Sondra Radvanovsky – The Singer Behind the Song

On March 29, 2017, Sondra Radvanovsky and members of the UBC Opera Ensemble presented an afternoon of music and conversation at the Old UBC Auditorium. The performance was hosted by Prof. Nancy Hermiston of the UBC School of Music.


  • “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka by Antonin Dvorák
  • “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
  • Interview
  • “Casta Diva” from Norma by Vincenzo Bellini with members of the UBC Opera Ensemble, Geoffrey Schellenberg – Oroveso
  • “Deh! Tu di un’umile preghiera” from Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti with members of the UBC Opera Ensemble

Sondra Radvanovsky is a globally celebrated artist who is regarded as one of the premiere Verdi sopranos today. The sincerity and intensity she brings to the stage as one of the most prominent sopranos of her generation have won her accolades from critics and loyalty from passionate fans. The exquisite depth and colour of her voice are matched by her artistry and versatility across a remarkable range of repertoire, including the enormously challenging Norma by Bellini. It is in this role that she will open the 2017/18 Metropolitan Opera Season, making her one of only three sopranos to sing Norma at the Met. In the Met Opera’s 2015/16 season, Ms. Radvanovsky performed all three queens in Donizetti’s “Tudor” operas, the only singer to ever perform all three in one season.