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, Bayerische Staatsoper, Hungarian National Opera, Royal Opera House, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Theater an der Wien and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. A frequent collaborator with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra she has performed with them in Fidelio and Mahler’s 4th and 8th Symphonies in London and on tour in Europe and the US. Other concert appearances include Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with Teatro Real, New Year’s Gala concerts with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Czech Philharmonic, Falstaff with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a tour of Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski.
The 2018/19 season sees Fomina make her role and company debut as Pamina in a new production of Die Zauberflöte at Glyndebourne Festival and returns to Bayerische Staatsoper for performances of Gilda Rigoletto and Fiakiermili Arabella. She also makes her Wigmore Hall debut together with pianist Iain Burnside.
Last season Fomina made her US Operatic debut as Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Seattle Opera. Shortly after she was heard as Musetta La bohème at the Festspiele Baden-Baden with Teodor Currentzis and as Gilda Rigoletto at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Munich audiences saw her as Adele Die Fledermaus, a role debut and as Wellgunde Die Götterdämmerung. On the concert platform, Fomina performed in Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Luisi and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to sing Woglinde Das Rheingold under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski. She also took part in the Deutsche Aids-Stiftung Operngala at Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Recent operatic successes include 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 and Blondchen at Bayerische Staatsoper; and Aquillo in a concert performance of Adriano in Siria at Theater an der Wien.
Hugh Wolff, Sofia Fomina (Sopraan), Michelle DeYoung (mezzosopraan), de Octopus koor, Brussels Chamber Choir