Penny Sofroniadou


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Born in Drama, Greece, Penny Sofroniadou began her vocal training at the Thessaloniki University and made her stage debut as Nedda/ I Pagliacci. She continued her Bachelor studies in Würzburg and in 2017 received a Master’s degree in Köln. During her studies she sang Diane/ Hippolyte et Aricie, Frog/ Das schlaue Füchslein, Miss Jessel/ The Turn of the Screw in Würzburg and Helena/ A midsummer night’s dream in Köln.

In 2016/2017 Penny Sofroniadou was a scholarship recipient of the “Theaterinitiative Aachen” performing important roles at Theater Aachen, such as Concepcion/ L’heure espagnole, Eurydice/ Orphée et Eurydice, Nella/ Gianni Schicchi, Suor Genoveffa/ Suor Angelica and, to great critical acclaim, Grigori Frid’s mono-opera Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank.

Penny Sofroniadou became a member of the Opernstudio Niederrhein in 2017. Her repertoire with Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach has included Pamina and 1.Dame/ Die Zauberflöte, Amor and Euridice/ Orfeo ed Euridice, Lauretta/ Gianni Schicchi, Anna/ Nabucco, Sandmännchen/Taumännchen/ Hänsel und Gretel, Soeur Constance/ Dialogues des Carmélites, Xenia/ Boris Godunov, Fee Amaryllis/ Räuber Hotzenplotz, Die junge Frau/Der Kleine in P.Eötvös’ Der goldene Drache as well as several roles in Der seltsame Fall des Claus Grünberg. In Bonn she appeared as 2nd niece/ Peter Grimes and as Rumpelwichte in Jörn Arnecke’s Ronja Räubertochter.

Penny Sofroniadou joined the newly created NRW opera studio in the autumn 2019. She will make her role debut as Angelica/ Orlando Paladino in Gelsenkirchen, sing Kate Pinkerton/ Madama Butterfly in Dortmund and Mascha/Chloe/ The Queen of Spades in Duisburg. She will also appear as Pamina, Soeur Constance and Die junge Frau/Der Kleine with Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach.

She has sung in concert with Niederrheinische Sinfoniker, WDR Funkhausorchester and Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra a.o. the soprano solos in Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Zeisl’s Requiem Ebraico, D.Arapis’ Plato- The legend of the cave as well as excerpts from Verdi’s Otello.

Penny Sofroniadou won the Prize of the Berlin opera houses at the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang 2018 and the Orchestra Prize of the WDR Rundfunkorchester at the International Music Competition Cologne 2017.


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