Acclaimed American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky will release her debut solo album, Verdi Arias, on Delos on April 27, 2010, captivating listeners with her supple voice and gracious phrasing. Radvanovsky has been lauded by the London Times as “a true Verdian, with a big, juicy, vibrato-rich sound,” and her collection of prize arias is a highly anticipated reflection on roles past and a preview of those to come.
Sondra Radvanovsky has earned top praises from critics the world over and is welcomed as “the ‘Leonora’ of our time” by the San Francisco Sentinel. She has performed in every major opera house in the world including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and many others. Her home is the Metropolitan Opera, where she completed her training in the late 1990’s.
The exquisite depth and color of her voice are matched by her artistry and versatility across a remarkable range of repertoire. Radvanovsky has earned accolades for her riveting portrayals of Tatiana in Eugene Onegin and the title role of Rusalka, while her unique flexibility has led to success in such roles as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. But Radvanovsky’s talent shines most brightly in 19th century Italian opera and particularly in the soprano roles of Giuseppe Verdi. Her signature role is Leonora in Il trovatore, and she has portrayed Elvira in Ernani, the title role in Luisa Miller, and Lina in Stiffelio, among others.
Radvanovsky opened the 2009-10 season with a production of Il trovatore at the San Francisco Opera under the baton of new music director Nicola Luisotti. Her performance prompted the San Francisco Chronicle to declare, “Even if nothing else happens during the rest of the San Francisco Opera’s 2009 fall season, soprano Sondra Radvanovskky has already provided us with at least one extraordinary and indelible musical memory.” This season, she has portrayed Lina in Stiffelio at the Metropolitan Opera under the direction of Plácido Domingo; Elvira in Ernani at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Elisabetta in Don Carlo at the Paris Opera. Today, March 20, Radvanovsky embarks on a four-city North American tour with esteemed baritone and her frequent collaborator Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Performances on this tour include Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall (March 20), Montreal's Place des Arts (March 26), Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center (March 29), and a final performance in New York City's Carnegie Hall (April 1).