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SOPHIE HARMSEN, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Sophie Harmsen is especially in international demand as an interpreter of Mozart's works. During the past season she was on tour as Dorabella with René Jacobs in Europe and Asia to great critical acclaim, as well as performing Annio in La clemenza di Tito at the Teatro Real Madrid with Christophe Rousset with overwhelming success. Mozart of course also had to be present on the concert stage. In between Schumann's Faust Scenes with Daniel Harding and Rameau's Suites from Zoroastre with Jérémie Rhorer, she sang numerous C Minor Masses, amongst others with Adam Fischer.


Sophie Harmsen is looking forward to debuting with some renowned conductors this season. She will be singing with Iván Fischer (Mozart Requiem), Philippe Herreweghe (Schubert Mass in E flat) and Markus Stenz (Mozart C Minor Mass). She feels it is a great honour to be part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Freiburger Barockorchester, where she will be performing Beethoven's 9th Symphony. A tour to her native city Montreal with Václav Luks and Bach's B Minor Mass completes an exciting season.

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. She also feels a bond with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart with whom she will be on a tour of South America this season.

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.


2017/2018 season (Representation: General Management | Management: Daniela Spering | Administration: Stephanie Watin) 


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