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In January and February 2019 Sonya Yoncheva will reprise the title role of Iolanta in her first performances of the role at the Metropolitan Opera. Sonya made her triumphant debut in the part in 2016 at the Opéra National in Paris, causing the New York Times to laude her extraordinary Iolanta and her “clear and focused” voice (Zachary Woolfe).
In New York Tchaikovsky’s one-act-opera will be coupled with Bartók’s “Bluebeard’s Castle”. Henrik Nánási will conduct Mariusz Trelinski's staging. Performances on January 24 & 28, February 1, 4, 9, 14, 2019.
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Sonya Yoncheva is on the cover of the Metropolitan Opera's 2019 wall calendar. The photo shows Sonya as Desdemona in Bartlett Sher's production of Otello which opened the Met's 2015/16 season. You can buy it on Amazon in various countries:
Sonya Yoncheva will welcome the new year in Paris, starring in the prestigious 350th Anniversary Inaugural Gala of the Opéra National on December 30 and 31. The gala will take place at the Palais Garnier and will also feature tenor Bryan Hymel and baritone Ludovic Tézier as well as dancers Léonore Baulac, Eleonora Abbagnato, Amandine Albisson, Mathieu Ganio, Stéphane Bullion and Florian Magnenet. Dan Ettinger will lead the orchestra of the Paris Opera. On December 31 at 10:35 CET the gala will be telecast by Arte. You can watch it online on the following link: https://bit.ly/2CwjCX5
Sonya Yoncheva has been honoured with the Opera Award by the Chilean Art Critics Circle for her November 17 recital at the Teatro del Lago in Frutillar. The award is given every year in the categories visual arts, movies, dance, literature, music, opera, theater and television. On January 14, 2019 the 2018 award ceremony will take place at the Cultural Center of Las Condes. After her Chile debut at the Teatro del Lago Sonya earned rave reviews for her "warm and fiery" timbre, "a phenomenon in itself" (Tiempo de Música), her "ease both in the low and high register" (Culto), her "surprising volume and astonishing ease throughout the range; the richness and variety of her vocal colors, her low notes which sound like those of a mezzo-soprano, her lovely pianissimi" and her expression that "arises from the heart, free from any "diva" poses" (El Mercurio).
Sonya Yoncheva is gaining accolades for her "sublime Desdemona" (New York Classical Review) in Otello at the Metropolitan Opera. According to the New York Times Sonya "blended vocal radiance and aching sadness in her performance". ClassicalSource praises her "brilliant performance" and states that "her exquisite voice was most moving in Act Four in the sad unearthly ‘Willow Song’ and the concentrated ‘Ave Maria’", and according to Bachtrack she "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." You can find the complete press review by clicking on "Read more".
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In December and January Sonya Yoncheva will return to the Metropolitan Opera as Desdemona in Otello. Sonya sang the premiere of Bartlett Sher's production opening the Met's 2015/16 season. The revival will open on January 14 and will be conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Stuard Skelton will sing the title role, Zeljiko Lucic will perform Iago. There will be six performances starring Sonya Yoncheva as Desdemona with the last show taking place on January 10. Later this season Sonya will reprise the role of Desdemona in a new Robert Wilson staging at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta. More information and tickets for the performances at the Metropolitan Opera: https://bit.ly/2wy3rnP
Sonya Yoncheva will star in two concerts in Switzerland. On November 23 she will sing arias by Massenet, Offenbach and Puccini at the Rosey Concert Hall in Rolle with Antoine Palloc on the piano. A week later on November 30 Sonya will be the star guest of the centennial concert of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande at the Victoria Hall in Geneva, singing scenes and arias from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Pique Dame and Iolanta.
In summer 2019 Sonya Yoncheva will return to the Salzburg Festival for the third year in a row, starring in the title role of a new Simon Stone production of Cherubini's Médée conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock. Sonya just caused a stir making her role debut as Médée in a new staging at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin in October. More information and tickets for the Salzburg Médée on the following link: https://www.salzburgerfestspiele.at/p/medee
On November 7 Sonya Yoncheva will inaugurate the 2018/2019 Broad Stage Celebrity Opera Series in Santa Monica, California with a concert conducted by Domingo Hindoyan. She will continue her small tour in Latin America, making her Mexican debut at the Sala Nezahualcóyotl of Mexico City on November 13 and at the Teatro del Bicentenario in Leon, again under Maestro Hindoyan’s baton, on November 15. On November 17 she will conclude her tour joining forces with pianist Antoine Palloc for a concert at the Teatro del Lago in Frutillar, Chile.