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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, 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.

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  • In the 2019/20 season, Fomina makes an anticipated role and company debut in the title role Manon in a new production at Opéra de Paris. Further highlights include a company debut as Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos at Staatsoper Hamburg and Adele Die Fledermaus at Bayersiche Staatsoper. On the concert platform she sings Mahler's 2nd Symphony with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and with Hugh Wolff and the Belgian National Orchestra, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse in Eisenstadt with Fabio Biondi and appears in recital with Roger Vignoles in Antwerp.


    In 2018/19, Fomina made her role and company debut as Pamina in a new production of Die Zauberflöte at Glyndebourne Festival and the BBC Proms and returned to Bayerische Staatsoper for performances of Gilda Rigoletto, Fiakiermili Arabella and Oscar Un ballo in maschera. On the recital platform she made her Wigmore Hall debut together with pianist Iain Burnside and appeared at Middle Temple Hall with Julius Drake and Roderick Williams.


    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 Tales of Hoffmann and Jemmy Guillaume Tell at Royal Opera House; her debut 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’s 8th Symphony 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’s 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 and Edward Gardner; a New Year’s Gala Performance with Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Mahler’s Symphony No.8 and Mahler’s 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.

    Season 2019-20 / 682 Words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Season highlights

Pamina Die Zauberflöte
Glyndebourne


Gilda Rigoletto
Bayerische Staatsoper


Adele Die Fledermaus
Bayerische Staatsoper


Oscar Un Ballo in Maschera
Bayerische Staatsoper


Fiakermilli Arabella
Bayerische Staatsoper


Ännchen Der Freischütz 
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

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."

Bachtrack

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

Charlotte Firth
Assistant Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9922
cfirth@intermusica.co.uk

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All artists

Clarinet

Mark Simpson

Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles