Sophie was born in Leeds to English and French, Jewish parents and began singing after initially studying the classical guitar and the ‘cello. She was a recent Young Artist with the National Opera Studio.
She is currently based in London and continues her training with John Evans.
Current and future engagements include scenes as Juliette and Lady Macbeth in ‘The Dark side of Shakespeare’ as part of Wexford Festival Opera’s Pocket Opera series, as well as chorus in the mainstage shows; the title role in Alcina for the 2021 Grimeborn Festival in London, with Ensemble OrQuesta; assistant directing for Random Opera's Don Pasquale - filmed on location at Glyndebourne, and assistant directing for Ensemble OrQuesta for their collaboration project with Hampstead Garden Opera.
Previous to her time at NOS, Sophie gained a BMus in Music from The University of Birmingham; and an MA in Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama;
where she was awarded the inaugural Philippa Seligman Award for Excellence, Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award, the Leverhulme scholarship, Jenkin-Philips awards, the Dolan Evans duet award, and the Valetta Iacoppi operatic aria prize two years running.
During 2019/20 Sophie delved into the character of Donna Anna covering the role for Longborough Festival Opera's production of Don Giovanni, and subsequently performing the role on tour around south east England with Merry Opera.
Other principal roles have included Romilda (Xerse - Cavalli), Susanna and Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Clorinda (Cenerentola), Vixen Sharp-ears (The Cunning Little Vixen), Adina (L’Elisir d’amore).
Concert highlights have included performing the 3rd Mvt from Gorecki’s Symphony of sorrowful songs in the Howard Assembly room with the orchestra of Opera North, conducted by Tony Kraus.
Sophie made her first concerted 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 collaborate with the Baroque collective Ensemble OrQuesta in both performing and directing roles. In 2021 she will assist on productions of Handel’s Teseo and Cavalli’s L’Egisto.
Sophie's studies have been generously supported by the Lionel Anthony Charitable Trust, Christopher Ball, Kathleen Trust, Mario Lanza Educational Foundation and Help Musicians UK.
When she’s not performing or directing Sophie very much enjoys her side hustles as a private dog walker, and a bra fitter. Not at the same time, yet...
Sophie Levi as Romilda sings with an assured baroque gloss and portrays her conflicting emotions with real depth.
Among the most mesmerising moments are.....Ottavia’s farewell – grandly and searingly sung by Sophie Levi
A densely coloured soprano
Soprano Sophie Levi provided radiant tone.