Brazilian-American soprano Sophia Hunt's performances have been praised as "trenchant” and “vocally skilled" (Opera News), "exceptionally strong both vocally and dramatically" (Parterre Box), and "vibrant and musically intelligent" (Broad Street Review). Sophia is currently in the first year of her master’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she holds the Hirsig Family Fellowship and studies with Vinson Cole. She recently made her Opera Philadelphia debut, singing in the Curtis in Concert recital series as part of Festival O19.
This season, Sophia sings as Contessa Almaviva in an excerpt of Le nozze di Figaro with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and as Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito with the Curtis Opera Theatre. She also performs Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Main Line Symphony Orchestra, and continues to be a frequent performer in the Curtis Student Recital Series.
Last summer, Sophia returned to the Aspen Music Festival, where she sang Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music, as well as covered Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. In the 2018-19 season, Sophia sang Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Faith in Rene Orth’s Empty the House with the Curtis Opera Theatre, as well as performing with Curtis on Tour as part of the Nights of Classical Music at the Gennadius Library in Athens, Greece.
Very clean, rich, and lush sound. Very sensitive dynamic phrasing... Strong use of the words and diction... nuanced with lots of colors that seem to be informed by the character.
-AMERICAN VOCAL ARTS
In the summer of 2018, Sophia sang Trouble in Tahiti (1st Trio Member) at the Aspen Music Festival. Previously a mezzo-soprano, her past performances with the Curtis Opera Theatre include A Quiet Place (Susie), Eugene Onegin (Larina), Impressions of Pelléas (Geneviève), Doctor Atomic (Pasqualita), The Rape of Lucretia (Bianca), Le nozze di Figaro (Marcellina), and L’enfant et les sortilèges (Maman).
Sophia has participated in the Joyce DiDonato master classes at Carnegie Hall, as well as attended Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists Vocal Academy, SongFest, and the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute. She was recently a prize winner in the International Collegiate Singing Championship and the Orpheus Vocal Competition, a finalist in the New York International Vocal Competition, and a recipient of a Shirley Rabb Winston Voice Scholarship.
Sophia grew up in New York City, where she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and currently lives in Philadelphia.