career which she sung all over the world. After Munich, Berlin, Milan, Vienna and London, she has appeared at the Paris Opera for the Ring and King Arthur. She regularly appears on the major stages of the world: Toulouse, Brussels, Madrid, Berlin, Zurich, Geneva, the Salzburg Festival and of course London, Dresden, Vienna and Chicago. In 2014, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in a new production of Werther.

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Reviews

“Sophie Koch was quite magnificent as Venus: probably the best I have ever heard: tonally (and physically) alluring, sweetly seductive and increasingly unhinged, dramatically truthful at no cost to the vocal line, taking full advantage of the greater scope the Paris version offered her.”

Mark Berry

Seen and Heard International

“L’autre miracle de la soirée, c’est la Fricka de Sophie Koch, implacable sans hystérie, déesse avant tout, qui semblait marcher dans les traces de Christa Ludwig, noblesse de ligne, clarté des mots, éloquence du timbre, un modèle.
[Sophie Koch’s Fricka was the evening’s other miracle. She is tenacious without hysteria, above all a goddess who seemed to follow in Christa Ludwig’s footsteps, with her noble melodic line, good pronunciation and eloquence of timbre. In sum, she is exemplary.]

Jean-Charles Hoffelé

Concert Classic