Sondra Radvanovsky, the soprano singing Donizetti's three Tudor queens at the Metropolitan Opera this season, acquired Canadian citizenship at a swearing-in ceremony held Monday, Feb. 22.
Radvanovsky made the announcement on her Facebook page, saying, "I am so proud to call myself Canadian! Thank you Canada for welcoming me with open arms!"
Radvanovsky was born outside Chicago and received her education and vocal training in the U.S., but has been living with her husband outside Toronto for many years, so in our hearts we have long considered her to be Canadian. But as of Monday, she holds dual American and Canadian citizenship.
While she's pretty much booked solid at the Met this season, Radvanovsky did give a recital at Toronto's Koerner Hall in December. In his Globe and Mail review, Robert Harris wrote, "it seemed the entire hall was vibrating in sympathy, a whole building, with us in it, physically moving in resonance with her voice."
CBC Radio 2 listeners will hear Radvanovsky in Donizetti's Roberto Devereux live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York on Saturday, April 16.