Anne-Sofie Søby Jensen
· mezzo soprano & contralto ·
Acclaimed for her characteristic, velvety voice, musicality and charismatic stage presence, Anne-Sofie’s repertoire spans wide: from heartfelt, flowing baroque arias and lush romantic lines to Disney and jazz standards.
She holds an MA in Opera from Royal Academy of Music in London, has frequently sung for the Danish Royal Family, Parliament, on live radio and TV, and has studied and performed alongside internationally acknowledged artists and pedagogues; Susan McCulloch, James Baillieu, Iain Ledingham, Trevor Pinnock, Ulrich Stærk and Neil Semer.
When not performing, Anne-Sofie uses her online platforms of more than 8000 audience members to raise awareness of the arts and talk about mental health and creative entrepreneurship.
Engagements for 2022/2023 includes Rosmira in Handel’s “Partenope” with Capella Neapolitana Antonio Florio for Festivals Malta, Lola in “Cavalleria Rusticana” for Opera Nordsjælland, alto soloist in Handel’s “The Messiah” with Copenhagen Cathedral Choir, “OperaSalonen” concert series at Absalon Kulturhus, Elgar’s “Sea Pictures” with Ensemble Storstrøm and appearances with Copenhagen Opera Festival in 2023.
© Gustav Jensen
“Min salme”-series: “Jeg kender et land”
Jakob Stevns-Lorentzen, pianist
B. Britten: “Puppet, why so?”
Hermia’s aria from
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Naoki Toyomura, pianist
G.F. Handel: “But who may abide” from The Messiah
Royal Masonic Chapel, Amersham Music Festival
Conductor: Iain Ledingham
1. I.P.E. Lange-Müller: Sulamiths Sang i Skovduelunden
2. J. Brahms: Unbewegte laue Luft
3. G. Finzi: It was a lover and his lass
Piano: Cameron Richardson-Eames
G.F. Handel: “Un altra volta ancor” from Partenope
Hampstead Garden Opera, May 2019
Jackson Lane Theatre, London
Arsace: Francis Gush
Conductor: Bertie Baigent
J.S. Bach: “Können Tränen meiner Wangen”
from St Matthew Passion
Duke’s Hall, London
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Grundtvig’s Church Choir
Conductor: Mads Høck
· On STAGE ·
· OFF STAGE ·
· PRESS ·
· Carmen – Carmen (scenes)
· Albert Herring – Florence Pike
· Noye’s Fludde – Mrs Noye
· The Rape of Lucretia – Lucretia (scenes)
· Partenope – Rosmira/Eurimene
· Alcina – Bradamante
· Giulio Cesare – Sesto / Cornelia (scenes)
· Orlando – Orlando (scenes)
· Semele – Juno (role study)
· Hercules – Dejanira (role study)
· Die Zauberflöte – 3rd Lady/3rd Boy
· Madama Butterfly – Suzuki
· L’italiana in Algeri – Isabella (role study)
· Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Rosina (scenes)
· L’enfant et les Sortilégés – L’enfant/Maman
· Eugen Onegin – Olga (scenes)
· Mignon – Mignon (role study)
CONCERT / Oratorio
B Minor Mass, Magnificat, St Matthew Passion (English + German), St John Passion, Christmas Oratorio (English + German), Cantata BWV 34, BWV 170
Les Nuits d’Été (excerpts)
The Dream of Gerontius
The Messiah (415 + 440 hz), Judas Maccabaeus, Dixit Dominus
N. W. Gade
Elverskud (The Mother)
Coronation Mass, Requiem, Sparrow Mass
Petite Messe Solenelle
Missa di Gloria
Anne-Sofie Søby Jensen
is a lyric contralto. Hailing north from Copenhagen, Denmark, Anne-Sofie grew up in a home full of music and creativity. Her first instruments were the cello and the piano, before discovering her love for singing at 14.
After finishing high school in 2010 she got accepted into Copenhagen Pre-Conservatoire (MGK) before beginning her bachelor studies in music and voice at Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2013.
2013 was a fruitful year for Anne-Sofie as she won 3 prizes in the national singing competition “Unge Sangere” as well as signing a contract with the acknowledged Holmen’s Church Choir & Vocal Ensemble, frequently performing for the Danish Royal Family, Danish Parliament, Royal Navy & transmitted on Danish Broadcasting and Radio.
In 2017 Anne-Sofie won a place and a scholarship on the day of auditioning at Royal Academy of Music in London, and proceeded to study on the Preparatory Opera Master Programme with professors Susan McCulloch, Giles Underwood and James Baillieu.
A keen lieder and oratorio recitalist, Anne-Sofie joined RAM’s prestigious Song Circle, was a frequent KOHN Foundation Bach Cantata Series soloist, working with high profile conductors; Iain Ledingham, John Butt and Trevor Pinnock among others.
Anne-Sofie’s voice is often described rare, characteristic, velvety and “chocolaty” and very well suited for the lower mezzo/contralto repertoire, making her a sought after oratorio soloist. Especially her performances in the baroque receive critical acclaim. Along with several Messiah performances, soloist performances include Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Trevor Pinnock, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Instruments of Time and Truth along with Anne-Sofie’s acknowledged English operatic debut as Rosmira in Handel’s Partenope with Hampstead Garden Opera.
Anne-Sofie is grateful to have been supported throughout her studies by Dansk Skuespillerforbund, Wilhelm Hansen Fonden, Louis-Hansen Fonden, Operaens Venner, Knud Højgaards Fond, Oticon Fonden, Augustinusfonden, Felthusens Fond, Josephine Baker Trust and Leverhulme Trust.