French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch made her Royal Opera debut in 2001 as Silla (Palestrina) and has since returned to sing Angelina (La Cenerentola), the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Siébel (Faust), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Ramiro (La finta giardiniera), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Charlotte (Werther), Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites) and Venus (Tannhäuser) for The Royal Opera.
Koch was born in Versailles and began singing as a child both in choirs and on summer schools. While a student at the Sorbonne she was encouraged to pursue singing by Christa Ludwig. Koch went on to further studies with Jane Berbié at the Paris Conservatoire. Koch’s international engagements include Margared (Lalo’s Le Roi d’Ys) for the Opéra-Comique, Charlotte for Lyric Opera of Chicago and Vienna State Opera, Fricka (Der Ring des Nibelungen) for Paris Opéra and Bavarian State Opera, the title role in Alceste and Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) for Paris Opéra, Leonor (La Favorite) in Toulouse, Octavian for Vienna State Opera, Mère Marie for Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris., and Adriano (Rienzi) for Salzburg Festival.
A noted recitalist, Koch has performed at the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier festivals, and in Europe’s leading concert halls. Her recordings include Strauss scenes with Antonio Pappano, Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Chausson’s Poème de l’Amour et de la mer, Lieder, French song and Werther (recorded at the Royal Opera House).