Manchester-born mezzo soprano Sophie Dicks studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Opera school, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music. Her studies were supported by a Leverhulme scholarship, the Shirley Bassey Scholarship, a Sybil Tutton Award from Help Musicians and a private sponsor in Manchester. She is currently studying with Gail Pearson, having previously worked with Anne Mason, Janis Kelly and Ann Taylor.
In summer 2022 she performed Cousin Hebe in HMS Pinafore with Opera Holland Park/Charles Court Opera, and the previous year Kate in Pirates of Penzance. She has also sung Suzy La Rondine for Opera Holland Park, and Mallika in Lakmè as an OHP Young Artist. She made her debut with Welsh National Opera in 2019 singing Vera Boronel in Menotti’s The Consul and she has also covered Ninette Les Vepres Siciliennes and Mrs de Rocher Dead Man Walkingfor the company. She created the role of Wife #2 in the world premiere of Madame X by Anthony Peter and Tim Benjamin, and Prometheus in The Fire of Olympus both for Radius Opera.
Other roles include Dorabella Così fan tutte, Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Opera Holloway), Angelina La Cenerentola and Third Lady (RWCMD), and Varochka in Shostakovich’s Cheryomushki, and Orfeo Orfeo ed Euridice(RNCM).
On the concert platform she has sung Beethoven’s Mass in C, Dvorak Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart and Duruflé Requiems and Rutter’s Feel the Spirit. She has performed Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the Todmorden Choral Society.
Awards include the Freckleton and Doherty Cup for Singing, the Annie Ridyard Scholarship and she was a finalist in the 2018 Dunraven Welsh Young Singer of the Year.
“Sophie Dicks charming cousin Hebe was just the girl for Sir Joseph.” HMS Pinafore/Opera Holland Park, Opera Magazine, September 2022
|Bellini||I Capuleti e i Montecchi||Romeo|
|Britten||The Rape of Lucretia||Lucretia|
|Gluck||Orfeo ed Euridice||Orfeo|
|Humperdinck||Hansel and Gretel||Hansel|
|Menotti||The Consul||Vera Boronel|
|Mozart||La Clemenza di Tito||Sesto/Annio|
|Mozart||Così fan tutte||Dorabella|
|Rossini||Il barbiere di Siviglia||Rosina|
|Strauss, Johann||Die Fledermaus||Prince Orlofsky|
|Sullivan||HMS Pinafore||Cousin Hebe|
|Sullivan||The Pirates of Penzance||Kate|