Puerto Rican-American soprano, Sophia Burgos, is a passionate interpreter of vocal works ranging from concert repertoire and chamber music to contemporary opera, collaborating with artists in the United States and Europe.
This season Ms. Burgos joins Teodor Currentzis and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for Claude Vivier’s Lonely Child at the Prinzregententheater in Munich and the Bregenzer Festspiele to premiere the role of Lily Briscoe in To The Lighthouse by Zesses Seglias with text by Virginia Woolf based on the book of the same title. She also joins the Het Gelders Orkest and Antonello Manacorda for the premiere of Robin de Raaff's Emily Dickinson Songs for voice and orchestra in Arnhem, Apeldoorn, and Nijmegen, Holland. Future engagements include Bernstein's Songfest with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2018.
In the 2015/16 season, Ms. Burgos made her European operatic debut premiering the title role of Maria Republica by François Paris with Nantes-Angers Opera. Her vengeful portrayal, “a veritable tour de force” (Opéra Magazine) contributed to the production being awarded 2016’s Meilleure Création Musicale prize by the Association Professionnelle de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse. In March of 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.
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 spent a particularly inspiring summer at the Lucerne Festival Academy as a soloist in Luciano Berio's Coro, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and selected for masterclasses and private instruction 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.
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. Under the close mentorship of renowned American soprano Dawn Upshaw, Burgos has performed art song and contemporary music recitals throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley.
In addition to her artistry as a singer, Ms. Burgos is passionate about education and outreach through art, holding a degree and certification in Music Education. She is vegan, and deeply interested in animal rights. 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 Basel, Switzerland pursuing a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Music at the Basel Hochschule für Musik. Her dearest mentors are Barbara Hannigan and Dawn Upshaw.