Anglo-Venezuelan soprano Sofia Kirwan-Baez spent most of her early life in France. She started playing the violin in El Sistema in Caracas, Venezuela. She later began piano studies, continuing on with both instruments in the Périgueux Conservatoire, where her vocal tuition commenced at the age of 16.
At home in a diverse stylistic range of music spanning Renaissance to contemporary repertoire, she has premiered roles in operas by Marco Galvani (Autopilot Saves Model S) and Toby Young (Witch!). Other operatic roles have included Juno (The Fairy Queen), Cis (Albert Herring), and the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience.
An accomplished choral musician, Sofia has performed with groups including Genesis Sixteen, St John’s College Chapel Choir, Schola Cantorum, and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. As well as being a regular recitalist, her solo concert appearances have included Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.
Sofia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from St. John’s College, Oxford, during which time she studied with Kathryn Harries and Glenville Hargreaves. She completed her Masters degree on a scholarship at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the studio of Suzanne Murphy, where her studies were generously supported by Rotary International.
In September 2021, she will join the Opera Course at the Royal College of Music as a scholar.
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Previous roles and works
Bernstein's Candide (Chorus)
Britten's Albert Herring (Cissie Woodger)
Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb
Da Gagliano's La Dafne (Venus)
Jasper Dommett's Coram Boy (Miss Price)
Donizetti's Elisir d'Amore (Adina)
Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (Alisa)
Donizetti's Rita (Rita)
Finzi's In Terra Pax
Galvani's Autopilot Saves Model S (Annalyn Kurtz 3)
Mahler's 4th Symphony (Soprano Solos)
Mozart's Exultate Jubilate
Mozart's die Zauberflöte (Papagena)
Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna)
Poulenc's La Voix Humaine (Elle)
Purcell's The Fairy Queen (Juno)
Sullivan's Patience (Patience)
Weir's King Harald's Saga
Toby Young's Witch! (Emma)