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Sondra Radvanovsky



Sondra Radvanovsky in action.
Sondra Radvanovsky in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH 2016. Photo by Bill Cooper

American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky made her Royal Opera debut in 2006 as Roxane (Cyrano de Bergerac) and has since sung Lina (Stiffelio), Leonora (Il trovatore), Floria Tosca and the title role in Manon Lescaut with The Royal Opera. In the 2018/19 Season she sings Maddalena di Coigny (Andrea Chénier) for the Company.

Radvanovsky was born in Illinois and began singing at the age of 11, making her stage debut as a cigarette girl in Carmen two years later. She studied drama at the University of Southern California and the University of California while taking private singing lessons. After winning the 1995 National Council auditions of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, she joined the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She has since performed regularly with leading American companies and for European companies including Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Liceu, Barcelona, La Scala, Milan, Zürich Opera, Arena di Verona and Teatro Real, Madrid, in repertory including Tosca, Roxane, Norma, Leonora (Il trovatore), Elizabeth of Valois (Don Carlos), Elena (I vespri siciliani), Luisa Miller, Aida, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena and Elisabetta (Roberto Devereux).

Radvanovsky performs regularly in concert, her engagements including Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Verdi’s Requiem with the Chicago Symphony and Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Her recordings include Verdi arias and Verdi scenes with Dmitri Hvorostovsky.


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Sondra Radvanovsky and Aleksandrs Antonenko star in the first revival of Jonathan Kent’s thought-provoking Royal Opera production.