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Sofia Fomina

Soprano

  • Rising star soprano Sofia Fomina made a sensational debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in December 2012 as Isabelle in Laurent Pelly’s new production of Robert Le Diable:


    “Fomina made one of the strongest impressions in the cast. She negotiated Isabelle’s challenges fearlessly, in a sweet, well-controlled soprano with a pleasing, delicately fluttering vibrato”
    Opera Magazine

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  • Shortly afterwards, she made debuts with the Bayerische Staatsoper and Zurich Opernhaus and was nominated by German magazine Opernwelt as Nachwuchskünstlerin des Jahres (Newcomer of the year), following her role debut as Gilda.


    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, Nannetta 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.


    Last season she made her debut with Opéra de Paris as Blondchen in a new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail and was heard as Jemmy in Damiano Micheletto’s production of Guillaume Tell at Royal Opera House.


    In 2015/16 she returns to Bayerische Staatsoper as Blondchen and Oscar in a new production of Un Ballo in Maschera conducted by Zubin Mehta. At The Royal Opera House she reprises her role of Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos and makes her debut as Aquilio Adriano in Siria in Versailles. On the concert platform she sings Carmina Burana in a New Year Gala Concert with the Czech Philharmonic and Jakub Hrusa as well as making her City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra debut in a concert version of Falstaff, conducted by Edward Gardner. Further ahead, engagements include leading roles at Royal Opera House and Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse.

    2015-16 season / 576 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Season highlights

Najade Ariadne auf Naxos
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


Oscar Un ballo in maschera / Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Bayerische Staatsoper


Nanetta Falstaff 
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra


Aquilio Adriano in Siria
Versailles


Carmina Burana
Czech Philharmonic 

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.4


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

Gorgeous of course was Sofia Fomina as Gilda. Her soprano voice is clear, full of dramatic intensity and direction in Gilda’s despair. Especially when father and daughter sing the duet (‘Figlia – mio padre’ and later ‘Tutte le fixe’), which are delicious moments.

Saarbrücker Zeitung

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
Senior Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9904
mmot@intermusica.co.uk

Evangeline Parker
Administrator, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9937
eparker@intermusica.co.uk

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Tim Mead

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David Alden

Andreas Homoki

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles