Sophie was born in Leeds to English and French parents and began singing after initially studying the classical guitar and the ‘cello. She graduated with a BMus in Music from The University of Birmingham in 2011 and an MA in opera studies from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2016. She was a 2016/17 artist at the National Opera Studio in London.
Her studies have been generously supported by the Lionel Anthony Charitable Trust, Christopher Ball, Kathleen Trust, Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Awards, Leverhulme scholarship, Jenkin-Philips awards & Philippa Seligman Award for Excellence. Whilst at RWCMD she won the the Dolan Evans award in 2016, as well as the Valetta Iacoppi opera prize two years running.
2019/20 engagements included covering Donna Anna for Longborough Festival Opera's production of Don Giovanni and performing Donna Anna for Merry Opera's UK tour.
Future engagements include roles in ‘The Darker side of Shakespeare’ as part of Wexford Festival Opera’s Pocket Opera series as well as chorus in the mainstage shows, and the title role in Alcina during the 2021 Grimeborn Festival in London with Ensemble OrQuesta.
Principal roles have included Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Romilda (Xerse - Cavalli), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Clorinda (Cenerentola), Vixen Sharp-ears (The Cunning Little Vixen), Adina (L’Elisir d’amore).
In spring 2015 Sophie made her debut with Welsh National Opera as 2nd boy in Dominic Cooke’s production of The Magic Flute performing at the Wales Millennium Centre and various locations on tour throughout the UK.
Sophie made her first foray into directing in 2014 staging her production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw in the Dora Stoutzker Hall at the RWCMD. She continues to assistant direct with Ensemble OrQuesta. In 2021 she will assist on productions of Handel’s Teseo and Cavalli’s L’Egisto.
Sophie Levi as Romilda sings with an assured baroque gloss and portrays her conflicting emotions with real depth.
Grandly and searingly sung by Sophie Levi
A densely coloured soprano