Show Notes: Sophia Burgos

Puerto Rican-American soprano Sophia Burgos is fast emerging internationally as a young talent of outstanding intelligence, musicality and stage presence. Her repertoire ranges from concert repertoire and chamber music to contemporary opera, collaborating with artists in the United States and Europe.

Last season, Ms. Burgos performed Claude Vivier’s Lonely Child with Teodor Currentzis and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Prinzregententheater in Munich and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, appeared at the Bregenzer Festspiele as Lily Briscoe in the world premiere of To The Lighthouse by Zesses Seglias, performed Emily Dickinson songs by Robin de Raaf with Het Gelders Orkest and Antonello Manacorda and sang the lead role Enoa in a new children's opera by Andrew Norman, To the Moon and back, with the Berlin Philharmoniker and the London Symphony Orchestra, both conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Other recent appearances include her European operatic debut premiering the title role of Maria Republica by François Paris with Nantes-Angers Opera. Her intense portrayal, “a veritable tour de force” (Opéra Magazine) contributed to the production being awarded the 2016 Meilleure Création Musicale prize by the Association Professionnelle de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse. In March 2015, Ms. Burgos had the pleasure of singing the title role of Jennie in the New York premiere of Oliver Knussen’s Higglety Pigglety Pop! with the Bard College Conservatory. She also had the great honor of making her Carnegie Hall debut performing Correspondances by Henri Dutilleux with the American Symphony Orchestra.

Highlights in 2017/18 include a return to the Elbphilharmonie for Quatre Chants Pour Franchir Le Seul by Gérard Grisey, as part of the Festival ‘Greatest Hits’, co-produced with the NDR and Kampnagel, and debuts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and MDR Sinfonieorchester, both in Bernstein’s Songfest, and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Belinda in Dido and Aeneas.

A champion of new works, Ms. Burgos has collaborated with esteemed composers such as Andre Previn, premiering his Two Lyric Songs: The Waking as part of the 75th year anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center, and was recognized in her performance of George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children by the London Times for “making light of the vocal part’s virtuoso technical demands… with an always beautiful sound.”  Ms. Burgos also developed operatic roles such as Iphigenia in Osvaldo Golijov’s latest opera, Iphigenia in Aulis, with excerpts workshopped at the Metropolitan Opera.  In 2014 Ms. Burgos appeared at the Lucerne Festival Academy as a soloist in Luciano Berio's Coro, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and was selected for masterclasses and private lessons with Barbara Hannigan. She performed as soloist in Schoenberg's String Quartet No. 2 and Matthias Pintscher's Twilight Song.

Sophia Burgos earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where she collaborated with Brad Lubman and the Muscia Nova Ensemble performing works such as Akrostichon Wortspiel by Unsuk Chin and Steve Reich’s Tehillim. She also had the pleasure of performing Knoxville Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber in the Eastman Theatre with the Graduate Chamber Orchestra as the winner of the Eastman concerto competition. In 2013, Ms. Burgos was awarded third place in both the Friends of Eastman Opera competition and the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition, and won the German Lied Prize at the 2017 Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition in Paris.

She completed her Master’s Degree at the Bard College Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program where she portrayed the title role of Handel’s rarely performed oratorio, Esther, conducted by James Bagwell, and the role of Angel Gabriel in Haydn’s The Creation with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra and members of the American Symphony Orchestra. Burgos has performed art song and contemporary music recitals throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley. She is proud to receive close mentorship from Dawn Upshaw, Barbara Hannigan, and Jan Opalach.
In addition to her career as a singer, Ms. Burgos is passionate about education and outreach through art, holding a degree and certification in Music Education. Originally from Chicago, IL, her earliest musical influences were Spanish folk song and dance, as she and her family are strongly tied to their Puerto Rican heritage. She is currently living in Cologne.

Sophia Burgos, soprano Casey Grev, soprano saxophone September 8, 2016 at Roulette in Brooklyn
Sophia Burgos, soprano Isabel Gleicher, flute September 8, 2016 at Roulette in Brooklyn