Parlando: The COC Blog

9/8/2010

Sondra Radvanovsky on the Web

We talked about the critical acclaim for Sondra Radvanovsky's Verdi performances in an earlier post (she will be sharing the role of Aida with Michele Capalbo), but today I'll highlight some places around the web where she speaks for herself! 

Last fall she did a Q&A with the popular West Coast opera blog, The Opera Tattler. She believes that technology is important to bringing opera to a larger crowd:

"Yes, we are going to launch a new web site with all the bells and whistles, and I am just starting out with Facebook too. Technology is part of it, like with the Met in movie theaters, and the SF Opera simulcast of Il Trovatore. Opera is not just for elitists, and it should be brought to as many people as possible, like the Opera in the Park that SF Opera did last month. Opera also needs to be modernized, has to speak to the younger people, and be believable to them."

Here's a more recent interview from Classical Archives, in which she discusses the difficulties inherent in Verdi roles:

"I would have to say that technique is really the most important thing, because Verdi—like Bellini and Donizetti, his predecessors in the bel canto school—requires a technique that enables you to sing high and low, loud and soft, all within one aria. And the range can be incredible, as in Trovatore or Vespri Siciliani, where I can sing a high E-natural and then have an immediate run down to a low F#—I mean, that’s unheard of, but that’s what Verdi demands."

She also did a chat this spring with La Scena Musicale, and told how much she enjoys her Ontario home:

"I'm a real homebody . . . sitting at home and having friends over. It's such a simple joy. We have a new house we bought in September and I haven't seen the flowers grow yet. We have ten acres, trees, pond . . . I love going into the garden."

She is also active on her Facebook fan page, where she posts photos and updates, most recently of the changing autumn leaves. Look out for more interviews as Aida approaches.

Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2010/2011 / comments (6) / permalink

Gale Martin (9/9/2010 6:47:00 AM)
Radvanovsky is a very appealing artist. I like her openness and the fact that she's supremely talented yet down to earth and accessible. Her Facebook presence speaks to that. You're doing a terrific job building and sustaining interest in your upcoming season.
Cecily (9/9/2010 9:06:00 AM)
Yesterday I had the chance to meet her (very briefly) in person and she was charming! It's going to be exciting to see her perform.
Definitely the Opera (9/14/2010 2:26:00 AM)
She made it to the highly competitive second round of votes for the Diva of the Last Twenty Years on parterre.com - and that's quite a feat.
Cecily (9/14/2010 9:19:00 AM)
DtO: That is impressive indeed! The authors at parterre.com take divahood very seriously.
David Johnson (9/16/2010 10:54:00 AM)
I saw Sondra in Trovatore at the Met 2 years ago and she was outstanding. It is exciting that she is singing here and hopefully will continue to do so over the next few years.
Cecily (9/16/2010 11:55:00 AM)
David: I've heard wonderful things about that Trovatore! I'm really looking forward to seeing her Leonora in the Met HD broadcast coming up in April.

Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001