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Sofia Fomina

Soprano

Biography

Sofia Fomina in action.
Simon Nicholas and Sofia Fomina in Guillaume Tell © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Russian soprano Sofia Fomina made her Royal Opera debut in 2012 as Isabelle (Robert le diable), and has since sung Naiad (Ariadne auf Naxos), Jemmy (Guillaume Tell) and Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann). In the 2017/18 Season she returns to sing Gilda (Rigoletto).

Fomina studied at the Orlovsky Music College and the Gnesin Academy of Music, Moscow. 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), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Gretel. She was a member of the ensemble of Oper Frankfurt 2013–15), where her roles included Onoria (Ezio), Nanetta (Falstaff), Queen of the Night, Sophie (Werther), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Musetta (La bohème). Engagements elsewhere include Blonde for Paris Opéra and Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Blonde for Bavarian State Opera and Nanetta in concert with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Fomina is also a keen recitalist, and won the Ninth International Mozart Competition in Salzburg. She has sung in concert with conductors including Yuri Bashmet, Teodor Currentzis, Will Humburg, Konrad Junghänel, Vladimir Jurowski, Rory Macdonald, Georg Petrou and Konstantin Trinks. In 2010 she was awarded a grant by the Wagner Association in Bayreuth and received an invitation from Jurowski to perform The Eternal Gospel with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Further engagements include Marzelline (Fidelio) in concert at the Concertgebouw and Musorgsky’s The Nursery and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony on tour in Ferrara, Bologna and Frankfurt with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Jurowski.

Videos

News and features

Your Reaction: What did you think of Les Contes d'Hoffmann in cinemas?

15 November 2016
Your Reaction: What did you think of <em>Les Contes d'Hoffmann</em> in cinemas?

John Schlesinger's classic Royal Opera production was relayed live to cinemas around the world.

Cast Change: Role of Isabelle in Robert le diable to be sung by Patrizia Ciofi and Sofia Fomina

3 December 2012
Cast Change: Role of Isabelle in Robert le diable to be sung by Patrizia Ciofi and Sofia Fomina

Jennifer Rowley to return in 2015 in the role of Musetta in La bohème.

Photos

SOFIA FOMINA AS GILDA, DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

SOFIA FOMINA AS GILDA in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

LUIS GOMES AS MATTEO BORSA, DOMINIC SEDGWICK AS MARULLO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

LUIS GOMES AS MATTEO BORSA, DOMINIC SEDGWICK AS MARULLO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

ANDREA MASTRONI AS SPARAFUCILE in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

Sofia Fomina as Jemmy and Gerald Finley as William Tell in Guillaume Tell, The Royal Opera

Simon Nicholas and Sofia Fomina in Guillaume Tell

Sofia Fomina, Christophe Mortagne and Vittorio Grigòlo in Schlesinger’s Les Contes d'Hoffmann, The Royal Opera

SOFIA FOMINA AS GILDA, DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

SOFIA FOMINA AS GILDA, DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

SOFIA FOMINA AS GILDA in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

NADIA KRASTEVA AS MADDALENA in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

LUIS GOMES AS MATTEO BORSA, DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

ANDREA MASTRONI AS SPARAFUCILE in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

Sofia Fomina

Gerald Finley and Sofia Fomina in Guillaume Tell

SOFIA FOMINA in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

DOMINIC SEDGWICK AS MARULLO, DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

DIMITIRI PLATANIAS AS RIGOLETTO in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

Enkelejda Shkosa as Hedwige, Sofia Fomina as Jemmy and Eric Halfvarson as Melcthal in rehearsal for Guillaume Tell, The Royal Opera

Sofia Fomina as Jemmy and Gerald Finley as Guillaume Tell in rehearsal for Guillaume Tell, The Royal Opera

Gerald Finley, Sofia Fomina and Enkelejda Shkosa in Guillaume Tell

Sofia Fomina and Gerald Finley in Guillaume Tell

Gerald Finley, Sofia Fomina, Nicolas Courjal and Michael Colvin in Guillaume Tell

SOFIA FOMINA AS GILDA, NADIA KRASTEVA AS MADDALENDA, MICHAEL FABIANO AS DUKE OF MANTUA in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

SOFIA FOMINA AS GILDA in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

MICHAEL FABIANO AS DUKE OF MANTUA in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18

MICHAEL FABIANO AS DUKE OF MANTUA in Rigoletto The Royal Opera Season 2017/18