Delos artist Sondra Radvanovsky, who graces the cover of Delos CDs and DVDS, has been announced as a 2015 recipient of the Opera News Award for Distinguished Achievement along with Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas. In anticipation of the awards gala presentation this Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, Opera News critic Adam Wasserman is celebrating the artistry of Ms. Radvanovsky in the May 2015 issue!
“Over the past decade, Sondra Radvanovsky has taken on some of opera’s monumental prima donna roles with one of the most electrifying spinto voices of our time. Superlatives, though, can’t begin to do justice to the glories of her instrument — nor do they provide a full picture of how her artistry has evolved. … Radvanovsky’s bona fide successes have been the result of the soprano’s shepherding her dramatic resources and deepening her craft. Listen to her Verdi Arias disc and hear how the cavatina of Elvira’s “Ernani, involami” sounds like an exquisite sigh before the cabaletta’s tricky filigree suggests a kind of breathless disbelief at her own joy. Her Tosca, first heard in New York in 2011, was remarkable for the way in which her heroine morphed into something more refined as the walls began to close in; “Vissi d’arte” sounded less an ode to self-pity than a realization of how Tosca’s life onstage had prepared her for precisely that moment.…”