B i o g r a p h y
Manchester-born mezzo soprano Sophie Dicks made her debut with Welsh National Opera in 2019 singing Vera Boronel in Menotti's The Consul. Sophie is an alumni of the RWCMD Opera school, the RNCM and the RCM. Her studies were supported by a Leverhulme scholarship, the Shirley Bassey Scholarship, a Sybil Tutton Award from Help Musicians, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, The Aspinwall Educational Trust and a private sponsor in Manchester. Sophie studies privately with mezzo soprano, Anne Mason.
Roles include Varochka / Moscow Cheryomushki - Shostakovich, Orfeo / Orfeo ed Euridice - Gluck (RNCM), Mallika / Lakmé - Delibes, Prince Orlofsky (cover) / Die Fledermaus - Strauss II, Suzy / La Rondine - Puccini (Opera Holland Park), Wife #2 / Madame X - Tim Benjamin (Radius Opera), Dorabella / Cosi fan Tutte - Mozart, Romeo / I Capuleti e I Montecchi - Bellini (Opera Holloway), Angelina / La Cenerentola - Rossini and Third Lady / The Magic Flute - Mozart , Mrs Herring / Albert Herring - Britten (RWCMD) and Prometheus / The Fire of Olympus - Tim Benjamin (Radius Opera).
On the concert platform works include, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Dvorak Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, Duruflé Requiem and Rutter’s Feel the Spirit. Awards include the Freckleton and Doherty Cup for Singing, the Annie Ridyard Scholarship, the Dorothy Davies Ingram Award, and the Valetta Iacopi Memorial Award, and she was a finalist in the 2018 Dunraven Welsh Young Singer of the Year. Sophie was also a recipient of an International Opera Awards Bursary in 2013.
Future engagements include a return to Welsh National Opera to cover Ninette in Les Vepres Siciliennes and a return to Opera Holland Park for their 2020 collaboration with Charles Court Opera singing the role of Kate in The Pirates of Penzance.