Soprano

Sonya Yoncheva

“Yoncheva loves, betrays and seduces, is desperate, is furious in her arias and duets. One can’t get enough of her singing. She inevitably outsings everyone around her.“
Volker Blech, Berliner Morgenpost

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Introduction

Following a series of spectacular debuts at the world’s leading opera houses, soprano Sonya Yoncheva has been heralded as one of the most acclaimed and exciting performers of her generation. She has become a celebrated figure on the most important stages of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Teatro alla Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berlin State Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, and the Opéra de Paris. Her unforgettable portrayals of iconic roles have received tremendous acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

Sonya’s extensive repertoire includes jewels of the Baroque canon, as well as works by Mozart, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and Puccini. Revered for her distinctly beautiful voice and exceptional dramatic presence, Sonya is equally at home on the concert and recital stage, having performed to critical acclaim in several cities including Paris, Dresden, Baden-Baden, and Munich.


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Performance Schedule

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    20:30 28 May 2019 Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, PARIS

    GIOACHINO ROSSINI Stabat Mater

    Soprano: Sonya Yoncheva
    Mezzo-soprano: Chiara Amarù
    Tenor: Celso Albelo
    Bass: Roberto Tagliavini
    Conductor: Domingo Hindoyan

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    19:30 01 Jun 2019 Opera Bastille, PARIS

    Conductor: Dan Ettinger
    Director: Pierre Audi
    Floria Tosca: Sonya Yoncheva
    Mario Cavaradossi: Jonas Kaufmann
    Baron Scarpia: Luca Salsi
    Cesare Angelotti: Krzysztof Baczyk
    Spoletta: Rodolphe Briand
    Sciarrone: Igor Gnidii

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    19:30 05 Jun 2019 Opera Bastille, PARIS

    GIACOMO PUCCINI Tosca

    Conductor: Dan Ettinger
    Director: Pierre Audi
    Floria Tosca: Sonya Yoncheva
    Mario Cavaradossi: Jonas Kaufmann
    Baron Scarpia: Luca Salsi
    Cesare Angelotti: Krzysztof Baczyk
    Spoletta: Rodolphe Briand
    Sciarrone: Igor Gnidii

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    20:15 13 Jun 2019 Grafenegg Auditorium and Wolkenturm (Concert Hall), GRAFENEGG

    Baritone: Ludovic Tézier
    Violin: Emmanuel Tjeknavorian
    Conductor: Yutaka Sado

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    20:00 18 Jun 2019 Opera Royal de Wallonie, LIEGE

    Soprano: Sonya Yoncheva
    Tenor: Marin Yonchev
    Orchestra: Opera Royal de Wallonie
    Conductor: Francesco Ivan Ciampa

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    20:00 23 Jun 2019 Teatro alla Scala Milan, MILAN

    Conductor: Plácido Domingo
    Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
    Soprano: Sonya Yoncheva
    Tenor: Juan Diego Florez
    Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann
    Piano: Yuja Wang
    Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker

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    19:00 30 Jun 2019 Bayerische Staatsoper, MUNICH

    VINCENZO BELLINI Norma

    Conductor: Andrea Battistoni
    Director: Jürgen Rose
    Pollione: Riccardo Massi
    Oroveso: Mika Kares
    Norma: Sonya Yoncheva
    Adalgisa: Angela Brower
    Clotilde: Selene Zanetti

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    18:00 03 Jul 2019 Bayerische Staatsoper, MUNICH

    VINCENZO BELLINI Norma

    Conductor: Andrea Battistoni
    Director: Jürgen Rose
    Pollione: Riccardo Massi
    Oroveso: Mika Kares
    Norma: Sonya Yoncheva
    Adalgisa: Angela Brower
    Clotilde: Selene Zanetti

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    21:00 07 Jul 2019 Teatro Real Madrid, MADRID

    Soprano: Sonya Yoncheva
    Piano: Antoine Palloc

Discography

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    The Verdi Album

    Label: Sony Classical

    Release Date: 02 Feb 18

    Conductor: Massimo Zanetti
    Münchner Rundfunkorchester

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    Handel

    Label: Sony Classical

    Release Date: 03 Feb 18

    Conductor: Alessandro De Marchi
    Academia Montis Regalis

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    BELLINI Norma (DVD)

    Label: Opus Arte

    Release Date: 14 Nov 17

    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
    Conductor: Antonio Pappano

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    PERGOLESI Stabat Mater

    Label: Sony Classical

    Release Date: 21 Oct 16

    Ensemble Amarillis

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    MOZART Le nozze di Figaro

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 08 Jul 16

    Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Chamber Orchestra of Europe

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    "PARIS, MON AMOUR"

    Label: Sony Classical

    Release Date: 13 Jan 15

    Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin
    Orquestrade la Comunitat Valenciana

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    16 Dec 18 OTELLO Desdemona
    The Metropolitan Opera

    “He [Gustavo Dudamel] sensitively followed the lead of the soprano Sonya Yoncheva, an exquisite, uncommonly passionate Desdemona, as she shaped the character’s soaring vocal lines with suppleness and ardor. (…) Ms. Yoncheva, the Desdemona when this production had its premiere, was even better on this night. During the final scene as Desdemona prepares for bed, Ms. Yoncheva blended vocal radiance and aching sadness in her performance of the wistful “Willow Song.” In a recent interview, Mr. Dudamel said that the tender harmonies in the strings that usher in Desdemona’s “Ave Maria” prayer may be his favorite moment of the entire opera. He drew softly luminous sounds from the orchestra, and then beautifully cushioned Ms. Yoncheva’s eloquent singing.”
    Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

