Chicago-born soprano Sophia Burgos was influenced early on by the music of her Puerto Rican culture. During the summer of 2015, she participated as a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. There, she had the privilege of premiering two songs by André Previn, performing a scene from Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, and performing George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children. Following Tanglewood, she continued her collaboration with Golijov in presenting freshly-composed excerpts of his most-recent opera, Iphigenia in Aulis, for the Metropolitan Opera. During the summer of 2014, she was invited to the Lucerne Festival Academy as a soloist in Luciano Berio’s Coro and was selected for masterclasses and private instruction with Barbara Hannigan, performing as soloist in Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2 and Matthias Pintscher’s Twilight Song. She also performed the title role of Handel’s rarely-performed oratorio, Esther, with the Bard College Baroque Ensemble, conducted by James Bagwell.
An advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Burgos is an active soloist with the [Switch~ Ensemble] and has performed with various contemporary music ensembles including the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble and as soloist for the Ritsos Project in Athens, Greece.
Ms. Burgos received her Bachelor’s degrees in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Jan Opalach. She is currently completing her Master’s studies at the Bard College Conservatory of Music studying with Edith Bers, Kayo Iwama, and Dawn Upshaw.