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Sophie Koch

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Sophie Koch in action.
Sophie Koch in Werther, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2011

French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch sings Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. Koch's many roles for the Company include Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Angelina (La Cenerentola), the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Siébel (Faust), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) and Charlotte (Werther).

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. Her international career began following an audition with Peter Katona at the Royal Opera House in 1996. Koch’s notable performances in the last few seasons have included 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 and Mère Marie for Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris.

A noted recitalist, Koch has performed at the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier festivals, and in the leading concert halls of Europe. Her recordings include Strauss scenes with 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).

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