Sonia Ben-Santamaria

"French conductor Sonia Ben-Santamaria is fast becoming one of the UK's most sought-after, up-and-coming Opera conductors."


Sonia Ben-Santamaria

on a forthcoming holiday.

Of Spanish descent and born in Toulouse, Sonia trained and graduated from the CRR de Toulouse in piano and piano accompaniment before graduating from London’s Royal Academy of Music in 2006.

In 2010 she joined The National Opera Studio in London, and then between 2011 and 2012, she continued her training at the English National Opera as part of their ‘Young Artists Repetiteur’ programme.

Having been mentored by some of the most influential maestri of the day, including Alex Ingram (ENO & ENB), Paul Nadler (MET), Sir T. Pappano (ROH M Director) and B. Haitink CH KBE, she made her conducting debut in 2017.

After performing Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, she caught the attention of Opera Holland Park and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. That same year, she became the first female conductor chosen to be a ‘Link Artist’ of the ‘Royal Opera House Jette Parkers Young Artists’ scheme, as well as making her UK debut with Opera Holland Park and the City of London Sinfonia Orchestra conducting Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera”.

In 2018 Sonia was one of six female conductors selected worldwide for Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute, and in 2019 she became the first female assistant and associate conductor at Opera North in the UK.

2022 marked Sonia’s first engagements in France, her Italian conducting debut, and her appointment as professor of orchestral conducting at the Institut Superieur des Arts et du Design de Toulouse.

Future engagements include performances of Carmen (Opera Holland Park), the closing concert at the Festival Toulouse les Orgues with l’Orchestre du Capitole, Les films de ma vie with Alexandre Tharaudand (Théâtre Olympe de Gouges, Montauban) and Assistant Conductor for the World Premiere of Voyage vers l’Espoir at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

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