Sofiya
Almazova
Mezzosoprano

Biography

Born in Moscow Russian Mezzo-soprano Sofiya Almazova completed her music theatre studies at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow and continued her education from 2011 - 2016 with Prof. Mario Diaz at the Salzburger Mozarteum. 

Sofiya is a 1st prize winner of the 2010 Rübezahl competition in Karpacz, Poland. She also received the Young Talent Award at the Grandi Voci  singers competition 2012 of the Oper im Berg festival in Salzburg.

In the course of her theatre studies in Moscow she had the opportunity to gather first stage experience as Sidonia in Franz von Suppé's operetta Zehn Mädchen und kein Mann, as Poligamia in Paul Linckes operetta Lysistrata and as Dorotea in Donizetti's Viva la Mamma (Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali).

During the Salzburger Festspiele 2013 Sofiya was selected for the Young Singers Project, where she performed the roles of  Die dritte Dame  in a kids’ production of Mozart’s "Die Zauberflöte" and  Die Heilige Margarethe  in a critically acclaimed concert performance of Braunfels "Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna” (Jeanne d’Arc), under the baton of Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck.

Sofiya performed in a number of productions at the Salzburger Mozarteum, including roles such as Mozart´s Sesto in "La Clemenza di Tito" with conductor Josef Wallnig and director Eike Gramss, Monteverdi's Ottavia in "L'incoronazione di Poppea" with conductor Gernot Sahler and director Karoline Gruber and Bizet's Carmen with Gernot Sahler and director Alexander von Pfeil.

In December 2016 Sofiya Almazova was awarded the Lilli-Lehmann-medal by the Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg. In early 2017 she celebrated her debut with the Teatro alla Scala in Milano as Lehrbub in Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg". 

The Volksoper in Vienna (AUT), the Opernhaus Chemnitz (GER) and the Opera Braşov (ROU) are the ensuing stations of her artistic life.