New Zealand soprano Sophie Sparrow is studying with Kate Paterson and Marcus van den Akker
She holds a Master of Performance from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has degrees in Music and Accounting from the University of Otago. Sophie is grateful for the support of the Fishmongers’ Company Award, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Kiwi Music Trust and Help Musicians Sybil Tutton Opera Award.
Opera roles and scenes include Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Marie in La fille du régiment, Gilda in Rigoletto, Morgana in Alcina, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. She covered the role of Despina in Royal Academy Opera’s spring production of Così fan tutte. Sophie recently premiered two works by Daniel Davis, Remembering the Future at Wigmore Hall and Tell me again the music of that tale at Milton Court. She also debuted at Barbican Hall, performing a Debussy song recital for London Symphony Orchestra Platforms.
In 2019 Sophie won the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Wellington Aria Prize and came third in the New Zealand McCormick Opera Award. In 2018 she was a semi-finalist in the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition.
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