Italian mezzo-soprano Sonia Ganassi made her Royal Opera House debut in 1997 as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and has since returned to sing the title role in La Cenerentola, Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Sara in Roberto Devereux, Princess Eboli in Don Carlo and Adalgisa in Norma.
Born in Reggio Emilia, Ganassi has sung for the world’s leading opera companies, including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris Opéra, Liceu, Barcelona, Teatro Real, Madrid, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, and at the Orange and Rossini Opera festivals. Her repertoire includes Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena, Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda and Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra, Azucena in Il trovatore, Preziosilla in La forza del destino, Eboli in Don Carlo, Charlotte in Werther, Leonora in La favorita, Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust, Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana and Carmen. Engagements have included Adalgisa for the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Romeo in Genoa, Giovanna Seymour in Lyon, Paris, Marseille, Parma and Milan, Preziosilla in Genoa, Santuzza at the Semperoper Dresden, Azucena in Cagliari, Eboli in Marseille and Elisabetta in Genoa.
Ganassi sings regularly in concert with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Muti and Antonio Pappano. Her many recordings include Verdi’s Requiem with Pappano for EMI Classics. Her awards include the 1999 Premio Franco Abbiati.