British soprano Zoë Brookshaw read Theology at Cambridge University where she was a choral Scholar at Trinity College. She was a member of the Monteverdi Choir Apprentice Scheme and is currently a Rising Star of the Enlightenment
Her opera engagements include Euridice and La Musica L’Orfeo with I Fagiolini; Aerial Spirit The Indian Queen with Le Concert d’Astrée / Emmanuelle Haïm, roles in The Fairy Queen with The Gabrieli Consort / Paul McCreesh and Rameau Pygmalion with The Dunedin Consort / John Butt.
On the concert platform Zoë has sung Bach and Handel with the Monteverdi Choir / John Eliot Gardiner, Handel Israel in Egypt with at the BBC Proms with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / William Christie plus Bach and Vivaldi with the group and Steven Devine as well as Monteverdi Ball dell’Ingrate with Christian Curnyn; Handel with the Gabrieli Consort / Paul McCreesh, Monteverdi & Vivaldi with Arcangelo / Jonathan Cohen, the St John Passion with the Britten Sinfonia/ Eamonn Dougan and Dixit Dominus with Collegium Vocale Gent / Pieter-Jan Belder. She is a member of the baroque ensemble Solmon’s Knot with whom she performs and records widely.
Zoë has recorded Bach, Blow, Lennox & Michael Berkeley, Charpentier, on the Delphian, Hyperion, Resonus, Signum Classics, Soli dei Gloria and Sony labels. Soon to be released on OAEPlayer is the video of Zoë singing Strozzi Che si puo fare.
Her plans include Purcell and Blow with the OAE / Steven Devine in London and Oslo and Galatea in Handel Aci, Galatea e Polifemo with the same forces in London and Malta.
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Vivaldi Gloria – Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Rowan Pierce joined by Zoe Brookshaw, the latter delivering her lines with great confidence and precision.
13 November 2019
Prom 38 – Solomon’s Knot – Royal Albert Hall
Zoe Brookshaw’s voice, though, with its powerful sweetness, was able to cut through the string texture to deliver a radiant ‘Gottes Engel weichen nie’.
MusicOMH, 14 August 2019
Bach – St John Passion – Solomon’s Knot – Wigmore Hall
Zoe Brookshaw’s pealing soprano spread delight dancing with two pastoral flutes’.
The Times, 19 April 2019
Zoe Brookshaw brought a real sense of joy to ‘Ich folge gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten’
Planet Hugill, 16 April 2019
Barbara Strozzi – OAE – Kings Place
The singing was outstanding throughout from the pool of nine singers, with particularly notable contributions from Miriam Allen, Zoe Brookshaw, Helen Charlston, Nicholas Mulroy and David Shipley.
Early Music Reviews, Andrew Benson-Wilson, 15 January 2019
The ladies had their own trio, ‘Le Tre Gratie a Venere’ (The Three Graces to Venus), in which Miriam Allen, Zoe Brookshaw and Helen Charlston blended with sweetness and sensuousness
Opera Today, 12 January 2019
Handel in Italy – Gabrieli Consort / Paul McCreesh
The five soloists were drawn from the choir, with notable contributions from soprano Zoe Brookshaw, alto David Allsopp, and tenor Ruairi Bowen.
Early Music Reviews, Andrew Benson-Wilson, 31 March 2017
Lennox Berkeley – Stabat Mater – CD Review
The musical language is far removed from the 17th century, but the sense of great – almost erotic – rapture is beautifully created by Zoë Brookshaw and Rory McCleery in a performance of shimmering intensity
Gramophone Magazine, October 2016
Bach in Leipzig – Solomon’s Knot
The eighth movement, the duet between a believing soul and the Lord Jesus, is just that: an operatic scene conceived with psychological refinement, in which the resigned calm of Zoë Brookshaw’s soprano mixed with the tender warmth of Jonathan Sells’ bass. Such moments were also a part of this exceptional evening.
Leipziger Volkszeitung, 13 June 2016
Bach – Christmas Oratorio – Solomon’s Knot
Soprano Zoë Brookshaw[’s]… singing was exquisite. … Nu rein Wink von seinen Händen was pure magic.
Early Music Reviews, Andrew Benson-Wilson, 18 December 2015