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'Le nozze di Figaro' on Deutsche Grammophon nominated for 2017 GRAMMY Award in "Best Opera Recording" category
Deutsche Grammophon's recent release of Le nozze di Figaro from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, starring Sonya Yoncheva as the Countess, has been nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY Award in the "Best Opera Recording" category. Her unforgettable portrayal was lauded by audiences and critics alike:
"The recording impresses above all with the two female leads . . . The Contessa di Almaviva of Sonya Yoncheva is a class of its own. Her lyrically expansive and capable soprano with a highly attractive Eigentimbre, the elegance of the presentation, the perfect phrasing, the engaging of the ensembles, the playfulness, to be taken with all the technical hurdles, all of this is a singular dream. Every inch a diva. "The" Dove sono "becomes a human and artistic manifesto." (Online-Merker)see more
Sonya Yoncheva makes her greatly anticipated role debut as Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's masterpiece Eugene Onegin, this season at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Performances take place December 12, 15 & 20, with Andrei Bondarenko in the title role and Benjamin Bernheim as Lensky. Maestro Ivan Repusic leads the Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, with a production staged by Götz Friedrich.see more
"The soloist, Sonya Yoncheva, who also caused a sensation last year, and for the first time the young artist Regula Mühlemann, two "nightingales", both in their own way, differ from each other on their own with fascinating and impressive singing personalities, whose voices harmoniously joined in their united performances ...see more
Sonya Yoncheva returns to Dresden this holiday season, as a featured soloist in the annual ZDF Adventskonzert at the historic Frauenkirche. She is joined by soprano Regula Mühlemann in a programme that also includes the Staatskapelle Dresden and Dresdner Kreuzchor und Kammerchor, under the direction of Maestro Andrés Orozco-Estrada. The performance takes place on Saturday, November 26 and will also receive a TV broadcast at 6pm on Sunday, December 4 via ZDF. Ms. Yoncheva also performed at last year's Adventskonzert with acclaimed bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni. The 2015 concert is now available for purchase on CD, DVD & Blu-ray formats via Amazon.de.see more
"Fresh from her triumph in Mascagni’s Iris at the Radio France festival in Montpellier, Sonya Yoncheva was the star of the evening, partnered by tenor Saimir Pirgu with the Bordeaux Orchestra, conducted by its music director Paul Daniel. A first half of French opera and a second of Italian proved that Yoncheva looks set to be a leading player in both repertoires ...
The Bulgarian soprano was outstanding in extracts from Hérodiade, Le Cid and Manon, sung in reasonable French with wind defying vocal splendor. The first half suited Pirgu less well, his light tenor voice sounded taxed by his aria from Massenet's Werther ... Second-half highlights included Tosca’s “Vissi d’arte”—an item that sounds ready for the soprano’s opera-house repertoire—and Magda’s aria from Puccini’s Rondine ...
The Act I duet from Verdi’s Rigoletto confirmed the lyrical qualities of Pirgu’s duke, and Yoncheva’s girlish Gilda finished the evening with a barn storming top D flat ..."
Stephen J. Mudge - Opera Newssee more
Sonya Yoncheva withdraws from December 3 performance of 'Les Contes d'Hoffmann' at the Royal Opera House
Sonya Yoncheva has withdrawn from the December 3 performance of the Royal Opera House's production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann, due to personal reasons. Soprano Marita Sølberg replaces her in the role of Antonia for this date. Ms. Yoncheva remains in the role for all other performances: November 18, 21, 24 & 28.see more
"Best of all was Sonya Yoncheva, in radiant form as Antonia, her lustrous soprano and keen dramatic instincts contributing to a gripping scene ..." (Bachtrack)see more
"I'm a very natural person," says Sonya Yoncheva. Anyone who has ever seen the Bulgarian soprano onstage or listened to her recordings might well agree. Her lush lyric voice calls to mind the young Mirella Freni: you don’t hear her vocal mechanism—only a golden nimbus of sound. She is also a striking beauty, with dark eyes that project to the farthest reaches of the house. But when Yoncheva is in action, you’re aware less of her extraordinary gifts than of her humanity: it’s like you’re catching her in the act of being herself.see more