Sophie Koch

French mezzo-soprano (Versailles, 1969 - )

Sophie Koch’s first foray into music started with the piano at age 7, which she then went on studying for 15 years. At the same time, she practiced choral singing before joining Jane Berbié's class at the Paris’ Conservatoire at age 21. In 1994, she won the first prize in Bois-le-Duc singing competition and was awarded the Christel Goltz Prize by the Semperoper in Dresden in 2001.

Her career may have started in France, but it was on international stages that blossomed with roles like Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Cenerentola at London's Covent Garden and the composer in Arianne à Naxos at the Dresden Semperoper and the Munich Zerlina. She then went on to perform at the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Scala in Milan, the Monte Carlo Opera House, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the Salzburg Festival, as well as in Munich, Vienna, Zurich and Geneva. Her repertoire also includes lied and melody: she has recorded Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Fauré and Chausson.

Six landmark dates in the life of Sophie Koch:

1998: Debut at the Covent Garden in London
2000: Debut in Vienna as Cherubino
2010: Charlotte in Werther with Jonas Kaufmann at the Paris Opera
2010: Fricka, in the Ring of the Nibelung at the Paris Opera
2011: Adalgisa with Edita Gruberova at the Salle Pleyel in a concert version of Norma.
2013: Alceste in Gluck’s Alceste the Paris Opera