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Sofia Troncoso, operatic soprano, was born in the United States to South American parents from whom she inherited a passion for music and a serious case of wanderlust. Having spent the last decade abroad, Sofia's engaging performances and beautiful soprano has been gaining attention on both sides of the Atlantic and now in Australia.
Since arriving to Australia in 2020, she has made major debuts starting with her Brisbane concert debut in QPAC with Musica Viva alongside Camerata in the critically acclaimed Queen of the Nile. Suzannah Conway of the major arts editorial Limelight Magazine writes, "Demanding not only an excellent technique but delicate phrasing and breath control, as well as fiendish agility in the higher register, Troncoso was impressive on all counts."
In 2021 she debuted in Melbourne as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Scalia/Ginsburg with Orchestra Victoria.
Sofia's Brisbane opera debut as Susanna in Opera Queensland's new production of The Marriage of Figaro was met with critical acclaim. Again, from Limelight Magazine, "The beautiful soprano of Troncoso is solid through the range; a perfect voice for this role." She is currently a 2021 Opera Queensland Young Artist.
In 2022 she debuts in Sydney with Pinchgut as Silandra in Cesti's Orontea.
In November 2021 Musica Viva invited Sofia to sing in concert again, this time a French salon alongside Patrick Nolan (flute) and Alex Ranieri (piano) at the Queensland Conservatoire. She is also performing a reiteration of Queen of the Nile December 2021 with Camerata, Queensland's chamber orchestra. Camerata has invited her to sing Britten's Les Illuminations in 2022.
Sofia studied, trained and worked in the UK having retained an Exceptional Talent Visa. She moved to London to pursue her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music which she completed with Distinction. There she was awarded by the Isabel Jay Foundation which enabled her to sing as a soloist in many oratorio concerts. She was also recognised by the Michael Head Prize and the Isabel Jay Foundation. She also sang in masterclass with Simon Keenlyside.
During her time as a student in the UK, Sofia cut her teeth with many professional companies:
Chorus in The Mikado with Scottish Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Hampstead Garden Opera,
Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera24, Frasquita in Carmen with Ormond Opera, Vixen in Cunning Little Vixen at Grimeborn Festival,
Sister Genioveffa in Suor Angelica with Lunchbreak Opera, Cleopatra (Cover) in Giulio Cesare for Bury Court Opera,
Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Devon Opera, Selena in an adaptation of La Serva Padrona at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to name a few...
She then went on to be a 2016/17 Young Artist with the acclaimed National Opera Studio where she was featured in the roles of Susanna, Zerlina, Amina, Norina, Cendrillon, Frasquita, Irina and Sabina in residencies with Opera North, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera. During her time there she studied with Janis Kelly.
In 2016 Sofia was a Young Artist for Les Azuriales Opera where she sand Nanetta in Falstaff. She also won the Karaviotis Prize and the Salter Prize in the Les Azuriales International Competition.
In 2018 she made a fiery Young Artist debut at Longborough Festival Opera as Poppea in L'incoronazione di Poppea that left audiences and critics breathless. That same year she also sang Adele in Die Fledermaus all around Europe with Diva Opera. A big year for Sofia, she also made her Chinese debut in concert the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra and was invited her back that same year as a soloist in Mahler 2.
A 2018-2019 Emerging Artist for Scottish Opera Sofia most notably sang Papagena in The Magic Flute and covered Pamina in the same production. Living proof that there are no small roles, only small actors, Opera Magazine writes, " The show was nearly stolen by Sofia Troncoso's Papagena..."
There she also sang in the Opera Highlights Tour and covered Professor Prentice in Anthopocene. During her time at Scottish Opera, she debuted in concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She studied with Scott Johnson during this period.
In 2020 she was invited back to Scottish Opera to sing Tytania in a new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream that was unfortunately the first of many project to be interrupted and postponed including Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Neville Holt Opera, a debut concert with Pinchgut and many recitals to name a few.
Sofia studied with Sunny Joy Langton at the Northwestern University where she was awarded a full scholarship in recognition of her musical and academic abilities; she completed a Bachelor of Music with Honors and a Bachelor of Italian Language and Literature. At Northwestern Sofia played Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Fortuna and Poppea cover in L'incoronazione di Poppea, and chorus in Die Fledermaus, Street Scene and The Merry Widow. She was also a finalist the Bel Canto Foundation Competition.
In the summer of 2014, Sofia was hired for her first professional contract as a Studio Artist for Central City Opera where she was featured in opera scenes and in main stage productions. On the main stage she was a Bridesmaid in Le Nozze di Figaro, chorus in Dead Man Walking, and Sister Irmgard in The Sound of Music.
In 2010 and 2011 Sofia was selected for the Castelton Artist Training Seminar at Lorin Maazel's Castelton Festival where she participated in concerts, recitals, opera scenes and in main stage productions such as Il Tabarro, La Boheme, Beggar's Opera, L'enfant et les sortilege, Suor Angelica, Carmen and Porgy & Bess.
Sofia began her study of opera as a teenager under the tutelage of Priscilla Bagley at the Dramatic Institute of Voice. She attributes much of her success to her dear mother, Teresa Troncoso.
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