Russian soprano Sofia Fomina made her Royal Opera debut in the 2012/13 Season, singing Isabelle (Robert le diable). She returns in the 2013/14 Season, singing Naiad (Ariadne auf Naxos).
Born in Russia, 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. Her career began at the Novosibirsk Opera Theatre, where she sang roles including Despina (Così fan tutte) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro). She later joined the ensemble of the State Theatre of Saarbrücken, where she sang roles including Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Gretel. In 2013 she made her debuts in Munich, as Flowermaiden (Parsifal), and in Zürich, as Gilda (Rigoletto).
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. Fomina is currently a member of Frankfurt Opera, where her repertory includes Queen of the Night, Onoria (Ezio), Sophie (Werther), Nannetta (Falstaff), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Zerbinetta.
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