Sophie Rashbrook is a writer, librettist, opera dramaturg and surtitler. Previously a Junior Artist Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she received a Distinction for the Operamakers MA.
Her song cycle text for Cheryl Frances-Hoad, ‘Six Songs of Melmoth’, was commissioned by Oxford Lieder Festival and will be premiered on 13th October by soprano Carolyn Sampson and pianist Joseph Middleton. Other recent/forthcoming commissions include an aria text for the National Opera Studio’s 12:42 project and ‘Nature is returning’, a song text for the Lockdown Songbook (a City Music Project by mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston, which is now being recorded by Delphian Records).
She enjoys exploring opera in all its forms, and has worked as a writing companion to Guildhall students on the digital performance, ‘Lifesongs’ (dir. Dinah Stabb and Jamie Bradley), and has hosted the ‘Wagner’s Women’ podcast for Longborough opera. She is currently collaborating with Dr Rob Fokkens on the Ty Cerdd CoDI Opera Project, mentoring six composers as they explore the art form.
Formerly Dramaturg at Welsh National Opera (2013-16), she holds a first-class degree in Russian and French and an MPhil in Russian Studies from Cambridge University, as well as a distinction in Opera Making from the Guildhall School. She speaks fluent French and Russian and spent an extremely very humbling year playing the ‘cello at the St Petersburg Conservatoire.
Her writing has been performed by the Garsington Opera’s Alvarez Young Artists (Magic Flute and Don Giovanni dialogue); Opera Dots workshops for young children at the Royal Opera House. Excerpts from her play, ‘Ralph’s Story’, inspired by the late set designer and Kindertransportee, Ralph Koltai, have been performed at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and The Other Room, Cardiff.
As a producer, editor, surtitler, and opera expert, she has worked for: the Royal Opera House, Longborough Opera, Garsington Opera, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Opera Cup, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Dorling Kindersley, Warner Classics and Askonas Holt.