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Company Profile: Sophie Anne Duprels - singer, Madama Butterfly

What do you love about working in opera?
Something that never ceases to amaze me is the level of creativity and complexity of the opera world. From singers to make up artists, painters, electricians, carpenters, designers, costumes, wigs, musicians, cooks, dancers and so much more expertise. It's the most complete art form and we all work together to create an evening that the audience (hopefully!) will remember. Teamwork, that's what I love, it’s a wonderful feeling being part of something that takes so much human effort to create.

 

What has been your favourite role to date? Are there any still on your wish list that you would like to sing?
That's difficult because I can't narrow it to one...if I have to choose I'd say Butterfly, not only because I'm singing this beautiful and heartbreaking music now but because Cio-Cio-San has been a big part of my life the past few years. I'm approaching my 100th performance of the role and I love it more and more each time. Also, singing it in different productions is wonderful, you get to be presented with different ideas, visions, it's very rich. 

 

I have to say that Rusalka has been also a big favourite of mine, and Katya Kabanova was also on top of the list...well I'll stop now and move on to the wish list ! The repertoire is big and I do have lots of things that are still on my wish list! Here is a selection - Tatiana from Eugene Onegin (what a wonderful psychological journey!) the Marshalin from Der Rosenkavalier (amazing music and another fascinating character) Emilia Marty from The Makropulos Case ( I want to sing the 400 years old woman before I die!) Salomé (the music is just amazing and I like to dance!) Tosca ( well it would be a change to have a 5 feet blond one if there’s any director up to the challenge!) Desdemona from Othello, Elisabeth from Don Carlo, Helen Olford from Peter Grimes...you see I have many dreams!

 

What 3 things might people be surprised to learn about you?
Well, I can't tell all my secrets but I got my first tattoo ten years ago in San Francisco, I don't put milk in my tea and I always have dark chocolate after a show! And lastly, I love mystery/crime novels!

 

What do you do when you're not performing?
I keep practising! I learn new things, work on my technique with my coach and my singing teacher. And I recharge batteries spending time with my family and my friends. I love cooking with my daughters, it's always special time when we can do that. And also long walks with the dogs!

 

What are you listening to at the moment?
Nothing special. I like Jazz and my daughters keep me up to date with new things. I discovered Woodkid last year and I really like his work. I even went to one of his concerts in London (I was rehearsing Butterfly there last summer, quite a contrast!) and loved it! The young singer Stromae is also very good!

 

If you weren't an opera singer, what would be your ideal job?
I don't really know! Probably something involving music food and books, a job to invent!

 

Tell us your favourite place to be in the world?
It doesn't really matter, if I'm with my family ( and my dogs!) it's my favourite place!