Sondra Radvanovsky

Season 17/18 Artist
© Pavel Antonov

 A Canadian national born in the United States, SondraRadvanovsky won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1995. A member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she performed the role of Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann on the stage of the New York Metropolitan Opera. Soon thereafter, her career took on an international dimension. She is regarded as one of the greatest Verdi performers of today. In addition to Leonora in Il Trovatore (her signature role), she has sung the roles of Aida, Elvira in Ernani, Luisa Miller, Elena in I Vepri siciliani, Lina in Stiffelio, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, and Amelia in Un ballo in maschera at some of the world’s great opera houses (London’s Covent Garden, Milan’s La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Lyric Opera in Chicago, the San Francisco Opera). Among the other roles that have marked her career, she has played the lead in Rusalka, Lucrezia Borgia, Manon Lescaut and Tosca, Roxanne in Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac, and Donizetti’s “threequeens”: AnnaBolena, Maria Stuarda and Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux. She took on the role of Norma during the 2011 / 2012 season at the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo and then at the New York Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper. She has also sung at the Paris Opera in Faust(Marguerite), I Vepri siciliani, Il Trovatore and Don Carlo. She recorded her first album of Verdi’s arias on the Delos label and then a selection of opera scenes by the same composer with Dmitri Hvorostovsky. A regular guest performer at the Metropolitan Opera, she has participated in the “Met Live in HD” streaming broadcasts of Il Trovatore, Un ballo in maschera and Roberto Devereux. She also features on the DVD of Cyrano de Bergerac alongside Placido Domingo, recorded live at the Valencia Palau de les Arts.

Projects: Norma at the Canadian Opera Company of Toronto and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Amelia (Simon Boccanegra) at the Monte-Carlo Opera and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Manon Lescaut at London's Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Tosca at theLos Angeles Opera. 

Creations at the Opera

  • Marguerite

    Faust - 2001

  • Hélène

    Les Vêpres siciliennes - 2003

  • Leonora

    Il Trovatore - 2003

  • Elisabetta di Valois

    Don Carlo - 2010

Currently in

Career history

University of South Carolina and the University of California Tanglewood Music Centre Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Programme


Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1995 Winner of the Loren L. Zachary Society Competition in 1995 Winner of the George London Foundation Competition in 1997