Sondra Radvanovsky

American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2009 as Leonora in Il Trovatore, a role she has also performed at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and in Bilbao, Lisbon, and Florence. Her engagements in the current season include the title roles of Norma and Tosca at the Met; Tosca at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera) at the Vienna State Opera; and Queen Elizabeth (Roberto Devereux) with Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company. She has been hailed as one the great Verdi singers of her generation and received critical acclaim for her performances as Elvira (Ernani), Hélène (Les Vêpres Siciliennes), and Elisabetta (Don Carlos). Radvanovsky’s other career highlights include the title role of Suor Angelica at Los Angeles Opera; the title role of Lucrezia Borgia with Washington National Opera; a return to both the Met and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden as Leonora; Hélène at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and the Vienna State Opera; Elvira at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste, which she later reprised at the Met and will perform at Lyric Opera of Chicago later this season; her La Scala debut as Roxanne (Cyrano de Bergerac) opposite Plácido Domingo, which she also performed in New York and London; the title role of Susannah with Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role of Manon Lescaut at Leipzig Opera; Elisabetta at Paris Opera; and the title role of Tosca with Opera Colorado. The soprano is a former winner of the George London Foundation Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Loren L. Zachary Society Competition. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Radvanovsky has also trained at the Tanglewood Music Center and the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music.