German-Russian mezzo-soprano Sofia Vinnik,
born 1996, will join the Junges Ensemble (JET) at
the Theater an der Wien in the 2020/21 season,
where she will sing the roles of Rosina in Rossini's
Il barbiere di Siviglia and Asteria in Vivaldi's Bajazet at the Kammeroper Wien. At the Theater an der Wien, Sofia will sing both Myrtale and Albine in Massenet's Thaïs.
In 2018, Sofia was a finalist in the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti in Innsbruck and also received the LOTTO Foundation’s Sponsorship Prize in the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Competition 2018 in Berlin. She was also a finalist of the Louis Spohr Singing Competition 2018 in Kassel.
In concert, Sofia has been heard as a soloist with the Munich Bachorchestra under the baton of Hansjörg Albrecht with performances at the Philharmonie Gasteig in Munich, the Großer Saal Mozarteum in Salzburg, and the Haus für Musik in Innsbruck.
In addition to opera, Sofia is an avid Lied performer. She was a participant of the 2020 Heidelberg Lied Akademie at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival, under the direction of Thomas Hampson. During the Academy, she worked with Wolfram Rieger and Hartmut Höll and gave performances in the Boulez Saal in Berlin. Sofia was invited to the 2019 Schumann Festival in Bonn, where she performed works by female composers, such as Pauline Viardot, Isabelle Aboulker, and Clara Schumann. In 2017, she performed songs from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn as part of a concert series organized by the Gesellschaft für Musiktheater in Vienna.
Sofia began her studies as a junior student at the University of performing arts in Munich with
Marilyn Schmiege and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Mozarteum University, where she studied with Christoph Strehl. She has been a participant of the Gstaad Vocal Academy since 2016. In 2018 and 2019, she was invited to participate in the masterclasses at the Salzburg Withsun Festival,
led by Silvana Bazzoni Bartoli. She is a scholarship holder of the Cecilia Bartoli Music Foundation and
a scholar of the Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now Foundation.
Updated: May 2020