Sonya Yoncheva | News and Events
In August Sonya Yoncheva stars in the title role of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione Poppea at the Salzburg Festival conducted by William Christie. Performances of this new production by Jan Lauwers take place on August 12, 15, 18, 20, 22 & 28 and mark Sonya's return to Salzburg following her acclaimed festival debut in 2017. On August 18 at 7:30 p.m. Radio ORF Ö1 will broadcast a recording of the premiere. The production will also be filmed by CLC and UNITEL in collaboration with the Salzburg Festival and will be streamed on 20 August 2018 at 6:30 p.m. on www.medici.tv and www.myfidelio.at.
[Photo by Victor Santiago]
On July 21 Sonya Yoncheva will be the soloist of this year's prestigious "Opera for All" open-air concert on occasion of the Bayerische Staatsoper's Munich Opera Festival. The concert will take place at the Marstallplatz and will see Sonya singing several Verdi arias: "Toi qui sus le néant" from Don Carlos, "Tacea la notte placida" from Il trovatore and "Pace mio Dio" from La forza del destino. Michele Mariotti will conduct the Bayerisches Staatsorchester.
Il pirata at La Scala: "A performance that will surely see Yoncheva enter La Scala's hall of fame alongside Callas"
Rave reviews for Sonya Yoncheva's Imogene in "Il pirata" at the Teatro alla Scala. Il Giorno describes her as "an Imogene worthy of the Bellini hall of fame". For La Stampa, Sonya's first outing as Imogene was a performance of a "true primadonna" and Bachtrack headlines "Sonya Yoncheva triumphs in Il pirata at La Scala" and states that it was "Yoncheva's triumph that defined the occasion. (...) In a striking funeral scene, Imogene emerges from a chain curtain holding a starkly-lit black drape which she slowly pulls over Ernesto's coffin during her showpiece aria. It was the highlight in a performance that will surely see Yoncheva enter La Scala's hall of fame alongside Callas." Il Manifesto praises her voice as "full bodied in the low register, biting in the high register, agile and voluminous at the same time" and proclaims that it "seems to have a similar structure (in the similarity one should never stop enhancing the differences) to La Divina's".
[Photo: Brescia e Amisano / Teatro alla Scala]
On June 29 Sonya Yoncheva will make her role debut as Imogene in a new staging of Il pirata at the Teatro alla Scala. The opera hasn't been performed at La Scala for 60 years and was given for the last time in a legendary 1958 production starring Maria Callas and Franco Corelli. The new mise-en-scène is by Emilio Sagi and will be conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Piero Pretti, Nicola Alaimo, Francesco Pittari, Riccardo Fassi and Marina de Liso will sing the other roles. [Photo by Simon Pauly.]
On Friday, June 15 at 9 p.m. EDT Puccini's Tosca from the Metropolitan Opera starring Sonya Yoncheva in the title role will be broadcast on PBS (check local listings) as part of the "Great Performances at the Met" series. Sonya earned rave reviews for her "refined, thoughtful" portrayal of the Roman diva and her "richly textured and shimmering" sound (The New York Times) in David McVicar's new production at the Met earlier this season. Next year she will reprise the role at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin and at the Opéra Bastille of Paris.
On June 3 Sonya Yoncheva will return to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, presenting her Verdi-programme alongside Marin Yonchev and conducted by Francesco Ivan Ciampa. Sonya made her triumphant Festspielhaus debut in 2014 as Marguerite in Faust and later returned to Baden-Baden in a New Year's Eve Gala Concert as well as for acclaimed performances of Le nozze di Figaro, singing the role of Contessa d'Almaviva.
More information and tickets for the June 3 concert: https://bit.ly/2LFWvvP
Sonya Yoncheva will perform concerts featuring an all-Verdi programme with her brother Marin Yonchev and conducted by Daniel Oren in Montpellier and Paris. The concert at the Opéra Berlioz of Montpellier will take place on May 29 at 8pm, the concert at the Théatre des Champs-Élysées of Paris on June 1 at 8pm. Tickets on the following links:
On Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 12 PM EDT PBS will broadcast "La bohème" with Sonya Yoncheva as Mimì, recorded live at the Metropolitan Opera in February 2018. Marco Armiliato conducts the legendary production by Franco Zeffirelli.
Due to her double otitis Sonya Yoncheva is also forced to cancel her performances of Tosca with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The soprano has to continue medical treatment in Europe and isn't allowed to travel by plane for the next weeks on her doctor's orders. Unfortunately this makes it impossible for her to sing in Philadelphia.