Sofia Livotov soprano
Praised for her velvet timbre, the Russian-German 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 and festivals, such as Tête à Tête Festival (UK), Tonhalle Zurich (Switzerland) and TivoliVredenburg (Netherlands). In 2019 she has made her successful appearance on the Indonesian concert stage in Jakarta. In January 2021 Sofia has been selected for the First International Lied Competition Bolko v. Hochberg in Germany.
Recent engagements include recitals in Berlin with her duo partner and pianist Natalia Pegarkova-Barenboim (Duo Primevère), as well as opera productions in the Bavarian Alps. In 2020, Sofia has been selected for the prestigious Oxford Lieder Residential Mastercourse for Singers & Pianists together with the Indonesian pianist Prajna Indrawati. The two musicians have been awarded the Help Musicians’ Transmission Fund 2020 supporting their future career development. 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.
During the lockdown in London, Sofia has been working on new roles, such as Gilda (Rigoletto) and Sophie (Rosenkavalier). Together with her partner 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.