Sofija Petrovic

Born in Belgrade, Serbia on June 1st 1991, Sofija Petrovic started playing violin at the age of 9 and since then got involved into classical music. In 2014, Sofija graduated from the Faculty of Music Arts in her native city, where she received bachelor diploma in voice. Her voice teacher at University was a Russian soprano Ljudmila Gross.

In 2012 the young soprano won the Grand Prix in the republican competition in Serbia. As an outstanding talent of her country and one of the best students she got a scholarship from the government of Belgrade.  In her country she appeared in all he major concert venues.

In 2012, as the youngest of all competitiors she got into the finals of Ferruccio Tagliavini in Austria, where mezzo soprano Elena Obraztsova was the head of the jury. Madam Obraztsova invited Sofija to be her guest in St. Petersburg and Moscow to participate in her masterclass.

In may 2013, she participated in a baroque masterclass organized by Marijana Mijanovic, an alto in European world of baroque music.

In july and august the same year she got a scholarship from Juilliard voice teacher Daniel Ferro to attend his masterclass in Tuscany, Italy. There she had a chance to sing in a number of concerts in Firenze and Greve in Chianti and to work with the principal coach maestro collaboratore Massimiliano Bullo from La Scala Milan and the other coaches and vocal teachers like Peter Castaldi, Ricardo Herrera, Bruno Rigacci- conductor and composer.

In October 2013, she was heard in Vienna by voice teacher Bill Schuman and invited by him to attend the audition for Academy of Vocal Arts 4 year training program in Philadelphia. In September 2014. she started her studies in Philadelphia at AVA with Bill Schuman. At AVA Sofija works with coaches Danielle Orlando, David Lofton, Audrey Saint Gil, Richard Raub, Luke Housner and Christopher Macatsoris.

In June 2015, Sofija was invited to work on the role of Madam Butterfly with Martina Arroyo in her Summer program in New York City. At that same time she was invited to France to work with baritone Ludovic Tezier at a masterclass in Nancy. There she sang Marguerite’s aria from Boito’s Mefistofele at the Opera National de Lorraine under the baton of conductor Michael Balke.

In January 2016, Sofija joined Atelier lyrique of Opera National de Paris. Here, she will be resident artist until July 2018. She is currently working with vocal coaches Margaret Singer, Jeff Cohen, Jean Marc Bouget, Muriel Corradini, Irene Kudela… voice teachers Michele Wegwart and Catherine Green from New York. She worked in masterclasses with world renovned singers like Luciana D’Intino, Ildar Abdrazakov, Raina Kabaivanska, Sondra Radvanovsky…  In Opera Bastille in October 2016. she sang a role of Mrs. Coyle in the Atelier lyrique production of Benjamin Britten’s opera Owen Wingrave under the baton of maestro Stephen Higgins… “Even if her role is not the most exposed, Sofija Petrović arrives incontestably at the top of the production, by its real stage presence and especially by the beauty of a voice sound, flexible and always carrying an immediate emotion. Great  artist, the thing is clear, whose merits should soon be recognized. “

In the end of 2016th she sang the aria of Lady Macbeth for a movie of Fanny Ardant « Magie noire » at Opera Bastille.

In january 2017, she performed the aria of Ariadne auf Naxos with orchestra of Opera National de Paris in Opera Garnier and in January 2018.  grand duo of Cassandre and Chorebe from Berlioz’s opera Les Troyenes.

She performed the role of Opernsangerin in Philippe Boesmans opera Reigen (La Ronde) in October 2017 at Opera Bastille under the baton of maestro Jean Deroyer…. ‘’ Sofija Petrovic wins the title of the voice of the premium volume. Even from behind, her voice is thunderous, always placed on a dramatic effect with tight vibrato, and for good reason: she plays the role of The Sangerin. Alone on the phone, she performs a powerful vocalisante impressive, reminding of, Lulu and The Human Voice.’’

‘’Sofija Petrović evolves completely in her element, since she gives herself thoroughly in her character of diva, for the pleasure of the public. The interpretation is all the more credible because a projection hardly credible for such a young voice makes the walls of the amphitheater tremble.’’

In March 2018, she performed the old Opera Diva in  the Kurt Weill show by Mirabelle Ordinaire in Amphitheater of Opera Bastille.

“”Parmi ces derniers, mention spéciale pour Sofija Petrovic. La soprano serbe subjugue dans le rôle de l’ancienne vedette d’opéra, entonnant un Vissi d’arte qui annonce une puccinienne d’exception.”

Next engagements at Opera Bastile are cover of Cassandre in Les Troyenes by Berlioz and the role of Aksinya in opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in season 2018/19.