Praised for her “formidably striking” and “stunning silvery” soprano sound, Sofia Fomina 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, Glyndebourne Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Hungarian National Opera, Royal Opera House, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Seattle Opera, Theater an der Wien, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall and the BBC Proms.
In the 2021/22 season, Fomina makes her debut at the Norwegian National opera with a new role, Micaela in Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed staging of Carmen and returns to Bayerische Staatsoper as Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail. On the concert platform, she performs Mahler Symphony No.4 with the Boston Philharmonic; and joins the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin for Les Noces in Bucharest at the Enescu Festival; the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra as Amanda Le Grand Macabre and Zaryadye Concert Hall, Moscow for a concert of Handel and Purcell Cecilian Odes conducted by Christian Curnyn. Looking further ahead, Sofia makes anticipated returns to Theater an der Wien and Staatsoper Hamburg as well as making her debut with Wiener Staatsoper.
The 2020/21 season saw Fomina launch her solo recital debut on Chandos, dedicated to Russian composer Nikolei Medtner; make her role debut as at Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Bayerische Staatsoper and return as Susanna Le nozze di Figaro during the Opera Festival in Munich. She also performed with Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin in Stravinky’s Les Noces and received invitations at Semperoper Dresden as Pamina in a new production of Die Zauberflöte and at Bayerische Staatsoper as Adele Die Fledermaus and Gilda Rigoletto.
Recent highlights include a company debut as Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos at Staatsoper Hamburg; Adele Die Fledermaus, Gilda Rigoletto, Fiakiermili Arabella and Oscar Un ballo in maschera at Bayersiche Staatsoper and her role and company debut as Pamina in a new production of Die Zauberflöte at Glyndebourne Festival and the BBC Proms. On the concert platform she performed Mahler Symphony No.2 with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and with Hugh Wolff and the Belgian National Orchestra; Haydn Harmoniemesse in Eisenstadt with Fabio Biondi; her Wigmore Hall debut together with pianist Iain Burnside and appeared at Middle Temple Hall with Julius Drake and Roderick Williams. Fomina was also invited to perform the role of La Comtesse Le comte Ory with Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and a recital with Roger Vignoles at deSingel International Arts Campus in Antwerp.
Recent operatic successes include her US Operatic debut as Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Seattle Opera, Musetta La bohème at the Festspiele Baden-Baden with Teodor Currentzis and Gilda Rigoletto, Olympia Les Contes d'Hoffman and Jemmy Guillaume Tell at Royal Opera House; her debut at Opéra de Paris as Blondchen in a new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Berthe Le Prophète at Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse; Oscar in a new production of Un Ballo in Maschera, Blondchen and Adele Die Fledermaus at Bayerische Staatsoper; and Aquillo in a concert performance of Adriano in Siria at Theater an der Wien.
On the concert platform her recent engagements include Mahler Symphony No.8 with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Luisi and Woglinde Das Rheingold with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski; the 2017 Deutsche Aids-Stiftung Operngala at Deutsche Oper Berlin; Marzelline in a concert version of Fidelio at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and in London with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; Carmina Burana in a New Year Gala Concert with the Czech Philharmonic and Jakub Hrusa; Mussorgsky’s The Nursery and Mahler Symphony No.4 on tour in Ferrara, Bologna and Frankfurt with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Gerald Finley and Vladimir Jurowski; Nanetta in a concert version of Falstaff with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra debut conducted by Edward Gardner; a New Year’s Gala Performance with Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Mahler Symphony No.8 and Mahler Symphony No.4 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in London, Madrid, Valencia, Alicante, Dresden and New York; and Mahler Symphony No.2 in Toledo Cathedral with Orchestra of 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 Hansel 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. 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, which launched her international career.
Giulietta I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Amina La Sonnambula*
Elvira I Puritani*
Ludmila Ruslan and Ludmila
Gretel Hänsel und Gretel
Isabelle Robert le Diable
Berthe Le prophète
Susanna Le nozze di Figaro
Despina Così fan tutte
Konstanze* & Blonde Entführung aus dem Serail
Olympia Les contes d'Hoffmann
Musetta La bohème
Belinda Dido and Aeneas
Marfa The Tsar’s Bride
Snowmaiden The Snowmaiden
Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia
Marie La fille du regiment*
Jemmy Guillaume Tell
Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos
Concert & recital repertoire
Cantata No.22, 'Wedding Cantata'
Sieben frühe lieder
A German Requiem
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Great Mass in C minor
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"Sofia Fomina was sheer delight, floating her A flat on “luna” rapturously at the end of her first brief rendezvous with Fenton."
Seen and Heard International
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.
"Sofia Fomina as Jemmy is possessed of a clean, pure and yet formidably striking soprano."