Vannina Santoni began her career by interpreting the role of Donna Anna (Mozart's Don Giovanni) in Italy, then at the Royal Opera in Versailles. After studying at the Conservatoire in Paris, she was quickly noticed for her "getting into her roles with the ferveur of an actress" and her qualities of "pure lyricism mixed with dramatic fire", especially in 2018 when she triumphed in La Traviata in Paris, performing the title role at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.
The soprano began the season 2022/23 with her first Mimi (Puccini's La Bohème) at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, then revived the role of Mélisande in Lille under the baton of François-Xavier Roth. She will debut as Iphigénie in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride, as well as the title role of Massenet's Grisélidis at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with a recording planned with the Orchestre National de Montpellier and the Palazzetto Bru Zane. She will close the 2022/23 season with Verdi's Requiem at the Rocamadour Festival.
Vannina’s future projects include a return to the Paris Opera, the Opernhaus in Zürich, the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse.
The highlights of the past seasons include the role of Juliette (Roméo et Juliette, Gounod) at the Teatro alla Scala, Manon with the Orchestre National de Lyon under the baton of Daniele Rustioni and Mélisande at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with François-Xavier Roth in the production of Eric Ruf. Also the role of Fiordiligi in Laurent Pelly's new production, with Le Concert d'Astrée conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. In 2021 Vannina created the role of Dona Musica in Marc-André Dalbavie’s new opera Le Soulier de Satin at the Paris Opera. She also sang her first Strauss's 4 Last Songs with the Mahlerian Camerata conducted by Benjamin Garzia at the Vichy Opera.
Vannina Santoni’s repertoire includes:
The Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Opéra National du Rhin, Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte, Mozart) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Grand Théâtre de Tours, Donna Anna and Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Mozart) at Oper Köln, Opéra Royal de Versailles and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart) at the Opéra de Paris, Juliette (Roméo et Juliette, Gounod) at La Scala in Milan and at the Hong Kong Cultural Center, Violetta Valery (La Traviata, Verdi) at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Antonia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Offenbach) at the Opéra de Lausanne, Manon by Massenet and Nanetta (Falstaff, Verdi) at the Opéra de Monte Carlo, Micaëla (Carmen, Bizet) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Leïla (Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Bizet) at the Opéra National de Lorraine, Adina (L'Elisir d'amore, Donizetti) at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Suor Angelica et Lauretta (Trittico, Puccini) at the Grand Théâtre de Tours, Gretel (Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck) at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Frasquita (Carmen, Bizet) at the Opéra de Paris, Adele (Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss) at the Grand Théâtre de Tours; she created the role of Patricia Baer in Les Pigeons d'Argile, a world premiere by Philippe Hurel, at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse (DVD). She sang Osira in Johann Christian Bach's Zanaida at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, revived at the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Teatru Manoel in Malta (CD). Vannina Santoni has also performed roles in rediscovered operas, such as Princess Saamcheddin (Mârouf, savetier du Caire by Rabaud) at the Opéra National de Bordeaux and the Opéra Comique and Agnès (La Nonne Sanglante by Gounod) at the Opéra Comique and Grisélidis by Massenet.