Sofia Livotov soprano
Praised for her velvet timbre, soprano Sofia Livotov is a versatile artist, equally at ease in opera,
art song, and contemporary music. Based in London, Sofia has performed at international venues, such as Tonhalle Zurich, Tête à Tête Festival and TivoliVredenburg. In 2019 she made her successful first appearance on the Indonesian concert stage in Jakarta.
Recent engagements include appearances at the Hamburg Climate Week 2021 with musicians from NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and from Orchestras of Change (Orchester des Wandels), the Nextus Festival 2021, as well as recitals in Berlin with the pianist Natalia Pegarkova – Barenboim.
Together with pianist Prajna Indrawati, Sofia has been selected for the prestigious Oxford Lieder Residential Mastercourse for Singers & Pianists 2021 and for the First International Lied Competition Bolko v. Hochberg in Germany. Furthermore, the Duo has been awarded the Help Musicians’ Transmission Fund 2020.
During the lockdown in London Sofia has been co-creating an international online music festival called NexTus Festival, which has been recognised by the International Opera Awards 2021. Besides producing for NexTus Festival her own music video on the topic of climate crisis ("Fair World Where Are You?"), Sofia has also recently appeared on the German Radio SWR2.
Passionate about performing the lesser-known repertoire, Sofia founded the ensemble Duo Primevère with pianist Natalia Pegarkova-Barenboim in Berlin. Since 2019, Sofia is also a dedicated singer for the Lost Chord Dementia Charity, working with people with dementia across the UK.
On the concert stage, Sofia has performed with the Festival Strings Lucerne, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and has worked with conductors such as David Zinman, Ed Spanjaard and Joao Santos. She has been re-invited to sing the solo parts in various projects of the Sinfonietta Zurich, including Haydn`s oratorios The Creation and The Seasons. Sofia has given recitals with established pianists such as Haiou Zhang (International Festival Buxtehude) and Frans van Ruth, and has performed Ravel`s Shéhérezade with orchestra in Amsterdam.
A keen performer of contemporary music, Sofia gave her debut in London at the Tête à Tête Festival 2019 in the premiere of ‘Apollo`s Mission’ by Edward Lambert. Besides her appearances in contemporary opera productions at the Lucerne Theatre, Sofia has performed works by composers such as Beat Furrer, Wolfgang Rihm and Vsevolod Pozdejev. Further roles on the operatic stage include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Musetta (La Boheme), Adina (L`Elisir d`amore), Anna (Nabucco) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni).
Born in St.Petersburg (Russia), Sofia grew up in Hanover (Germany) where she first studied piano at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. Being fascinated by opera and art-song since her childhood, she decided to follow her passion obtaining her Bachelor`s and Master`s degree in voice at the Lucerne School of Music with Liliane Zürcher (2013) and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Valérie Guillorit (2017).
Sofia has participated in masterclasses with Ann Murray, Margreet Honig, Malcolm Martineau, Klesie Kelly and Regina Werner -Dietrich and is currently coached by Nelly Miricioiu in London. As an emerging artist, Sofia has been generously supported by Swiss and German foundations, as well as by the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust in the UK.
Sofia is currently preparing new roles, including Gilda (Rigoletto) and Sophie (Rosenkavalier). Together with her partner and tenor Satriya Krisna, she has been recording home concerts for people with dementia and has started a YouTube channel (TuneInsiders) with practical tutorials helping musicians achieve a better audio quality during online teaching and perfotming.