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Sofia Fomina

Soprano

  • Praised for her “formidabily striking” and “stunning silvery” soprano sound, Sofia Fomina first burst onto the international operatic scene in 2012 when she made a sensational debut at the Royal Opera House as Isabelle in Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable. A previous member of the Saarländisches Staatstheater and Frankfurt Opera she has since appeared at Paris Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Hungarian National Opera, Royal Opera House, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Theater an der Wien and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. A frequent collaborator with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra she has performed with them in Fidelio and Mahler’s 4th and 8th Symphonies in London and on tour in Europe and the US. Other concert appearances include Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with Teatro Real, New Year’s Gala concerts with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Czech Philharmonic, Falstaff with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a tour of Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski.

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  • Fomina begins the 2017/18 season with two role and house debuts: at Seattle Opera as Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia and immediately following, as Musetta La bohème at the Festspiele Baden-Baden with Teodor Currentzis. Other appearances include Gilda Rigoletto in a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and four appearances at the Bayerische Staatsoper: Adele Die Fledermaus, Oscar Un Ballo in Maschera, Fiakermilli Arabella and a role debut as Angelica in a new production of Orlando paladino. On the concert platform, Fomina performs in Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Luisi and continues her long standing collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski to sing Woglinde Das Rheingold. Fomina also appears at the Deutsche Aids-Stiftung Operngala at Deutsche Oper Berlin.


    Last season Fomina returned to the Royal Opera House to debut Olympia Tales of Hoffmann and made her company debuts with Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse as Berthe in a new production of Meyerbeer’s seldom performed opera Le Prophète and with Theater an der Wien as Aquillo in a concert performance of Adriano in Siria. Fomina also made her debut with Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia for New Year’s Gala performances of Die Fledermaus and returned to the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Mahler’s Symphony No.8 and Beethoven’s Fidelio. She also joined the orchestra led by Vladimir Jurowski for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in London, Madrid, Valencia, Alicante, Dresden and New York, and for a performance of Mahler Symphony No. 2 in Toledo Cathedral with Teatro Real.


    Born in Russia, Fomina studied at the Orlovsky Music College and the Gnesin Academy of Music, Moscow. Her career began at the Novosibirsk Opera Theatre, where she sang roles including Despina Così fan tutte and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro. She later joined the ensemble of the State Theatre of Saarbrucken where she sang roles including Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte, Giulietta I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos, Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia and Gretel Hänsel und Gretel. From 2013 to 2015 she was a member of Frankfurt Oper where her engagements included Onoria in a new production of Gluck’s Ezio, Nanetta in a new production of Verdi’s Falstaff, Queen of the Night, Sophie Werther, Blondchen, Zerbinetta and Musetta.


    On the concert platform she has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Yuri Bashmet, Will Humburg, Georg Petrou, Konstantin Trinks, Konrad Junghänel, Rory Macdonald and Teodor Currentzis. In 2010 she was awarded a grant by the Wagner Association in Bayreuth and received an invitation from Vladimir Jurowski to perform Janáček’s The Eternal Gospel with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Her recent engagements include Marzelline in a concert version of Fidelio at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Mussorgsky’s The Nursery and Mahler’s Symphony No.4 on tour in Ferrara, Bologna and Frankfurt with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Gerald Finley and Vladimir Jurowski.


    A dedicated recitalist, she is a prize-winner of the ninth International edition of the Mozart Competition in Salzburg and has performed in Japan, Latvia and Germany. Her repertoire includes lieder by Schubert, Mahler, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Berg, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.


    Recent operatic successes include her debut Opéra de Paris as Blondchen in a new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Jemmy Guillaume Tell at Royal Opera House. Last season she appeared to great acclaim as Blondchen and Oscar in a new production of Un Ballo in Maschera both at Bayerische Staatsoper. She also sang Carmina Burana in a New Year Gala Concert with the Czech Philharmonic and Jakub Hrusa and made her City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra debut in a concert version of Falstaff, conducted by Edward Gardner.

    Season 2017-18 / 774 Words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Season highlights

Rosia Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Seattle Opera


Musetta La bohème
Festspiele Baden-Baden

Gilda Rigoletto
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Angelica Orlando paladino
Bayerische Staatsoper

Adele Die Fledermaus
Bayerische Staatsoper


Oscar Un Ballo in Maschera
Bayerische Staatsoper


Fiakermilli Arabella
Bayerische Staatsoper

Opera repertoire

Beethoven
Marzelline Fidelio


Bellini
Giulietta I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Amina La Sonnambula*
Elvira I Puritani*


Glinka
Ludmila Ruslan and Ludmila


Humperdinck
Gretel Hänsel und Gretel


Lully
Theone Phaeton


Massenet
Sophie Werther


Meyerbeer
Isabelle Robert le Diable
Berthe Le prophète


Mozart
Susanna Le nozze di Figaro
Despina Così fan tutte
Konstanze* & Blonde Entführung aus dem Serail


Offenbach
Olympia Les contes d'Hoffmann


Puccini
Musetta La bohème


Purcell
Belinda Dido and Aeneas


Rimsky-Korsakov
Marfa The Tsar’s Bride
Snowmaiden The Snowmaiden


Rossini
Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia
Marie La fille du regiment*
Jemmy Guillaume Tell


Strauss, R
Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos


Verdi
Gilda Rigoletto
Nanetta Falstaff


Wagner
Blümenmädchen Parsifal

Concert & recital repertoire

Bach
Cantata No.22, 'Wedding Cantata' 


Berg
Sieben frühe lieder
Lulu Suite 


Brahms
A German Requiem 


Fauré
Requiem 


Handel
Dixit Dominus


Mahler
Symphony No.2
Symphony No.4
Symphony No.8


Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night's Dream 


Mozart
Exultate Jubilate
Great Mass in C minor
Coronation Mass
Requiem 


Orff
Carmina Burana


Pergolesi
Stabat Mater


Poulenc
Gloria
Stabat Mater 


Recital songs by:
Brahms
Medtner
Mussorgsky
Rachmaninoff
Schubert
Schumann
Tchaikovsky
Wolf

Sofia Fomina was sheer delight, floating her A flat on “luna” rapturously at the end of her first brief rendezvous with Fenton.

Backtrack

Fomina was a totally convincing Isabelle, pure of voice and totally believable in terms of sheer beauty…She can project tenderness (the act II duet, ‘Avec bonte voyez mon peine’), yet she can also harness her abilities to generate truly exciting coloratura.

Seen and Heard International

Sofia Fomina as Jemmy is possessed of a clean, pure and yet formidably striking soprano

Music OMH

Intermusica represents Sofia Fomina worldwide

Maria Mot
Associate Director, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9904
mmot@intermusica.co.uk

Lottie Gulliver
Assistant to Associate Director, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9937
lgulliver@intermusica.co.uk

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