zoë brookshaw



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.

September 2021

Zoë Brookshaw is represented for General Management. For all enquiries please contact Caroline Phillips cphillips@caroline-phillips.co.uk


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



Zoë Brookshaw and Liz Kenny’s Trials & Tribulations

Classical music minus the rules comes to Brixton as part of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Night Shift series of pub gigs. Zoë Brookshaw, soprano and Elizabeth Kenny, lute, perform Trials and Tribulations, a programme of John Dowland, John Blow and Henry...

Zoë Brookshaw on screen and stage

The latest release on OAE Player features soprano Zoë Brookshaw singing the Telemann cantata Seele, lerne dich erkennen with members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Zoë’s recent performance of Handel Aci, Galatea e Polifemo with the group directed by...

Devine, Brookshaw, Horak-Hallett perform rare Handel

Steven Devine conducts a rare performance of the early Handel serenata Aci, Galatea e Polifemo with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Cadogan Hall, London on January 23. Soprano Zoë Brookshaw sings Aci with mezzo Bethany Horak-Hallett taking the role of...

A ‘sort of’ Christmas party …

CPM artists conductor Robert Howarth, mezzo Bethany Horak-Hallett and tenor Guy Cutting join the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at St George's Bristol for a festive programme on December 17. Meanwhile the advertised Steven Devine and Zoe Brookshaw are at home...

Restoration with Brookshaw, Devine and the OAE

Soprano Zoë Brookshaw joins the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment directed by Steven Devine for a programme of music from the Restoration period which includes Purcell and Blow alongside Giovanni Battista Draghi and Louis Grabu. There are performances at King’s...

Zoë Brookshaw Bach where she belongs

https://youtu.be/G5M62tUjnBc Zoë Brookshaw singing Höchster, was ich habe with the OAE earlier this year Soprano Zoë Brookshaw returns to King’s Place on October 4 to perform the solo Bach Cantata Ich bin vergnügt mit meinen Glück BWV 84 with the Orchestra of the Age...

Bach, the Universe and Everything but an audience

In the latest of the acclaimed Bach cantata series Steven Devine directs the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment from an empty King’s Place, London with a programme including BWV 39 Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot. He is joined by Rising Stars of the Enlightenment...

Bach behind closed doors

Join conductor Steven Devine and soprano Zoe Brookshaw for the latest in the Bach, the Universe and Everything series with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at 11:30BST on April 5 on Youtube link: https://youtu.be/EptO4p-ynQk.