British mezzo soprano Sophie Dicks is an alumni of the Royal Northern College of Music where she trained to Masters level. She now studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Anne Mason. Sophie’s studies are supported by a Leverhulme scholarship, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, The Aspinwall Educational Trust and a private sponsor in Manchester.
At the RNCM, Sophie sang the role of Varochka in Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki and Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Roles for RNCM excerpts include Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Angelina, Tisbe (La Cenerentola) and Hermia (A Midsummer Nights Dream). At the RWCMD she recently sang the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
Professionally, Sophie has worked with Buxton Festival Opera where she covered Lotinka in Dvorak’s The Jacobin and sang in the chorus. She began working with Opera Holland Park in 2015 where she was one of the Christine Collins Young Artists, singing the role of Mallika in Delibes’ Lakmé. Also for OHP she has covered the role of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and she sang Suzy in Martin Lloyd Evans’ 2017 production of Puccini’s La Rondine. She recently made her role and company debut singing Dorabella for Opera Holloway’s touring production of Cosi fan Tutte.
On the concert platform works include, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Haydn Theresienmessen, Handel’s Messiah, Durufle Requiem and Rutter’s Feel the Spirit.
Awards include the Freckleton and Doherty cup for singing in 2011, the Annie Ridyard Scholarship for Mezzo-Sopranos and she was an International Opera Awards bursary recipient in 2013. Sophie has been fortunate enough to participate in masterclasses with Rosalind Plowright OBE, Sarah Connolly CBE, Dame Felicity Palmer, Dame Ann Murray and Rebecca Evans.
Future engagements include Third Lady (The Magic Flute) for the RWCMD Summer Opera conducted by Gareth Jones and a return to Opera Holloway for their tour of I Capuleti E I Montecchi singing the role of Romeo.
Musicians’ Company Award: RCM Lambert Scholarship 2014
Page Updated: May 2018