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Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky is an internationally celebrated artist who has performed at major opera houses across the globe. The first singer in Metropolitan Opera history to perform all ‘three queens’ in Donizetti’s Tudor dramas, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux, Radvanovsky’s “outright gorgeous, poignant and silvery” (The Washington Post) voice will stay with you long after this recital.
The applause and bravos for the soprano Sondra Radvanovsky were so frenzied… [the audience] had just witnessed an emotionally vulnerable and vocally daring performance, a milestone in the career of an essential artist. (The New York Times)
Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky is a globally celebrated artist. The sincerity and intensity that she brings to the stage as one of the most prominent sopranos of her generation have won her accolades from critics and loyalty from passionate fans. When The Washington Post praised her singing as “outright gorgeous, poignant and silvery,” it confirmed what Radvanovsky followers had known for years. The exquisite depth and color of her voice are matched by her artistry and versatility across a remarkable range of repertoire, from the title roles in Rusalka and Lucrezia Borgia to the enormously challenging Norma. Her signature role is Leonora in Il Trovatore, and she is widely regarded as one of the premiere Verdi sopranos alive today. She has portrayed the title roles in Aïda and Luisa Miller, Elvira in Ernani, Elena in I Vespri Siciliani, Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlo, and Lina in Stiffelio, among others.
Radvanovsky's recent mastery of such bel canto roles as Norma has also led her to Donizetti's “three queens,” the leading soprano parts in his Tudor dramas. In the last few seasons, she has solidified her command of the title roles in Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda and the role of Queen Elizabeth in Roberto Devereux, and this season, in a feat never before undertaken by any singer in Metropolitan Opera history, Radvanovsky performs all three queens at the Met. Other season highlights include Manon Lescaut and Tosca at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Tosca at the Bayerische Staatsoper, and Aida at the Opéra national de Paris. She also sings recitals in Toronto and Oman and performs at the Grand Opera Gala in Aid of the Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung and the fall gala at the Park Avenue Armory.
Radvanovsky has performed in every major opera house in the world, including the Royal Opera House, the Paris Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and numerous others. Her home theater is the Metropolitan Opera, where she began her training in the late 1990s. After performances in smaller roles there, Radvanovsky caught the attention of critics as Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann and was singled out as a soprano to watch. On the concert platform, she has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, both with James Levine, with the Chicago Symphony and David Zinman, with the San Francisco Symphony and James Conlon, and with the Bayerische Staatsoper and Zubin Mehta.
Radvanovsky's debut recording, Verdi Arias, was released in April 2010 on the Delos label. The album quickly became a critical hit and made several season-best lists, including those of NPR and The New Yorker. In 2011 Delos released a CD of Verdi opera scenes with Radvanovsky and her frequent artistic partner Dmitri Hvorostovsky to coincide with the pair’s return to the Met stage in Il Trovatore. The disc was recorded with the Philharmonia of Russia and Constantine Orbelian.
Radvanovsky is no stranger to the screen. She stars in a Naxos DVD of Cyrano de Bergerac alongside Plácido Domingo and in Il Trovatore and Un Ballo in Maschera for the wildly popular “Met: Live in HD” series. She has also been an enthusiastic host for the “Live in HD” transmissions of La Fanciulla del West, Otello, and Francesca da Rimini.
Born just outside of Chicago, Radvanovsky now makes her home with her husband near Toronto.
Pianist and Coach Anthony V. Manoli has worked with some of the leading opera companies throughout the world including the Theatre Des Champs-Elysees, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Opera Lausanne and L’Opera Du Rhin as assistant conductor and coach. In addition, the Spoleto Festival in both Italy and the United States, The Los Angeles Opera, The Washington National Opera, Opera New England, Lake George Opera Festival and L’Opera Francais de New York have engaged him as both conductor and pianist/coach. Other duties for Mr. Manoli include prompting for The Washington National Opera and the Palau De Les Arts, Valencia Spain. He is summer faculty for Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices and has served as faculty for the CoOPERAtive program at Westminster Choir College/Ryder University. Mr. Manoli was a Fellowship coach at the Tanglewood Festival and has worked with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Seiji Ozawa, Claudio Abbado, Robert Shaw, Sir Andrew Davis, Richard Bonygne and Sir Colin Davis. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Mirella Freni, Jose Carreras, Rockwell Blake, Edita Gruberova and Barbara Frittoli are just some of the singers with whom he has worked.
Mr. Manoli has given master classes in London, France for the Fondation Royaumont, Denver Opera, USC School of Music and more recently at the SIVAM Institute in Mexico City. He received his musical training at the New England Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School where he was a staff member. His teachers have included Patricia Zander and Herbert Stessin for piano studies and Alberta Masiello for opera studies.
Mr. Manoli has coached for the Domingo-Cafritz Washington National Opera’s Young Artist Program and has worked for the Los Angeles Opera’s Young Artist Program. He has also worked at the Canadian Opera Companies Young Artist Ensemble and for the New National Theater’s Young Artist Program in Tokyo where he conducted a series of concerts. He is a faculty member of the Mannes College of Music in New York City where he lives and maintains an active coaching studio. He appears frequently in recital with prominent singers worldwide and has been seen on the A&E channel in performance with Mezzo-Soprano Dolora Zajick along with performances on television throughout Asia with Soprano YoungOk Shin, performances in the United States and Mexico with Tenor David Lomeli and with Sondra Radvanovsky in the United States, Canada, Mexico and a series of upcoming concerts in Spain in 2016. He is an associate producer for recordings that appear on the Telarc and Naxos labels and is heard on the soundtrack for the Miramax film “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”