Sophie Rashbrook is a writer, librettist, opera dramaturg and surtitler, and a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 2019-20. Her studies on the Guildhall Operamakers MA are supported by a scholarship, and her opera libretto, Grace, premiered at Milton Court Studio Theatre in July 2019, with music by Maeve McCarthy. Recent and current writing projects include commissions for: Garsington Opera (a new Don Giovanni dialogue script for the Alvarez Young Artists), the Royal Opera House (Opera Dots workshop script for ages 0-5 in September), and Welsh National Opera (Dramaturg to Jo Davies on the Autumn 2019 Welsh National Opera production of Carmen). An excerpt from her play, ‘Ralph: The Life and Adventures of an Enemy Alien’, inspired by the late set designer and Kindertransportee, Ralph Koltai, will be performed at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House in September 2019.
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. She speaks fluent French and Russian and spent a year playing the ‘cello at the St Petersburg Conservatoire.
As a producer, editor, surtitler, and opera expert, her clients include: the Royal Opera House, Longborough Opera (for which she is Programme Editor), Garsington Opera, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Opera Cup, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Dorling Kindersley, Warner Classics and Askonas Holt.