Sonia Ganassi is considered one of the greatest mezzos of her generation. She is regularly invited to perform at the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, Teatro Real in Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, just to mention a few, where she collaborates with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Muti and Antonio Pappano.
As a result of her numerous successes, in 1999 she won the Premio Abbiati, Italy’s most prestigious music critics award.
Her vast repertoire – mostly recorded on CD and DVD – includes: Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Angelina in Cenerentola, Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Adalgisa in Norma, Leonora in La Favorita, Zaïde in Dom Sebastien, Jane Seymour in Anna Bolena, Elizabeth in Maria Stuarda, Idamante in Idomeneo, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Eboli in Don Carlo, Charlotte in Werther, Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust, and the title roles in Carmen, Ermione and Elisabetta Regina d’Inghilterra.
Sonia also enjoys prolific concert activity, performing among numerous others: Stabat Mater at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and at Teatro alla Scala; Verdi’s Requiem at the Berlin Philharmonie, at La Scala under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, at Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome conducted by Antonio Pappano, at Teatro San Carlo in Naples conducted by Riccardo Muti and in Parma conducted by Yuri Temirkanov.
Among her recent and future engagements: Roberto Devereux in Madrid, Munich, Genoa, and Parma; Don Carlo in Munich, Tokyo, and Marseille; Nabucco in Rome and Salzburg; Oedipus Rex in Paris, conducted by Daniele Gatti, and at Santa Cecilia in Rome; Aida in Marseille, Madrid, Naples and Macerata; Carmen in Genoa; Anna Bolena in Vienna, Marseille, Parma, Genoa, and at Teatro alla Scala; Norma in Lyon, Paris, Seville, Berlin, Macerata and a new production in London; Maria Stuarda in Verona; I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Venice; La Straniera in Berlin; Le Cid in Paris; Pelléas et Mélisande in Florence; Stabat Mater in Parma and Piacenza; Fra Diavolo in Rome and in Palermo; Enrico di Borgogna in Bergamo; Werther in Venice; La Favorite in Liège and Palermo; Cavalleria rusticana in Dresden, Palermo, Genoa, Bologna, Stuttgart, Valencia and Verona; and Macbeth in Cagliari.