SOFIA SOLOVIY – soprano
Sofia Soloviy was born in Lviv (Ukraine), where she began her musical studies at the age of four, completing them at the Music Academy M.Lyssenko, where she graduated with honors in singing, piano and musicology. In 2000 she moved to Italy, where she studied with Raina Kabaivanska and William Matteuzzi at the Academy of Lyrical Art in Osimo, followed by courses at the Rossinian Academy in Pesaro and at the Chigiana Music Academy in Siena with Alberto Zedda, Gianluigi Gelmetti and Gustav Kuhn. Awarded at the Corradetti Competition in Padua, Ziino Competition in Rome and at the Deutschlandsberg Tagliavini Competition (Austria), she was awarded first prize and the Audience Award at the Viotti Competition in Vercelli. In 2007 she was the protagonist of the MIDEM Classical Awards in Cannes.
Numerous and varied roles have alredy been successfully interpreted in many opera houses. She was Elisetta in the Secret Marriage at the Fenice in Venice and Rosalia in Rossini's L'Equivoco stravagante in Bad Wildbad and Strasburg. In Rome Opera House shesuccessfully participated in the productions of Tancredi and Semiramide (directed by Pierluigi Pizzi) conducted by Gelmetti, whereas at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo shesang the role of Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena (a production later also performed on tour in Japan). More recently, she made her debut in Cherubini's Lodoiska at the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw.
Several Mozartian personalities have come to the fore: Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera (Al Ain Classics Festival), Idamante in the Straussian version of Idomeneo (Martina Franca), the Countess in Seoul and the Rome Opera House (in the production of Gigi Proietti), Pamina in Treviso and Jesi and Fiordiligi at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence (conductet by Christophe Rousset) and in Luxembourg as well as the Teatro Sancarlo di Napoli (also on tour in Chile).
She is also a very recognized interpreter of the repertoire of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In Martina Franca she sang Gennariello in Gomes' Salvator Rosa and Strauss' Salome; in Osimo she interpreted Carmela in Giordano's Mese Mariano, while at the Opera House of Ljubljana she was recently with great success the protagonist in Puccini's Manon Lescaut.
Sofia Soloviy is also an acclaimed interpreter of contemporary music: she has been selected to sing the leading role of Martha in the world premiere of Matteo D'Amico's opera Le Malentendu at the Steristerio Opera Festival in Macerata, and since some years she works with Krzysztof Penderecki, singing in the Seven Gates of Jerusalem in Munich and the Te Deum in Nice under the direction of the composer.
In the sacred repertoire she sang very successfully the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi (in Padova), Boccherini (in Florence conducted by Frans Brüggen) and Rossini ( in Florenceconducted by Gabriele Ferro), as well as Faure's Requiem in Lugano. Recently she sang Brahms' German Requiem under the direction of John Axelrod.
Her involvement has been significant in the recording studio and in the context of live recordings. Her discography includes recordings of Salvator Rosa by Gomes (Dynamic), Boccherini's Stabat Mater, The Return of Ulysses by Monteverdi (Brilliant Classics), Idomeneo by Mozart-Strauss (Dynamic), Salome by Strauss (Dynamic), Lodoiska by Cherubini (Polskie Radio) and a DVD of Anna Bolena by Donizetti (Dynamic).
Performing in many opera houses of a wide range of European country, her future plans include Megacle in L'Olimpiade by Pergolesi at the Pergolesi's Festival (Jesi, Italy), soprano in Mozart's Requiem (Krakow, Polen), Nedda in I Pagliacci and Lucrezia Contarini in I Due Foscari at the Royal Opera of Wallonie in Liege and Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo in Klagenfurt..