Born into a family of musicians, Swiss-Romanian soprano, Sophie Negoïta, began her musical education at a young age. As a child, Sophie was already performing as a soloist and chorister at notable theaters such as Opéra de Lausanne and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Sophie received a higher certificate in recorder with the highest marks and then pursued a bachelor’s degree in singing at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne in Brigitte Balleys’ class. Sophie received her master’s degree in vocal performance summa cum laude from the Mozarteum University of Salzburg (2021), where she studied voice with Barbara Bonney and Lied with Wolfgang Holzmair. Sophie has also studied with Stuart Patterson, Danielle Borst, and Rachel Bersier.
Sophie’s repertoire is varied and versatile, singing everything from early music, oratorio, and Lied to contemporary music and standard classical works. Her operatic repertoire includes Mrs. Coyle in Britten’s Owen Wingrave, Quivera in Purcell’s The Indian Queen, Venus and Cupid in Purcell’s King Arthur, and Cupid in Venus and Adonis by John Blow. Sophie’s solo concert repertoire includes Poulenc’s Gloria, Haydn's Nelsonmesse, Bach's St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, Stravinsky's Mass, Mozart's Requiem, and Schumann’s Der Rose Pilgefahrt. A passionate Lied singer, Sophie’s long-standing collaboration with pianist Jansen Ryser has led to concerts in throughout Switzerland, as well as to the International Lili and Nadia Boulanger Competition in Paris. At the start of 2022, the duo began a Postgraduate study in Lied Collaboration at the Mozarteum under the tutelage of Stephan Genz.
This season, Sophie appeared twice with Opéra de Lausanne, singing Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro alongside Lea Desandre as Cherubino (directed by James Gray) and Clara in Auberge du Cheval Blanc. With OperMozarteum, Sophie sang Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. She sang the soprano solo in Honegger's Cris du Monde with maestro Daniel Reuss and Ensemble Vocal Lausanne at the Salle Métropole in Lausanne. A first recital with renowned theorbist, Miguel Rincón, this season will be the beginning of a collaboration that will continue
with more concerts in Switzerland and abroad.
Sophie suffered numerous cancellations due to Covid-19. Prior to the pandemic, she was scheduled to make her debut at the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, singing the soprano solo in Mozart’s Requiem and Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle under the direction of Daniel Reuss. Additional performance cancellations include Lieschen Bach’s Kaffee Kantate with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and maestro Arie van Beek, and Moart’s Exsultate Jubilate with Maestro Nicolae Moldoveanu and the Targu Mûres Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania.
Sophie has worked with esteemed conductors and directors such as: Gianluca Capuano, Daniel Reuss, Jean-Yves Ossonce, Philippe Huttenlocher, James Gray, Gilles Rico, Damiano Michieletto, and Omar Porras.
"Barbarina's aria is the shortest in the score (not even two minutes), but it left time to appreciate the delicious voice of Sophie Negoïta."
- Forum Opéra
"[Sophie Negïota] let the unnamed angelic soprano (...) soar from the left organ gallery to the highest heights. Fascinating, astonishing."