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Sondra Radvanovsky

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky is a globally celebrated artist. The depth and exquisite color of her voice are matched by her dramatic acting ability and versatility across a remarkable range of repertoire, from the title roles in Rusalka and Lucrezia Borgia, to Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac and the title role in Manon Lescaut. She is widely regarded as one of the premiere Verdi sopranos alive today, as well as one of the premiere interpreters of bel canto.

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  • 08.02.2016 - Sondra Radvanovsky "makes a vivid impact" in 'Maria Stuarda' at The Met

  • "... [in] her magnificent rendering of the title role ... Ms. Radvanovsky will perform the bravura feat of singing Donizetti’s three Tudor queens in one season, mirroring Beverly Sills’s achievement at New York City Opera in the 1970s. Ms. Radvanovsky already made a strong impression as the title character in “Anna Bolena” and made an equally vivid impact in “Maria Stuarda,” based on a Friedrich Schiller play that explores the rivalry between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. The opera includes a few fictitious elements, like a historically inaccurate love triangle and a dramatically juicy confrontation in which Mary calls Elizabeth a “vile bastard.”

    Ms. Radvanovksy’s voice sounded huge and radiant in the tender “O nube! Che lieve per l’aria,” her reminiscence about France and freedom. She navigated the coloratura hurdles with ease throughout, her shading, dynamic control and expressive nuance rendering the confession scene particularly potent."      

    Vivien Schweitzer - The New York Times

    "Radvanovsky, who is singing all three lead roles in Donizetti's Tudor trilogy - she performed Anna Bolena in the Fall and will portray Elizabeth I in Roberto Devereux in the spring - this season at the Met, has assumed the mantle of our leading bel canto soprano, and her mastery of that demanding style is on display in Maria Stuarda."

    Apart from the rich, silvery tone of Radvanovsky's voice, her breath control is, in a word, breathtaking. and she can carry the most delicate pianissimo passages to the far corner of the Met house. Her phrasing and portamento evoke the full range of emotion, from joy to fear, from anger to remorse. Her opening aria "O nube" makes one's heart leap in delight, and her final act confessional "Quando di luce rosea" is heart-rending."

    Wilborn Hampton - The Huffington Post

    "... with Sondra Radvanovsky’s tour this season through the Donizetti Tudor queens, one really does get the sense of witnessing a historic achievement. Her performance in Anna Bolena was a thrilling start to her quest for the triple crown, and Friday’s premiere of Maria Stuarda continued the cycle in superb fashion ...

    Radvanovsky’s coloratura is solid ... her voice has developed into a gorgeous, amber instrument with soft warmth in the middle range and a fierce blaze at the top. What’s more, her voice is gigantic, carrying effortlessly into the house and preserving every nuance along the way.

    From her fierce confrontation with Queen Elizabeth to her heartbreaking scenes as she awaits execution in Act II, she was totally committed to her role, channeling her conviction into her singing. She floated some of her trademark pianissimos in an emotional but firmly resolved account of her confession aria, and followed with searing power in “Ah, se un giorno,” as she bid farewell to her beloved Leicester."

    Eric C. Simpson - New York Classical Review


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