Sonia Prina

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Sonia Prina

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-       Haendel’s Rinaldo (title-role) - Scala, Glyndebourne, Zurich

-       Verdi’s Falstaff Falstaff (Quickly) – Parma Festival Verdi, Regio Turin

-       Handel’s Giulio Cesare (title-role) - Paris Théâtre des Champs Elysées

-       Mozart’s Ascanio (title-role) - Salzburg Festival

-       Haendel’s Orlando (title-role) - Paris TCE

-       Gluck’s Ezio (title-role) - Frankfurt Opera

-       Rossini’s Pietra del Paragone (Clarice) - Paris Chatelet

-       Haendel’s Orlando (title-role) - Sydney Opera

-       Haendel’s Tamerlano (title-role) - Munich Staatsoper

-       Haendel’s Ariodante (Polinesso) - Aix en Provence Festival

-       Haendel’s Rinaldo (Goffredo) - Chicago Lyric Opera

-       Haendel’s Xerse (Amastre), Ariodante (Polinesso) - San Francisco Opera

-       Haendel’s Alcina (Bradamante) - Opéra Bordeaux

-       Haendel’s Resurrezione, Berliner Philharmoniker

-       Various RecitalLondon Wigmar Hall, Vienna Musikverein…


Very much on demand around the world, Sonia Prina is one of the leading contralto of her generation. She studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan where she graduated in trumpet and voice. In 1996 she was offered a place at the Teatro alla Scala’s vocal Academy for young singers. At only 23 years old, Miss Prina made her debuts as Rosina Barbiere di Siviglia at Teatro alla Scala under the baton of R.Chailly, featuring a young Juan Diego Florez as Almaviva.

Her rare contralto voice is quickly noticed on the international lyric scene. She is the winner of numerous prizes including the prestigious Italian prize of critic “Abbiati” in 2006 and the “Tiberini d’Oro” in 2014 in both cases as best singer of the year.

She is collaborating regularly with conductors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Giovanni Antonini, Harry Bicket, Fabio Biondi, Ivor Bolton, Alan Curtis, William Christie, Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, Christopher Hogwood, René Jacobs, Paul McCreesh, Marc Minkowski, Jean Christophe Spinosì, Patrick Summers, Jordy Savall and appears in productions by Robert Carsen, David McVicar, Pier Luigi Pizzi, John Copley, David Alden.

Highlights include the title role Rinaldo (Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Zurich Opera and Glyndebourne Festival), title role Ascanio in Alba (Salzburg Festival), Clarice La Pietra di Paragone (Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris), , title role in Gluck’s Ezio (Frankfurt Oper), Aci, Galatea e Polifemo with René Jacobs (Brussels), Polinesso Ariodante (Aix en Provence Festival), and La Resurrezione with Emmanuelle Haïm and the Berliner Philarmoniker.  More recently she performed Smeton Anna Bolena at Teatro El Liceu (Barcelona) with Editha Gruberova and Elina Garanca, Isabella Italiana in Algeri (Teatro Regio, Torino), and La Maman, La Tasse chinoise, La Libellule L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Palermo and Naples). With Jordi Savall she performed Vivaldi’s Farnace (Madrid) & Teuzzone (El Liceu, Barcelona).

Alongside the baroque repertoire, Sonia Prina has made her debut in a more romantic repertoire with roles including Quickly Falstaff in Parma and Turin with conductors D. Renzetti and R. Frizza, Federica Luisa Miller and Beethoven 9th symphony at the at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms.

Sonia Prina is particularly fond of Handel and has performed his works wildly including the title roles of: Giulio Cesare (Dresden), Orlando (Sidney, Paris, Dresden), Tamerlano (Munich) Amadigi (Naples), Rinaldo (Zurich, La Scala and Glyndebourne), Silla (Rome). Subsequent handel roles performed are Bradamante Alcina (Paris), Polinesso Ariodante (Barcelona and San Francisco), Bertarido Rodelinda (London and Vienna), Goffredo Rinaldo (Chicago), Amastre Serse (San Francisco and Houston).

Sonia performs the Monteverdi operas Trilogy in which she sings Ottone L’Incoronazione di Poppea with Rinaldo Alessandrini, Penelope Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with Ottavio Dantone, Messaggera and Speranza Orfeo with William Christie in Madrid Teatro Real.

A fine recitalist, in 2017 she is “artist in residence” at the Wigmore Hall, London, where she regularly gives recital every year since 2012.

She also performs recitals all over Europe, South America and Japan, with orchestras such as the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Il Giardino Armonico, Accademia Bizantina, Le Concert d’Astrée, Europa Galante, Kammerorchester Basel, Ensemble Matheus.

Miss Prina is regularly invited to return at La Scala in Milan, Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Real of Madrid and Teatro el Liceu in Barcelona, Sydney Opera, Barbican Centre, London, Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera, Munich Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Aix en Provence Festival, Zurich Opera.

Recognised as an Italian artist, Miss Prina was invited to sing Vivaldi’s Magnificat at the Vatican under the baton of Zhang Xian for S.S. Pope Benedict XVI and the Italian president Mr Giorgio Napolitano.

Her vast discography includes Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno and La Resurrezione (Virgin), Vivaldi’s Senna festeggiante and L’Olimpiade (Naïve), title role Ottone in Villa by Vivaldi (Naïve Vivaldi Edition). We also mention a solo album Vivaldi’s Arie Ritrovate (Naïve).Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Erato),  Handel’s Lotario (DHM) and Rodelinda (Deutsche Grammophon), the title roles in Gluck’s Ezio and Handel’s Ezio (Erato). DVDs counts the title role Ascanio in Alba (Deutsche Grammophon), La Pietra di Paragone (Naïve) and title-role Rinaldo (DVD Opus Arte). Recently released by Glossa label have been three new albums: Handel’s Catone and Handel’s Silla where Miss Prina sings the title roles, and a new solo album with Gluck’s rediscovered arias.

 Last edited November 2017

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