Biography

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Born in Lisbon, Sofia’s earlier singing studies started in the voice class of Joana Levy, which she concluded with a maximum classification. She currently studies with Xenia Meijer, in the Early Music Master program of the Conservatory of Amsterdam. She graduated her bachelor degree in Classical Singing in the same institution, in the class of Sasja Hunnego.

She was a finalist of the 9th Classical Singing competition of the Rotary Club Foundation, in Portugal, in 2016.

In 2017 she was invited as a soloist to perform at the Abu Gosh festival and in solo recitals in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa (Israel).

Sofia is a founding member of Ensemble Seconda Prat!ca. With this group, she has performed in the Festival d’Ambronay and Festival du Sablé (France), Sevicq Brezice (Slovenia), Oude Muziek Festival (The Netherlands), Internationale Händel-Feestspiele Göttingen and Heinrich Schütz Musikfest (Germany), Stockholm Early Music Festival (Sweden) and in Japan, Latvia and Portugal.

The ensemble’s first recording, “Nova Europa”, was released in 2016 by Ambronay Éditions.

She also recorded in Jonatan Alvarado’s CD “Pajarillos Fugitivos”, with the Ayros recording label, launched in 2018.

She has attended masterclasses of Dame Emma Kirkby, Isabel Rey, Claron McFadden, Ira Siff, Alexander Oliver, John Potter and Elena Dumitrescu Nentwig.

Sofia has performed the following roles for staged operas in her previous schools: Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni), Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica(Puccini), Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart), Carmen in Carmen (Bizet), Belinda and 2nd Woman in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), Bruxa/Witch in Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck), Maman and Libellule in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Ravel), and Eurydice in Orphée et Eurydice (Gluck). In 2017, Sofia sang the role of Spirit in Cendrillon (Massenet) with the Dutch National Opera Academy; with ensemble Seconda Prat!ca, she performed in the opera Fairy Queen (Purcell) at the Festival Travelling in Baroque.

She has performed as a soloist in Requiem (Mozart), Kaiserrequiem (Fux), Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini), Messiah (Händel), Gloria (Vivaldi), Magnificat em Talha Dourada (Eurico Carrapatoso) and Missa Crioula (Ariel Ramirez).

Sofia holds a bachelor degree in Archaeology, from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

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