SOPHIA BURGOS
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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.

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 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.

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 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, appears at the Bregenzer Festspiele to premiere the role of Lily Briscoe in To The Lighthouse by Zesses Seglias, sings Emily Dickinson songs by Robin de Raaf with Het Gelders Orkest and Antonello Manacorda and will perform a lead role in a new children's opera by Andrew Norman with the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra, both conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

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.
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 and Barbara Hannigan.
 
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 Basel, Switzerland, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Music at the Basel Hochschule für Musik.
 
 
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"...Sophia Burgos’s exquisite-sounding Eoa..."
The Guardian, Andrew Norman, A Trip to the Moon - London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle, July 2017
"Eoa’s community of Moon people communicate chorally in their own language [...] These two terrains are intended, according to the programme notes, to present two entirely separate worlds: domains unrecognisable and fearsome to each other. [...] Sophia Burgos as Eoa created a silvery, mystical texture with an instrument that clearly manifested a progression from diffidence to unabashed confidence."
Bachtrack.com, Andrew Norman, A Trip to the Moon - London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle, July 2017
"Claude Viviers "Lonely Child" prägt eine esoterische Form der Minimal Music aus. In jedem anderen Konzert wäre das ein Highlight gewesen, auch wegen der Gesangssolistin Sophia Burgos, die die faszinierendsten Klangmischungen zwischen instrumental und vokal hinzaubert."
Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Claude Vivier, Lonely Child - Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Teodor Currentzis, April 2017
"Sophia Burgos singt das versunken in Einsamkeit, die Orchesterbegleitung durch das Mahler Chamber Orchestra klingt wie zusammengesammeltes Kinderspielzeug: immer mehr Instrumente, immer mehr klagend, zitternd die Singstimme, ein Schlaf- und Traumlied von weit entfernten Sternen, immer wieder durch heftige Paukenakzente gegliedert. Das war entsprechend packend, verstörend und grandios interpretiert."
Bayerische Staatszeitung, Claude Vivier, Lonely Child - Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Teodor Currentzis, April 2017

Sophia Burgos

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Sophia Burgos

Photo Credit: Kate Lemmon Photography

Sophia Burgos

Photo Credit: Kate Lemmon Photography

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