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Sophie Koch

Biography

Country: France  
Sophie Koch is a French soprano who in the late 1990s started to establish a career in leading opera houses as a lyric mezzo-soprano. She is particularly suited to trouser roles.

She studied at the Paris Conservatory with the great singer Jane Berbié. She graduated with a First Prize and then won the top prize in the 's Hertogenbosch Competition.

She began her singing career in France and in the 1997-1998 season debuted as Rosina
Read more in The Barber of Seville at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London. She followed that up in the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte. (Both operas were conducted by Sir Colin Davis).

She has also sung in the Vienna Festwochen, the Bastille Opera in Paris, Dresden's Semperoper, the Vienna State Opera, La Scala in Milan, and La Monnaie in Brussels.

Koch has a very large repertory. It includes not only standards such as Hansel und Gretel, Il Barbieri di Siviglia, Zauberflöte, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Werther, Faust, Verdi's Falstaff, and Don Carlos, but also early operas such as L'Incoronazione de Poppea, La Favola d'Orfeo, Dido and Aeneas, and Ascanio. Her twentieth-century repertory includes Prokofiev's The Love of Three Oranges and Fiery Angel, Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortileges, and L'Heure Espagnole, and Laurent Petitgirard's Elephant Man.

She sings concert and oratorio performances of such works as the Bach's Magnificat, B minor Mass, and St. Matthew Passion, Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ, Franck's Les Béatitudes, and Honegger's Judith.

As already noted, she excels in travesti roles, including Prince Orlovsky in Fledermaus, Octavian in Rosenkavalier, The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, Mozart's Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Niklausse in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and others. Read less
Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmelites / Rhorer, Koch, Petibon, Gens, Piau
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Erato (Dvd)  
Catalog: 4622069   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 1.
    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Stoyanova, Koch, Groissbock, Erod, Erdmann
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 719308 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Sophie Koch,  Rudolf Schasching,  Silvana Dussmann,  Mojca Erdmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus
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    Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmelites / Rhorer, Koch, Petibon, Gens, Piau
    Label: Erato (Dvd)   Catalog: 4622069 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Sophie Koch,  Véronique Gens,  Patricia Petibon,  Sandrine Piau  ... 
    Conductor:  Jérémie Rhorer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4621953 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau,  Patricia Petibon,  Véronique Gens,  Sophie Koch  ... 
    Conductor:  Jérémie Rhorer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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    Massenet: Werther / Plasson, Kaufmann, Koch, Tezier, Paris Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002014859 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Sophie Koch,  Ludovic Tézier,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Anne-Catherine Gillet
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Children's Chorus,  Paris National Opera Orchestra
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  • 5.
    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Thielemann, Fleming, Dean Smith, Koch [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001809559 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Sophie Koch,  Robert Dean Smith,  Renée Fleming,  Jane Archibald
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Thielemann, Fleming, Dean Smith, Koch, Archibald
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001809409 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Robert Dean Smith,  Sophie Koch,  Jane Archibald
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 7.
    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Fleming, Koch, Damrau, Munich Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001620102 Release Date: 10/02/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Franz Grundheber,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Jane Henschel,  Diana Damrau  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Massenet: Werther / Pappano, Villazon, Koch, Iversen, Nakamura
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779340 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Alain Verhes,  Darren Jeffery,  Audun Iversen,  Eri Nakamura  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Choral Works - Bach, Biber, Brahms, Faure, Krenek, Mahler, Monteverdi
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908520 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Brett,  Ingrid Schmithüsen,  Peter Kooy,  Howard Crook  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Marcus Creed,  Kent Nagano,  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Musique Oblique,  Les Petits Chanteurs de St. Louis  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Nagano, Deutsches So Berlin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501858 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Sophie Koch,  Sylvia Greenberg,  Sally Matthews,  Lynne Dawson  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Windsbach Boys Choir,  Middle German Radio Chorus Leipzig
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    Amor - Strauss: Opera Scenes & Lieder / Dessay, Pappano
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 41933 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Sophie Koch,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Massenet: Werther / Plasson, Kaufmann, Koch, Tezier, Paris Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001479409 Release Date: 10/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Ludovic Tézier,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Sophie Koch,  Anne-Catherine Gillet
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Children's Chorus,  Paris National Opera Orchestra
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    Live From The Royal Opera House - Gounod: Faust / Gheorghiu
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31611 Release Date: 10/05/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Sophie Koch,  Angela Gheorghiu,  Bryn Terfel,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 14.
    Mozart: Complete Operas [33 DVDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001470109 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Chaya Czernowin
    Performer:  Elina Garanca,  Michael Schade,  Dorothea Röschmann,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Riccardo Muti,  Roger Norrington,  Manfred Honeck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt
    Label: Aeon   Catalog: 1098 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Inger Dam-Jensen,  Sophie Koch
    Conductor:  Guillaume Tourniaire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geneva Motet Choir,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Thielemann, Fleming, Damrau, Koch
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001343109 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann,  Franz Hawlata,  Sophie Koch,  Diana Damrau  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges, Ma mère l'oye / Rattle
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64197 Release Date: 04/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Soren Von Billerbeck,  José Van Dam,  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Sylke Schwab  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Edvard Grieg & Henrik Ibsen: Peer Gynt
    Label: Aeon   Catalog: 642 Release Date: 04/01/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Inger Dam-Jensen,  Sophie Koch,  Vegar Vardal
    Conductor:  Guillaume Tourniaire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Geneva Motet Choir
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  • 19.
    Richard Strauss: Lieder / Sophie Koch, Philippe Entremont
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3117 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont,  Sophie Koch
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  • 20.
    Eisler: Deutsche Sinfonie / Inbal, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5031 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hanns Eisler
    Performer:  Eike Wilm Schulte,  Kurt Rydl,  Carolin Masur,  Sophie Koch  ... 
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French Radio New Philharmonic Orchestra,  Maîtrise de Radio France
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  • 21.
    Petitgirard: Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557608-09 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Laurent Petitgirard
    Performer:  Nicolas Courjal,  Nicolas Rivenq,  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Sophie Koch  ... 
    Conductor:  Laurent Petitgirard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Theater Opera Chorus of Paris,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Amor - Strauss: Opera Scenes & Lieder / Dessay, Pappano
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 45705 Release Date: 11/02/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Sophie Koch,  Felicity Lott,  Angelika Kirchschlager  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos / Davis, Anthony
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2909 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Thom Christoph,  Susan Anthony,  Friedrich Wilhelm Junge,  Sophie Koch  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden State Opera Orchestra
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  • 24.
    20th Century Portraits - Bloch: Hiver-printemps, Etc
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 67076 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch
    Performer:  Tabea Zimmermann,  Reinhold Friedrich,  Sophie Koch
    Conductor:  Steven Sloane
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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    20th Century Portraits - Egon Wellesz: The Dawn Of Spring
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 67077 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Egon Wellesz
    Performer:  Regina Klepper,  Sophie Koch
    Conductor:  Roger Epple
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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