Sophia Grech Mezzo Soprano
Renowned mezzo-soprano Sophia Grech has enjoyed a busy international career over the last 20 years and is described by Decca Records as 'an excellent artist with a lovely overall colour to her voice and a strong projection throughout a considerable range', and by The Sunday Times as a 'singer who delivers without effort, displaying inner feelings and sensitivity'. Travelling extensively Sophia has gained considerable acclaim for her countless performances at leading concert halls, opera houses and international festivals worldwide, which has lead to a number of awards, media interviews and recordings.
Sophia graduated from the Royal College of Music in 1995 having won a number of prestigious awards, today she is regularly invited to give masterclasses at universities and music colleges across Europe, Canada and the USA.
Sophia is equally at home on the concert platform and in opera, appearing as a principal with various opera companies her favourite role is 'Carmen'; The Sunday Times highlighted her performance as " fiery and elegant".
Sophia has appeared with The Maltese National Theatre Opera (BOV), The Royal Opera House, London Early Opera, Stowe Opera UK and many others. Roles include 'Il Gara' in Charles Camilleri's Il Wheda, 'Sadie' in Roxanna Panufnik's Time Piece, 'Mercedees' in Bizet's Carmen, 'Cherubino' Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro, and 'Dorabella' in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte.
Sophia has a particular love of art song and is an accomplished recital artist, she has given recitals at most of the UK's prestigious venues from the Royal Festival Hall in London to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Birmingham NEC, regularly collarorating with a number of exceptional artists including guitarist Milos Karadaglic, legendary baroque trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins, pianist Eleonora Bekova from the celebrated Bekova trio and renowned American trumpeter John Holt.
Recitals at international festivals include the English Music Festival (UK), Great Romantics Festival (Canada),
Prague Spring Festival (Czech Republic), Barcelona International Festival, Malta National Festival, Victoria International Arts Festival (Gozo), Festival Europa Classica Toro Del Mar (Spain), Manchester Midday Concerts (UK), Oklahoma State Music Series (USA), International Festival Villa De Nerja (Spain), South Bohemia International Festival (Czech Republic), Steinway Hall Recital Series Texas (USA), Guilford International Festival (UK), Malaga Arts Festival (Spain), L'escala-Empuries International Music Festival (Spain), Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Arts Series (USA), La Linea International Music Festival (Spain), East Oklahoma Music Series (USA), Buckingham Summer Festival (UK), Granada Arts Festival (Spain), Girona Music Festival (Spain) and many more.
Sophia has also been invited to give guest recitals at Embassies in London including the Canadian, Maltese, Spanish, Serbian and Venezuelan Embassies. On the concert platform Sophia has performed a number of song cycles with orchestras, one of her favourite works is Elgar's Sea Pictures; most recently performed with The National Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria (Alan Chircop) and the Transylvanian Philharmonic Orchestra (Spain). Other song cycles include Cantaloupe's Songs of the Auvergne at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (DCO), Berlioz Les Nuits D'ete with the City Chamber Ensamble in London and De Falla's Siete Canciones populares Espanolas at the Purcell Room and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Sophia has appeared as a soloist in a number of choral works including, Vivaldi Gloria with the Oxford Harmonic Society at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, Mozarts Coronation Mass with the Malta National Orchestra/Chorus at the National Theatre Malta, Mozart's Requiem at Hanover Square London, with the Orpheus Sinfonia conducted by Andrew Gourlay and introduced by Dame Judi Dench, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Malaga Symphony Orchestra/Chorus (Spain), Rossini's Petite Messe, with the Oxford Harmonic Society in Oxford and many more.
Sophia has Maltese roots and has given concerts as well as dozens of television and radio interviews in Malta since the successful release of her solo CD Mal-Kant-Tal-Bahar (songs of the sea). Performances include the National Theatre, with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, which was broadcast on television and recitals at the Malta International Arts Festival and Victoria International Festival with pianist Eleonora Bekova. In 2005 Sophia was invited to give a concert for The President Of Malta at San Anton Palace.
Sophia has recorded for numerous recording companies and has given dozens of international tours, TV appearances and interviews since the successful release of a number of recordings. Sophia has a strong interest in contemporary music and has recorded contemporary works for Crystal Records in the USA with trumpeter John Holt, "Sophia Grech gets to the core of the Emily Dickinson texts with rich tonal shading and a deep feeling for the poetic essence", - (Fanfare Magazine USA).
Other recordings include her solo CD The Masters of Song, with pianist Jesus Carrasco, released in Spain in 1998 which was sponsored and promoted by the Spanish Cultural Authorities, Sophia gave dozens of tours across Spain performing songs from the CD to great critical acclaim. In 2004 Sophia released a CD of Maltese songs (EMI/Temple) written for her by the celebrated Maltese composer Charles Camilleri, the CD was released to coincide with Malta joining the European Union, 'In Maltese Sophia has managed to adapt herself so tactfully in delivering Maltese language songs with diction and clarity that few can emulate'. - (The Sunday Times).
Sophia most recent CD, 'Facets 4' was recorded in the USA with American trumpeter John Holt. The CD was released with the International Trumpet Guild in 2016, featuring the contemporary song cycle 'To cast a shadow again', by American composer Eric Ewazen, professor at The Juilliard School in New York.
Sophia has also sang at London's annual charity event The Story of Christmas Appeal, supported by Westminster
Cathedral Choir and alongside a host of famous actors including Aled Jones, Lesley Philips and Geoffrey Palmer.
In 2016 Sophia was invited to sing (alongside 20 international pianists ) at the Peter Fauchtwanger memorial concert at Elztalmuseum concert series in Waldkirch, Germany.
Recent performances include a recital at the Belgrade International Chamber Music Series at Kolarac Concert Hall, with concert pianist Sanja Stefanovic, (broadcast on National Radio Serbia), Spanish song recital with guitarist Milos Karadaglic at Bolivar Concert Hall in London, recital tour in the USA with trumpeter John Holt (Texas, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Missouri), Elgar's Sea Pictures with the LFO at Hanover Square in London conducted by Nicholas Collon and introduced by actor Charles Dance, concerts with trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins and the City Chamber Ensamble in London, Mozart's Requiem with The London Classical Soloists Orchestra and the London Mozart Choir, Opera Gala in France with London Early Opera and Mozart's Solemn Vespers and Requiem with the Oxford Harmonic Society. Sophia also regularly gives concerts as a member of the Crispian Steele-Perkins Trio, along with pianist Leslie Pearson.
Highlights for 2018 include performances throughout the UK, Germany, Italy, Serbia and the USA.
Sophia studied with Professor Margaret Cable from 1985-1996, and was also regularly coached by Robert Sutherland, former coach and pianist to Maria Callas.
Sophia's pianist is the renowned concert pianist Sanja Stefanovic.