Russian soprano Sofia Fomina made her Royal Opera debut in the 2012/13 Season as Isabelle (Robert le diable), and has since sung Naiad (Ariadne auf Naxos) for The Royal Opera. In the 2014/15 Season she returns to sing Jemmy (Guillaume Tell).
Fomina studied at the Orlovsky Music College and the Gnesin Academy of Music, Moscow. In 2010 she was awarded a grant by the Wagner Association in Bayreuth. She began her professional career at the Novosibirsk Opera Theatre, where her roles included Despina (Così fan tutte) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro). She later joined the ensemble of the State Theatre of Saarbrücken, her roles including Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Gretel. She is a member of the ensemble of Oper Frankfurt, where her roles have included Onoria (Ezio), Nanetta (Falstaff), Queen of the Night and Sophie (Werther). Engagements elsewhere include Gilda (Rigoletto) in Saarbrücken and Marzelline (Fidelio) in concert at the Concertgebouw.
Fomina is also a keen recitalist, and won the Ninth International Mozart Competition in Salzburg. She has sung in concert under conductors including Currentzis, Bashmet, Jurowski and Rory Macdonald.
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