Italian mezzo-soprano Sonia Ganassi made her Royal Opera debut in 1997 as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and has since returned to sing the title role in La Cenerentola, Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Sara (Roberto Devereux), Princess Eboli (Don Carlo) and Adalgisa (Norma).
Ganassi was born in Reggio Emilia. She has sung for the world’s leading opera companies, including La Scala, Milan, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris Opéra, Liceu, Barcelona, Teatro Real, Madrid, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, throughout Italy and at the Orange and Rossini Opera festivals. Her repertory includes Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena), Elisabetta (Maria Stuarda and Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra), Azucena (Il trovatore), Preziosilla (La forza del destino), Eboli (Don Carlo), Charlotte (Werther), Leonora (La favorita), Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust), Carmen and Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana). Engagements include Adalgisa for the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Romeo in Genoa, Giovanna Seymour in Lyon, Paris, Marseille, Parma and Milan, Preziosilla in Genoa, Santuzza for Semperoper Dresden, Azucena in Cagliari, Eboli in Marseille and Elisabetta in Genoa.
Ganassi sings regularly in concert with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Muti and Antonio Pappano. Her many recordings include Verdi’s Requiem with Pappano for EMI Classics. Her awards include the 1999 Premio Franco Abbiati.