Sonia Prina

Sonia Prina

Italian opera singer (contralto)
Country: Italy

  1. Biography of Sonia Prina
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Opera Career
  4. Discography

Biography of Sonia Prina

Sonia Prina is an Italian opera singer (contralto) who has built a successful career by actively performing in concerts and participating in operas since the mid-1990s. She is particularly known for her interpretations of baroque operas, both on stage and in her concert repertoire. Prina has recorded several works by George Frideric Handel and Antonio Vivaldi.

Sonia Prina

Early Life and Education

Sonia Prina was born in the city of Magenta in Northern Italy. She studied singing and trumpet at the Giuseppe Verdi Music Conservatoire in Milan, followed by further education at the La Scala Academy.

Sonia Prina

Opera Career

Prina began her opera career in the mid-1990s, initially focusing on the repertoire of Rossini and Donizetti. By 1997, she had established herself as an artist in the baroque style. Some of her notable roles include Amastre in "Xerxes," the warrior-woman Bradamante in "Alcina," Carilda in "Arianna in Creta," Cornelia in "Giulio Cesare," and Ottone in Claudio Monteverdi's "L'Incoronazione di Poppea." She has also performed the roles of Penelope in "Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria," Polinessa in Handel's "Ariodante," and Valentiniano in "Ezio."

Prina has also taken on leading roles in operas such as "Orlando," "Ottone in villa," "Rinaldo," "Partenope," "Tamerlano," and "Tolomeo." In 2000, she appeared in Cremona, performing the role of Smeton in Donizetti's "Anna Bolena." In 2006, she reprised the role of Cornelia at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, alongside Andreas Scholl in the lead role. In 2010, Prina showcased her talent as the protagonist in Vivaldi's "Orlando furioso" at the Frankfurt Opera, conducted by Andrea Marcon and directed by David Bösch.

Furthermore, Prina has performed the role of Amastre at the Houston Grand Opera. She has graced prestigious stages worldwide, including the Barbican Centre, Bavarian State Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Teatro La Fenice, and Liceu. Prina has expanded her horizons by performing at the Opera Australia, Paris Opera, Salzburg Festival, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Comunale Alighieri, Teatro di San Carlo, Teatro Real in Madrid, Vienna State Opera, and many others.


Prina released a new album titled "Vivaldi's Arie Ritrovate," featuring Ottavio Dantone and the ensemble Accademia Bizantina. The album was released worldwide under the French label "Naïve."