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SOPHIE HARMSEN, mezzo-soprano

In past seasons Mezzosoprano Sophie Harmsen has received exceptionally great critical acclaim for her portrayal of Mozart’s roles, for example as Annio in La Clemenza Di Tito at the Teatro Real in Madrid with Christophe Rousset, as well as on tour through Europe and Asia with René Jacobs singing Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte. The 2nd Soprano part in Mozart’s C Minor Mass belongs to one of her favourite sings, and she is especially happy to be debuting at the Salzburger Mozartwoche with this piece under the baton of Philippe Herreweghe. Another collaboration with Philippe Herreweghe this season is Dvorak’s Requiem at the Philharmonie Berlin with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.


After a tour of Bach’s B Minor Mass with Andrea Marcon she will give her debut at the Elbphilharmonie with this piece at the inaugural concert of the new director of the NDR Chor, Klaas Stock. A further debut in Hamburg will be the collaboration with the Hamburg Ballett(John Neumeier) at the Hamburgische Staatsoper singing Brahms Liebesliederwalzer.

After the award winning CD of Bruckner’s Missa Solemnis last season, a further CD recording of Bruckner’s works is planned with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the RIAS Kammerchor and Lukasz Borowicz.

A recording of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Frieder Bernius will be released in 2019.


She is excited about a first collaboration with David Afkham singing Mendelssohn in Brussels and Haydn in Madrid.

An exceptional project this season are Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, with which Sophie will appear at the Philharmonie Köln in May with Concerto Köln under the baton of Kent Nagano.


In her work with famous directors such as Robert Wilson, Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann, 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. Concerts with Constantinos Carydis, Daniel Harding, Iván Fischer, Adam Fischer, Thomas Hengelbrock, Jérémie Rhorer, Markus Stenz, Manfred Honeck, Václav Luks, Raphaël Pichon, Hans-Christoph Rademann, as well as numerous concerts and CD recordings with Frieder Bernius are documentation of her artistic versatility.


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, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra 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.


2018/2019 season (Representation: General Management) 


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