    “Yoncheva’s sublime Desdemona lifts Met’s tepid ‘Otello'”
    “The most powerful scene in Verdi’s Otello is an invention of the librettist. In the final scene of Shakespeare’s Othello, the title character asks his wife “Have you pray’d tonight, Desdemona?”—she has, she says. Arrigo Boito used that line as his cue to show the prayer onstage, adding it to the end of the Willow scene, an ingenious addition to an already masterly drama.
    That scene alone, and Sonya Yoncheva’s performance, makes it worth catching the Metropolitan Opera’s current revival, which opened Friday night. Yoncheva is a formidable actress, and her artistry was sublime, contrasting the deep grief of the “Willow Song” with the more contained, intimate emotion of the “Ave Maria.” … her rich, blooming soprano is a perfect match for the role.
    Hers is a fierce take on Desdemona: the essential kindness of her character certainly comes through in her early interactions with her husband, but she was not content simply to cower when he first made his violent accusation of infidelity in Act III. That inner strength made her inability to escape her fate all the more devastating.
    But apart from its star soprano, this revival felt sleepy, even though it featured accomplished vocal performances.”
    Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review

    “Yoncheva and Dudamel shine in a blazing Otello at the Met”
    “I needn’t say much about Sonya Yoncheva’s Desdemona, since it touched perfection almost consistently. Warm and girlish in the first act, noble and confused in the second and outraged by the third, she presented the deepest portrayal of the evening. The voice still has a hint of Callas in mid-range, which fascinates. And her top notes have a warm vibrato or a cutting edge – she can do both, and to great effect. Her Ave Maria was hypnotic; would that the conductor have gone straight into the double bass solo so as to stop the applause that interrupted the mood.”
    Robert Levine, bachtrack

    “When the production premiered, Sonya Yoncheva’s Desdemona (that’s Dez-DAY-mo-na, rather than Shakespeare’s Dez-duh-MO-na) stole the show and this time it was no different, though her Otello and Iago gave her more competition this time. Looking utterly glamorous in Catherine Gruber’s gorgeous costumes, she was no shrinking violet but determined to have her views heard, in coming to the defense of Cassio, another of Iago’s stooges.
    Her eventual victimhood, however, waiting for the mad Otello to strangle her, was pretty hard to take in these #Metoo times. But her singing was outstanding, in its steely, Eastern European way, whether in leading her late-arriving partner in the famous love duet of Act I or the breathtaking Willow Song (“Salce, salce…”) and “Ave Maria” of Act IV. (For the record, the performance was done with a single intermission, after Act II.)”
    Richard Sasanow, Broadwayworld

    “Yoncheva delivered a brilliant performance. Her singing and acting were especially strong in the massive third-Act Finale, where Otello denounces her and she pleads for pity. But her exquisite voice was most moving in Act Four in the sad unearthly ‘Willow Song’ and the concentrated ‘Ave Maria’.”
    Susan Stempleski, ClassicalSource

    “Yoncheva’s tonal refulgence – and evocation, in her veiled-mid voice, of Maria Callas – gave considerable pleasure as soon as the Love Duet began. … her stage commitment and basic lovely sound counted for much, and she fared memorably in her Willow Song/Ave Maria scena.”
    David Shengold, Classical Voice North America

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    09 Oct 18 CHERUBINI Médée
    Staatsoper Berlin

    “… an admirable performance. Her singing is so enchantingly beautiful and excessively present that all the other characters seem to be pale in comparison… .”
    Julia Spinola, Süddeutsche

    “Yoncheva, a stage animal to her last molecule, still manages to bring an extraordinary range of colour and passion to the murderous role of Médée.”
    Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times

    “Yoncheva loves, betrays and seduces, is desperate, is furious in her arias and duets. One can’t get enough of her singing. She inevitably outsings everyone around her.“
    Volker Blech, Berliner Morgenpost

    “Medea, terrifically performed by Sonya Yoncheva’s dark soprano voice which is over shining everything…”
    Eleonore Büning, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

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    13 Aug 18 MONTEVERDI L’incoronazione di Poppea
    Salzburg Festival

    “In the title role, Sonya Yoncheva put her luscious, supple soprano at the service of pre-Baroque music; she showed that she is an all-round artist, at home both in the early 1600s as she is in the late 1800s […] Her Poppea was unapologetically sexy; Yoncheva did not shy from sensuous, explicit acting, and seduced the whole audience.”
    Laura Servidei, bachtrack

    “Yoncheva brings a plush, seductive soprano and touch of vulgarity that is not inappropriate to the role.”
    Rebecca Schmid, Financial Times

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    01 Apr 18 VERDI Luisa Miller
    The Metropolitan Opera

    “The clear, smoothly slicing quality of her soprano makes special impact in this opera, in which Luisa stands out in a field of dark male voices […] There is always a sense of fatalism, of death calmly awaited, in Ms. Yoncheva’s portrayals.”
    Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

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    04 Jan 18 PUCCINI Tosca
    The Metropolitan Opera

    “Yoncheva has a glorious instrument. It’s massive, rich in texture, and highly expressive.”
    David Salazar, operawire

    “Her rich lyric soprano has grown fuller in recent seasons and her legato is remarkable. Her focused, silvery instrument was glowing throughout its entire range. She approached the famed “Vissi d’arte” reflectively, revealing at every step the character’s anguish.”
    Edward Sava-Segal, bachtrack