In the 2013/14 Season, American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky sings Floria Tosca with The Royal Opera. She made her Royal Opera debut in 2006 as Roxane (Cyrano de Bergerac) and has since sung Lina (Stiffelio) and Leonora (Il trovatore) with the Company.
Radvanovsky was born in Illinois and began singing at the age of 11. She made her stage debut as a cigarette girl in a production of 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 National Council auditions of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in 1995, she became a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She has since performed with leading American companies and for European companies including Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Liceu, Barcelona, La Scala, Milan, Arena di Verona and Teatro Real, Madrid. Her recent roles include Tosca, Roxane, Norma, Leonora (Il trovatore), Elizabeth of Valois (Don Carlos), Elena (I vespri siciliani), Aida, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Maria Stuarda and Elisabetta (Roberto Devereux).
Radvanovsky performs regularly in concert, with appearances 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. In 2013 she released her first CD, of Verdi arias.