Anna Sofia Churchill

Soprano

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A little bit about Anna Sofia

Anna Sofia was born in the UK with British and Italian citizenship. She learned the violin, oboe and voice from a young age at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Aged 18, Anna Sofia commenced her studies in Italian and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, gaining an MA (Hons) in 2013, whilst also studying voice with Wilma MacDougall at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Anna Sofia continued her studies with Wilma MacDougall at the RCS on the MMus in Vocal Studies course, graduating in June 2017. Anna Sofia sang the roles of Gretel (Hansel und Gretel, Humperdinck), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte, Mozart) and Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw, Britten) in MMus Opera Scenes. She sang with the RCS Voices at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and in other concerts with the RCS Voices at St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, such as Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. She was delighted to sing the role of the 2nd Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneus at the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio. In her second year, she was generously supported by the Hope Scott Trust.

Anna Sofia has had the delight to participate in numerous master classes with Meribeth Dayme, Matteo dalle Fratte, Arlene Rolph and Rosalind Plowright OBE. Highlights have been singing at the Austrian Masterclass for Singers 2016 under the tutelage of Professor Claudia Visca, the Monteverdi Festival 2016, Cremona with Sonia Prina and Roberta Invernizzi, and at the Altenburg Academy for Music 2017 in the class of Kammersaengerin Gabriele Fontana.

In autumn 2017, Anna Sofia participated in the 29th International Opera Singing Competition of Marmande, the semi finals of the 3rd Opera Competition Raymond Duffaut Jeunes Espoirs 2017 and the Nadia & Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition 2017. She was a semi-finalist at the 2nd Concours International de Chant Lyrique de Vivonne 2019.

Anna Sofia performs regularly with the London Philharmonia Chorus. Concerts have included performances at the Royal Festival Hall, King’s Chapel Cambridge and the Royal Albert Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra. Concerts have included Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem (Philharmonia Orchestra, Karl-Heinz Steffens), Elgar Dream of Gerontius (BBC Concert Orchestra, Christopher Robinson), Mozart Requiem (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Itzhak Perlman), Haydn Creation at Bath Abbey (Bath Philharmonia, Jason Thornton), Verdi’s Requiem (BBC Concert Orchestra, Stephen Cleobury), Mahler Symphony No. 2 (Orchestre National de Lille, Alexandre Bloch), Handel’s Messiah (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Maxim Emelyanchev).

In London 2018, she covered the role of Countess Almavira for Bloomsbury Opera and was a Collaborative Artist with Bach Meets Barolo. In June 2019, Anna Sofia sang the roles of Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) at the Manhattan Opera Studio in New York City, USA, and made her debut singing Musetta at the Carnegie Hall. She had the honour to work with conductor Abdiel Vazquez, Lewis Ehlers (Lombardo Associates), and Roger Malouf (The MET).

Anna Sofia became a Royaumont Laureate in 2020 singing the title role of Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride under the direction of Benjamin Lazar and musical direction of Alphonse Cemin. She was also selected to be a Britten Pears Young Artist 2020 on the Mahler and Late Romantics course; however, this was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.

A recent highlight was singing the role of Tove in an abridged version of Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder at the CNSM of Paris directed by Juliette Journaux. She was also selected to be a semi-finalist at the Corneille International Baroque Competition 2021 - Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique in Normandy, France, where she had the joy of singing the music of Lully, Handel and Purcell.

Anna Sofia currently studies with Gavin Carr in London; Margot Modier, Paris. She looks forward to participating in the CNLB in December 2021 with her duo partner, Juliette Sabbah.

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