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Sophie Burns is an Australian mezzo soprano based in Barcelona, Spain.



This season Sophie will be taking on the title role in one of the most iconic operas ever written- Bizet’s Carmen. 


This role debut will also see Sophie make her house debut at the Palau de la Música Catalana, a treasured stage and one of the two most important theatres in the city. 


Another exciting addition to the coming season will be her debut of Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Sophie will perform the role both at the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Teatre Casino L'Aliança del Poblenou under the baton of Maestro Adolf Gassol. 

In addition to her work as a soloist, this season Sophie has the privilege of being selected for the second time by Teodor Currentzis to perform among his ‘chorus of soloists’ Utopia Choir, within their program for the coming Salzberger Festspiele

Sophie will join Utopia in the performances of Don Giovanni, conducted by Maestro Currentzis and directed by the legendary Romeo Castellucci. 

Also within the festival, Sophie will perform Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the choir at the iconic

Haus für Mozart in the heart of the city of Salzburg. 


Within the previous season of 2023, Sophie was honoured to make her solo debut at the

Donizetti Opera Festival singing the role of Abra in the leading production of the festival; Il Diluvio Universale. This production received immense praise, conducted by highly acclaimed Maestro Riccardo Frizza alongside the trailblazing direction of MASBEDO.  


Further, Sophie performed the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with Opera Pannonica in their tour of the production within the Summer Music Festival beginning in Groznjan, Croatia and touring to several outdoor venues across the country. 



Previous operatic highlights include repeat appearances at Opera de Tenerife, Spain singing Zulma (L’Italiana in Algeri), Giovanna (Rigoletto) and Zweite Maedchen (Der Zwerg). 

In addition, Sophie has performed widely throughout Europe singing the roles of

Zulma (L’Italiana in Algeri) Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte) Teatro Garibaldi, Maddalena (Rigoletto) Teatro Savoia, Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana) Opera la Laghetto, and Mercedes (Opera Brava) the UK, Maestra delle Novizie and Badessa and covering Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica) with both Vienna Summer Opera Festival and Berlin Opera Academy. 


In 2018/19 Sophie was fortunate to have been selected as one of eleven young artists from all over the world to take part in Opera de Tenerife’s Opera (e)Studio. This opera studio allowed Sophie the opportunity to make her professional Spanish debut at Opera Tenerife singing the role of Zulma in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri under the baton of Maestro Nikolas Nagele while the production was directed by Giorgia Guerra. 


Throughout her career thus far Sophie has been the recipient of many awards and honors that have further supported her development as an artist. Most recently Sophie was a prize winner and finalist in the Elizabeth Connell Award for Young Dramatic Voices. This award from the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation was immensely generous and supports Sophie’s next steps in her career as a young artist. In addition, Sophie was selected as Young Artist by the Richard Wagner Society Australia, received the Hugh Rogers Scholarship for the Acclaim Italian Opera Awards, and was named Scholar of the Year by the Maroondah Singers Melbourne.


As a young singer Sophie has been selected to take part in several prestigious masterclasses with world-class artists such as Daniela Barcellona with GV Management, Mariella Devia at Opera de Tenerife, Luciana Serra and Maestro Vincenzo Scalera at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala and Giulio Zappa again at Opera de Tenerife.


Sophie is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University Australia. In support of her studies and to award excellence in performance, Sophie was given the Barbara Bishop Hewitt Scholarship for excellence in performance.


A keen linguist, Sophie has also spent many years honing her Italian, French and German; all of which she is able to speak to a high degree. 

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