This concert is free and open to the public.
Soprano Sofia Ardalan has appeared as guest artist with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra singing Strauss' "Vier letzte Lieder" and with the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus in Handel's "Messiah." She was recently heard as the soprano soloist in Verdi's "Requiem" with the Minnesota Youth Symphonies and MN Chorale. Ms. Ardalan has sung recitals in Germany and Austria, where one reviewer wrote of her performance, "with her beautiful legato and elegant tone, her expansive breath control and commanding stage presence, this young American soprano belongs on the world stage." An avid recitalist, Ms Ardalan has presented numerous Lieder concerts in the Twin Cities, most recently a program of Sibelius, Brahms and Strauss. Upcoming recitals include a Sibelius program in Finland in July 2018, and Schumann's "Dichterliebe" in Minneapolis.
Ms. Ardalan received her vocal training from the late Oksana Bryn at The MacPhail Center for Muisc in Minneapolis, also studying at the Lotte Lehmann Akademie in Perleberg, Germany. She coaches regularly with conductor Klaus Sallmann (Staatsoper Berlin), and master teacher Hakan Hagegard in Stockholm Sweden. In addition to singing, Ms. Ardalan is an accomplished violinist, pianist and conductor.