Soprano Sophie Thompson is a vocalist and actor, quickly establishing herself in NYC. She is a versatile performer known for her honest performances and comedic roles in opera, operetta, and classic musical theatre. Sophie is often praised for her clear diction, “pure soprano, and immaculate [musical] articulation.” She values herself as a collaborative musician, interpreting art song, contemporary opera, and chamber music.
This season, Sophie is making her debut with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, after having sung the role with the College Light Opera Company in summer 2021. Other credits include Aline in The Sorcerer, Phoebe in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Trio in Trouble in Tahiti, Eliza in Dark Sisters, Jessie in Mahagonny Songspiel, Bubikopf in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Oberto (Morgana cover) in Alcina, Elisetta in Il Matrimonio Segreto, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.
Sophie was recently announced as a Quarterfinalist for the 2022 American Vocal Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia. She also was a Semifinalist in the 2020 Lotte Lenya Competition. She received First Prize in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition and Second Prize in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition. She also won the Concerto Competitions at the Eastman School of Music and Carnegie Mellon University with Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations and sang the piece with both schools’ respective orchestras.
Sophie has an affinity for German language, Opera/Operetta, and Lieder. In her undergraduate degree, she received a certificate in German Studies and spent a summer in Bonn, Germany, at the Goethe Institut. One of her favorite styles is Viennese operetta. In 2015 she performed her first operatic role as Almina in Zehn Mädchen und kein Mann by Suppé, covered Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus in 2016, and in 2017 performed a recital of Viennese operetta arias and ensembles.
Sophie graduated with a Master of Music at the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Kathryn Cowdrick. She also holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with Jennifer Aylmer.
Updated November 2021