B i o g r a p h y
Growing up in Ipswich and the Western Suburbs of Brisbane, Sophie’s love of music began at a young age when she began studying flute in primary school. Her studies shortly afterwards extended to both singing and theory of music, eventually leading to the completion of multiple ANZCA music qualifications. She then went on to graduate from the University of Southern Queensland with a Bachelor of Education with Distinction, whilst continuing private singing tuition with Douglas McRae and studies in German at the Goethe Institut.
Over the last eight years, Sophie has performed numerous leading roles within Queensland community theatre companies, most notably, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Cosette in Les Misérables and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Other highlights include, Opera Queensland’s Project Puccini La Boheme (2014) and graduating from the Pacific Opera Young Artist Program (2018), in which she made her Sydney Opera House debut. As well as performing with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dr Nicholas Milton AM for their A Star-Spangled Gala (2020), in which she sang selections from the Great American Songbook including a reprisal of a West Side Story classic.
Looking back to high school where it all began, Sophie made her stage debut in a production of West Side Story in the role of Consuelo and understudy for Maria, so it was only fitting that in 2019 she made her professional and principal debut as Maria in Opera Australia, GWB Entertainment and BB Group’s touring production of West Side Story. This production saw her tour not only Australia, but New Zealand and Germany, in which she debuted in some of Europe’s most prestigious opera houses, Semperoper (Dresen) and Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin). Sophie received praise from critics for her “heavenly soprano voice” and ability to “easily navigate the demands of the score” while ensuring “Maria’s journey from…dreamy lover to broken young woman is authentic as it is impactful” (Stage Whispers, Alex Armstrong 2019).
Since then, Sophie has played the role of Rosina in Opera Australia’s 2020 NSW School’s Tour of The Barber of Seville and was also selected as the recipient of the 2020 Australian Opera Awards Committee Dame Joan Sutherland Award. More recently she has become a Principal Young Artist with Opera Australia and to much excitement and anticipation, covered the role of Hanna Glavari in Opera Australia’s most recent production of The Merry Widow, in what marked their return to the Sydney Opera House since the COVID-19 shutdown. Sophie is now pleased to announce that she will be returning to the role of Maria once again in the production of West Side Story which is set to tour to both Perth and Brisbane.