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SOPHIE HARMSEN, mezzo-soprano

Sophie Harmsen looks forward to two new operatic roles and the return to one of her favourites, Mozart’s Dorabella, in the coming season. In November, she will debut as Annio in La clemenza di Tito at the Teatro Real de Madrid with Christophe Rousset in Karl Ernst Herrmann's production after which she appears at the Berliner Philharmonie under the baton of Marek Janowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin as Hänsel in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel. René Jacobs has invited her to sing Dorabella in Così fan tutte in 2017 on a tour of Europe and Asia with the Freiburger Barockorchester.

She is excited to be singing the Weihnachtsoratorium with Thomas Hengelbrock and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, the c minor Mass with Adam Fischer and the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, as well as concerts and recordings of Bruckner's sacred works with the RIAS Kammerchor and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

In her work with famous directors such as Robert Wilson, William Kentridge and Andreas Dresen she was able to hone her already convincing and much praised acting skills.

Early Music is one of Sophie Harmsen's greatest loves. Her solo recitals with Concerto Köln and Capella Augustina were raving successes and concerts with Vaclav Luks, Jos van Immerseel, Raphaël Pichon, Andrea Marcon, as well as numerous concerts and CD recordings with Frieder Bernius are documentation of her artistic versatility. The Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and Sophie Harmsen share a particular bond, as she has often sung with Helmuth Rilling and still appears with Hans Christoph Rademann on a regular basis.

Sophie Harmsen is a frequent performer at large international festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival and the Bachfest Leipzig.

She sees the collaboration with large symphony orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is an integral part of her artistic journey.

Having already travelled the world at a young age as the daughter of German diplomats, Sophie Harmsen studied at the University of Cape Town and with Prof. Dr. Edith Wiens and now lives in Berlin with her family.

 

2016/2017 season (Representation: General Management | Management: Daniela Spering | Administration: Stephanie Watin) 

 

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