Sonia Prina quickly established herself as one of the leading contraltos of her generation. After graduating in singing and trumpet from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, she was admitted at the Academy of Young Singers of the Teatro alla Scala.
She made her operatic stage debut at the Scala at only 23 years old as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia conducted by Riccardo Chailly and featuring young Juan Diego Flórez as Almaviva.
Sonia has collaborated with conductors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Giovanni Antonini, Harry Bicket, Fabio Biondi, Ivor Bolton, Alan Curtis, William Christie, Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, Christopher Hogwood, René Jacobs, Paul McCreesh, Marc Minkowski, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Patrick Summers, Jordi Savall, to name just a few, and appeared in productions of Robert Carsen, David McVicar, Pier Luigi Pizzi, John Copley and David Alden.
Career highlights include the title roles in Handel’s Rinaldo (La Scala Milan, Zurich Opera and Glyndebourne Festival), in Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba (Salzburg Festival) and in Gluck’s Ezio (Frankfurt Opera). She was Clarice in Rossini’s La Pietra del Paragone (Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris), Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri (Teatro Regio, Turin) and she recently performed La Resurrezione with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Particularly fond of Handel, she has sung the title roles of Giulio Cesare (Paris, Dresden, Turin), Orlando (Sydney, Paris, Dresden), Tamerlano (Munich), Amadigi (Naples), Rinaldo (Zurich, Milan and Glyndebourne), Silla (Rome). She also performed as Bradamante in Alcina (Paris), Polinesso in Ariodante (Aix-en-Provence, Barcelona and San Francisco), Bertarido in Rodelinda (London and Vienna), Goffredo in Rinaldo (Chicago), Amastre in Serse (San Francisco and Houston) Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (Brussels).
With Jordi Savall she performed Vivaldi’s Farnace (Madrid) and Teuzzone (Liceu, Barcelona).
In 2017/18 she was artist-in-residence at Wigmore Hall, London where she has been re-invited year after year since 2012.