Sophie Bevan MBE

Soprano

Management

Helen Hogh
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Fiona Wells
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Groves Artists represents Sophie Bevan MBE worldwide

Biography

Recognised as one of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation Sophie Bevan studied at the Royal College of Music where she was awarded the Queen Mother Rose bowl for excellence in performance. She was the recipient of the 2010 Critics’ Circle award for Exceptional Young Talent, The Times Breakthrough Award at the 2012 South Bank Sky Arts Awards, the Young Singer award at the 2013 inaugural International Opera Awards and was made an MBE for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2019.

She works regularly with leading orchestras worldwide and with conductors including Sir Antonio Pappano, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Edward Gardner, Laurence Cummings, Sir Mark Elder, Ivor Bolton and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Recent and future highlights include Ah! Perfido, The Seasons and Ryan Wigglesworth’s Augenlieder all with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Philharmonia, Les Illuminations with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aurora Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Faure Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Schubert Mass no 6 at the Concertgebouw, Messiah with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice at the Edinburgh Festival, an evening of Viennese repertoire with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the 2020 BBC Proms Festival and Knussen’s Songs and a Sea-Interlude with the Swedish Radio Orchestra. An acclaimed recitalist she has appeared with pianists including Julius Drake, Malcom Martineau, Ryan Wigglesworth, Christopher Glynn and Graham Johnson at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and The Wigmore Hall in London.

Sought after for her work in opera Sophie’s recent and future engagements include Ilia Idomeneo, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro Dalinda Ariodante and Pamina Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Opera House, title role The Cunning Little Vixen for Welsh National Opera, Hermione in Ryan Wigglesworth’s The Winter’s Tale and Télaïre Castor and Pollux for ENO, Ginevra Ariodante for the Bolshoi Moscow,  Melisande Pelleas et Melisande for Dresden Semperoper, Freia Das Rheingold at Teatro Real, Madrid and Governess The Turn of the Screw in the acclaimed production for Garsington Opera. She made her debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Michal Saul and at the Salzburg Festival and Metropolitan Opera as Beatriz in Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel.

Sophie lives in Oxfordshire with her husband, son and two cocker spaniels.

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Reviews

  • Orfeo ed Euridice at Edinburgh International Festival

    Sophie Bevan was equally compelling as Euridice, her rich, powerful voice conveying the character’s grief. Hers and Davies’s duets in Act Three were both powerful and poignant, and Bevan’s departure from the stage on Euridice’s death was effective in its simplicity.

    Miranda Heggie The Herald, 16 August 2019
  • The Turn of the Screw, Garsington Opera

    Sophie Bevan’s Governess, delivered with impressive tonal range, convincingly leaves us in doubt as to the fertility of her imagination. In the final moments she enters the corrupted realm of the lake, perhaps taking her own life, a striking conception somewhat undermined by the sight of her walking out the other side.

    Barry Millington Evening Standard, 2 July 2019
  • The Turn of the Screw, Garsington Opera

    Sophie Bevan sang exquisitely, with just enough power and excellent diction. Her Governess is far from a hysterical woman, but the horror of the situation freezes her, fainting or rooting her to the spot in the terrific confrontation between Quint and Jessel.

    Mark Pullinger Bachtrack, 2 July 2019
  • Les Illuminations, Bridgewater Hall

    Between the Symphonies Sophie Bevan was the magnetic soprano in Britten’s Les illuminations, settings of Frenchman Rimbaud’s symbolist poetry made for Sophie Wyss in 1939. The opening ‘Fanfare’ (not brassy, Britten’s scoring is solely for strings) was incisive and pregnant enough to anticipate a distinguished reading – fulfilled over the whole – Bevan quite operatic for her initial gambit, agile and sensual later, with some vivid word-painting, light and shade, discriminating dynamics, and well-judged (articulate) tempos.

    Colin Anderson Classical Source, 2 May 2019

News

  • Groves Artists sign soprano Sophie Bevan MBE
    05.11.20

    Groves Artists sign soprano Sophie Bevan MBE