Sophia Patsi

Sophia Patsi
Alto , Mezzo-soprano , Singers
A versatile young singer, acclaimed for her "rich and velvety low register" , Sophia appeared the last 2 seasons both as a soloist and as ensemble member in international stages and festivals some of which are the Festival d' Ambronay, Auditorium de Lyon, Grand Opera d'Avignon, Concertgebouw, Ljubljana Early Music Festival,  Utrecht Early Music Festival, Göttingen International Handel Festspiele , Stockholm Early Music Festival, International Bach Chamber Music Festival in Riga, Heinrich Schütz Musikfest in Dresden, Opera Noord Holland etc.
Most recently Sophia participated in the 2-per-voice-coro of  L'Orfeo - Monteverdi in the Opera de Dijon with Les Traversées Baroques (dir. Etienne Meyer), performed the opening act of Jordi Savall's concert in the Auditorium de Lyon with the ensemble Seconda Pratica (dir. Nuno Atalaia, Jonatan Alvarado) and sung the Alto solo parts of both Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Szymanowski's Stabat Mater with the Mannheim Koor & Orkest (dir. Quentin Clare)
In recording  Sophia is to be heard in the choir of "Le Temple et le desir" in music by Mazzochi with the Ensemble Elyma (under the baton of mr Gabriel Garrido), singing Veneziano's music in the choir of "Christmas in Naples" of the Ensemble Odyssee (dir. Andrea Friggi) and as the solo and ensemble Alto  in the first CD recording of Seconda Pratica, "NOVA EUROPA "(release November 2016, Harmonia Mundi, Ambronay Editions).
As a soloist she has performed in productions in the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Austria and worked with conductors such as Etienne Siebens, Gabriel Garrido, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel, Richard Egarr, Andres Locatelli, Alfredo Bernandini, Sigiswald Kuijken, Marcus Creed, Ivo Meinen, Teunis van der Zwart, Menno van Delft and more.
Sophia collaborates also with professional ensembles in the Netherlands such as the Nederlands Kamerkoor, Musica Temprana, Nederlandse Bachvereniging and is the resident alto singer of the early music ensembles Seconda Pratica and Himeros.
Always "thirsty" for more knowledge she followed coachings, lessons and masterclasses with Margreet Honig, Janet Williams, Lillian Watson, Nadine Secunde, Richard Egarr, Rosa Dominguez, Christa Ludwig, Ghena Dimitrova, Claron McFadden, Fabian Schofrin etc.
Sophia has been awarded in competitions (2nd prize in the 21st National Singing Competition in Greece, finalist in the Maria Callas scholarship/award on 2009, audience prize in the Prix d’Harmonie competition in Rotterdam 2010) and has been a K. Kyriacopoulos scholar for the period 2009-2012 and a Sweelinckfonds scholar for the year 2013-2014.
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in a family of musicians, Sophia obtained her Bachelors degree with highest honours in Classical Singing and Opera in the State Conservatory of her hometown on 2009 in the class of the bass, Nikos Kapetas.
Passionate and completely dedicated to music and the art of singing she decided to continue her studies abroad starting in Germany where she studied for a year with prof. Cheryl Studer.
Later, Sophia, moved to the Netherlands, where she currently resides, and followed double training : Early Music under the guidance of  Xenia Meijer and Maarten Koningsberger and Classical Singing under the guidance of Valerie Guillorit towards a Masters degree. Currently she is coached  by Hanneke de Wit.
Sophia is soon to be heard in the roles of Speranza (Orfeo) and Ericlea (Ulisse) in a Monteverdi Triptych in Schwetzingen Festival in Germany (May 2017) and in the role of Messagiera (Orfeo) in Lisbon (September 2017), in all 3 collaborating with the ensemble "La Venexiana".
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