Sophie Ellen Frank


Sophie Ellen Frank is the creator of the educational concept and artistic director of the Opera Academy. Born in 1963 in Osaka, Japan, Sophie Ellen Frank made her debut at the age of four in the role of the child in Madame Butterfly at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in the arms of Dame Gwyneth Jones. She went on to sing as a member and soloist of the children’s choir in Turandot, Carmen, Wozzeck, Les Troyens and Der Wildschütz in Geneva and Darmstadt. From backstage, she observed her mother, Nicole Buloze, then a world-renowned dancer, choreographer and singer. Sophie studied violin and cello, classical dance and theatre at the conservatories in Darmstadt and Basel.

After her commercial and aviation safety training in Geneva, she continued her singing studies at the Conservatoire and the Ecole d’Opéra from 1987 to 1992. She worked with Gabriel Bacquier, José van Dam, Régine Crespin, Gloria Davy, Nancy Long, Kammersängerin Christa Ludwig, Sena Jurinac, Gert Krämer. Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro was her first major role, and she has since performed, among others, Cherubino, Dorabella, Donna Elvira, Rosalinde, Sesto, Rosina, Haensel and Orlovsky in Geneva, Frankfurt, Lyon and Zurich.

She has produced and directed numerous events in Geneva such as the Italian Opera Week, the Russian Music Week, and Rossini’s Inganno Felice with Sonja Yoncheva.