Having already travelled the world at a young age as the daughter of German diplomats, Sophie Harmsen studied at the University of Cape Town and with Prof. Dr. Edith Wiens and now lives in Berlin with her family.
The mezzo-soprano is particularly in demand as a Mozart interpreter. At the Teatro Real Madrid, she celebrated great successes as Annio in "La clemenza di Tito". Under the direction of René Jacobs, she was a Dorabella with the Freiburger Barockorchester on tour through Europe and Asia.
She sees the collaboration with large symphony orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is an integral part of her artistic journey.
Sophie Harmsen has worked with conductors such as Philipp Ahmann, Frieder Bernius, Adàm Fischer, Philippe Herreweghe, Thomas Hengelbrock, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Andrea Marcon, Helmuth Rilling, Christophe Rousset, Steven Sloane and with ensembles such as: Academy for Early Music Berlin, Anima Eterna , Capella Augustina, Collegium 1704, Concerto Köln, Freiburger Barockorchester as well as Pygmalion. She regularly performs at festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Musikfestival and Bachfest Leipzig. Sophie Harmsen studied at the University of Cape Town and as well in Germany under Prof. Dr. Edith Wiens.
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