Metropolitan Opera hires another Brit

Metropolitan Opera hires another Brit


norman lebrecht

June 14, 2018

The Met has called in Sophie Joyce, former head of casting at English National Opera, to head its Lindemann Young Artists Program.

Sophie left ENO in the last round of swing doors in November 2016. Since then, she has worked as an opera consultant.

Aside from an initial two-year stint at IMG Artists, her entire career has been with ENO.



  • Lawrence Kershaw says:

    They’re lucky to have her. She understands young voices and performers incredibly well. A valued colleague, but the UK’s loss.

  • Musichall says:

    Great appointment – Sophie is a brilliant musician and has a real talent for finding and nurturing young talent.

  • John McMurray says:

    This is brilliant news!! Sophie has great ears and is wonderful with young singers. She’s an outstanding colleague and the Met is very smart to have engaged her.

  • Marcus Clayton says:

    I am not familiar with her, but it would seem she is a good choice for the position.
    The Lindemann program was in dire need of some new direction after they fired James Levine. It looks like the Met is headed in the right direction.
    With the talented Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin set to assume his role as the new music director of the Met this September, it would appear they are in terrific hands,artistically speaking. Obviously, they are moving on from the dismal Levine years. About time…..

  • barry guerrero says:

    Sounds good. A new building that actually sounds like something would be nice too.

  • jk says:

    I believe she is actually Sophie Joyce Paterson, and that is the Iain Paterson!

  • Nick Sears says:

    What a great appointment, lucky Met, many congratulations!

  • John Daszak says:

    Brava!! Great news!! ❤️

  • Alexander Platt says:

    Well, the “Brits” are very good at this kind of thing, and they’re Europeans who speak our language. Seems like a good choice.