Deemed “an essential artist” by The New York Times, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky continues to astound audiences around the world with her magnificent portrayals of opera’s great dramatic heroines. Radvanovsky and pianist Anthony Manoli return to Toronto for one night only for From Bel Canto to Verismo, a rare and intimate recital for her hometown audience. The all-Italian program will touch upon Radvanovsky’s history-making roles, which have firmly established her as one of the reigning voices of our era.
Recent triumphs for Radvanovsky include Bellini’s Norma, which opened the new season at the Metropolitan Opera, prompting critics to herald her as “the Norma of her generation.” Also at the Met, she made history conquering Donizetti’s “three queens” — the leading soprano roles in his Tudor dramas Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux — in a single season. A beloved artist at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Radvanovsky recently brought down the house, performing an encore of “La mamma morta” in Andrea Chénier, a feat not seen at that opera house in 20 years.
As The Toronto Star declared following her star turn in Anna Bolena with the Canadian Opera Company this year, “Radvanovsky at the peak of her powers is something extraordinary to behold.”