Italian contralto Sonia Prina made her U.S. debut with San Francisco Opera as Polinesso in 2008’s Ariodante, a role she has sung at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera and Barcelona's Teatre del Liceu. She studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, where she earned degrees in trumpet and voice. A graduate of La Scala’s vocal academy for young singers, her career highlights include Bradamante (Alcina)at Paris Opera and in Munich; Clarice (La Pietra del Paragone) at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; the title role of Rinaldo at La Scala; and the title role of Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba at the Salzburg Festival. Prina has a particular fondness for Handel and has sung the title roles of many of his operas: Giulio Cesare in Genoa and Lille, Orlandoin Ravenna, Amadigi di Gaula at the Teatro San Carlo, and Silla in Rome. Her discography includes Vivaldi’s La Senna Festeggiante and L’Olimpiade (Naïve); Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Virgin); and Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (EMI/Virgin), Lotario (BMG),and Rodelinda (Deutsche Grammophon). She is featured in DVD recordings of Ascanio in Alba (Salzburg Festival) and La Pietra del Paragone (Théâtre du Châtelet). Prina’s recent engagements include Orfeo at the Teatro Real; Ratmir (Ruslan and Lyudmila) for the re-opening of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre; and the title roles of Orlando (Opera Australia), Tamerlano (Bavarian State Opera), and Rinaldo (Glyndebourne Festival).