Sondra Radvanovsky is an American soprano. Sondra was born in Berwyn, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, on April 11, 1969. She lived and attended high school in Richmond, Indiana, a small city which, despite its size, had its own opera company. She started her career early, at the age of 11, and has been taught by several well-known teachers including Martial Singher, Ruth Falcon and Diana Soviero.
She is best known in the roles of Elvira in Ernani, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Hélène in Les Vêpres Siciliennes and Élisabeth in Don Carlos. In 2010, she opened the Canadian Opera Company’s season in the title role of Verdi’s Aida. She recently made a splash as Leonora in David McVicar’s production of Il Trovatore opposite Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Dolora Zajick, and Marcelo Álvarez at the Metropolitan Opera. She reprised this role in 2011 at the same opera house and one of the performances was transmitted Live in HD in movie theaters around the world.