Sophie KarthäuserMore Info
With the financial support of the British Council and the Belgian Foundation for
Talent, soprano Sophie Karthäuser completed her studies with Noelle Barker at the Guildhall
School of Music and Drama.
Ms. Karthäuser has performed with such prestigious ensembles and orchestras as the Academy
of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissants, La Petite Bande, Les Folies Françoises, Akademie
für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, under
conductors such as Louis Langrée, Kent Nagano, William Christie, René Jacobs, Marc
Minkowski, Kazushi Ono, Christian Zacharias, Thomas Hengelbrock, Nikolaus Harnoncourt,
Jérémie Rhorer, Kurt Masur, and Riccardo Chailly.
Ms. Karthäuser is a past winner of the audience prize at the Wigmore Hall song contest.
She has appeared in recital with such pianists as Graham Johnson, Eugene Asti, David
Lively, and Cédric Tiberghien at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, La Monnaie,
Flanders Opera, Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Nantes, Opéra National de Bordeaux, and Kölner
Ms. Karthäuser made her role debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with René Jacobs
at La Monnaie, and as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with William Christie at Opéra
de Lyon. Other Mozart roles include Tamiri in Il re pastore at the Théâtre des
Champs-Élysées; Serpetta in La finta giardiniera at Berlin's Konzerthaus; Despina
in Così fan tutte and Zerlina in Don Giovanni at La Monnaie; Ilia in
Idomeneo at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, in Salzburg, and in Bremen; and Sandrina
in La finta giardiniera in Vienna with René Jacobs.
Ms. Karthäuser's discography includes a solo album of Grétry arias (awarded a Diapason
Découverte), the complete Mozart songs, Mozart arias with Kazushi Ono and La Monnaie
Symphony Orchestra, and Handel's Faramondo (awarded the Grand Prix de l'Académie
Charles Cros). A recording of her performing the title role of Handel's Susanna
with Les Arts Florissants will be released by Virgin Classics, as well as a disc of French
melodies inspired by Verlaine, on Cypres Records.