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Reviews for Sonya Yoncheva's role debut as Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera are enthusiastic. Anthony Tommasini from the New York Times describes her Tosca as "refined, thoughtful" with a "richly textured and shimmering" sound. For James Jorden from the Observer "one spark shone out" on opening night of this new production: "the role debut of soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the mercurial diva Floria Tosca. Her luxurious dark voice balanced lyric warmth with a hint of dramatic steel at the very top of range, and she fearlessly plunged into blood-curdling chest tones in moments of peak frenzy." And the New York Classical Review headlines "Yoncheva triumphs in premiere of Met's new and dazzling »Tosca«", praising her performance as "nothing short of brilliant. Her glowing soprano was at its very best in Sunday night's premiere, focused, colorful, rising to moments of intensity without ever forcing at her top. »Vissi d'arte« was exquisitely crafted, showing beautiful, quiet sadness in the opening phrases before scaling the enormous emotional heights of the aria."
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On December 31, 2017 Sonya Yoncheva will make her greatly anticipated role debut as Tosca in Sir David McVicar's new production of Puccini's masterpiece at the Metropolitan Opera. Sonya will sing eight performances until January 27, the date of the HD cinema broadcast. Emmanuel Villaume and Gareth Morrell will conduct, Vittorio Grigolo will sing the role of Cavaradossi and Željko Lučić that of Scarpia. Tosca is one of this season's four new roles for Sonya, who is also slated to make her debuts as Luisa Miller at the MET and as Imogene in Il pirata at the Teatro alla Scala, having scored a major triumph in her debut as Élisabeth de Valois in Don Carlos at the Paris Opera in October.
[Photo: Ann Ray/Metropolitan Opera]
Sonya Yoncheva's new Sony Classical solo album is now available for pre-order. For The Verdi Album Sonya recorded arias from some of the composer's rarely-performed operas in addition to some of his most beloved ones. It includes arias from Nabucco, Attila, Luisa Miller, Stiffelio, Il trovatore, Simon Boccanegra, La forza del destino, Otello and Don Carlo. Sonya Yoncheva recorded her new album with Verdi specialist Massimo Zanetti and the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra. The album is due for release on February 2, 2018.
Following her spectacular triumph as Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlos ("Conveys the fragility and strength of Elisabeth, with a sound that is open, warm and generous" The Financial Times), Sonya Yoncheva returns to the Paris Opéra Bastille as Mimì in a new production of La bohème by stage director Claus Guth and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel / Manuel López-Gómez. Sonya shares the stage with Atalla Ayan, Artur Ruciński, Roberto Tagliavini and Alessio Arduini in the leading roles. Performances on December 1, 4, 7, 10 & 12, 2017.
Sonya Yoncheva begins the 2017/2018 season with a role debut, singing Elisabeth de Valois in the new production of Don Carlos at Opéra national de Paris. She is joined by an exceptional cast, including Jonas Kaufmann, Elina Garanca, Ludovic Tezier and Ildar Abdrazakov in this production directed by acclaimed Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski and conducted by Philippe Jordan.
Sonya Yoncheva travels throughout France and Spain in July, bringing her spectacular voice to some of the continent's most unique and premiere venues. On July 16 she presents a solo recital at the annual Festival de Lacoste. The performance, accompanied by piano, will be hosted at the Théâtre des Carrières - tickets and additional information can be found via FestivaldeLacoste.com.see more
Sonya Yoncheva will make her highly anticipated debut in the title role of Puccini's Tosca in the 2017/18 season at The Metropolitan Opera. Ms. Yoncheva stars as Floria Tosca on December 31, 2017 & January 3, 6, 9, 15, 18, 23 & 27, 2018, in a new production directed by Sir David McVicar, with sets and costumes designed by John Macfarlane. Tenor Vittorio Grigolo sings Mario Cavaradossi and Sir Bryn Terfel is Baron Scarpia for these performances, all conducted by Maestro Andris Nelsons. A Live in HD cinema broadcast will take place for the January 27 performance, and the production's opening night will be featured as a celebratory New Year's Eve event; additional details coming soon at MetOpera.org.see more
Il nuovo volto sopranile del Met arriva alla Scala. Mimì, diversi progetti, e soprattutto il “Pirata” di Bellini. Ma Sonya Yoncheva non ha paura di confrontarsi in pochi mesi coi fantasmi della Freni e della Callas. Per il soprano Sonya Yoncheva la consacrazione definitiva è arrivata al Metropolitan di New York. Che nel più puro spirito marines, prima l’ha sottoposta a una serie di test di coraggio: chiamate all’ultimo secondo, debutti rischiosissimi. Con calma olimpica, lei ha superato ogni ostacolo e oggi è la beniamina del teatro newyorchese, e a cascata dei teatri stellati. Nel frattempo è arrivato un contratto dalla Sony, ingaggi interessanti, nuove produzioni. Ma mancava un tassello - lei dice - per sentirsi definitivamente in vetta: il teatro alla Scala. Lo raggiunge ora, sarà Mimì nella Bohème vintage di Franco Zeffirelli. È la stretta di mano che avvia una collaborazione duratura.see more
Beginning with a performance in her native Bulgaria, Sonya Yoncheva embarks on an extended multi-city tour throughout Europe over the 2017/18 season, as the featured soloist in Verdi Gala Concerts at some of the continent's most premiere venues. Programme highlights include selections from Don Carlos, Luisa Miller, and more, with concerts at the NDK Sofia (June 18), the Grand Théâtre de Genève (February 4, 2018), the Konzerthaus Dortmund with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and conductor Francesco Ciampa (February 7, 2018), the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Massimo Zanetti and the Orchestre National de Montpellier (June 1, 2018) and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with the Sinfonieorchester Basel & Maestro Zanetti (June 3, 2018). She is joined by her brother, tenor Marin Yonchev, for performances on this tour; Mr. Yonchev sings arias and duets on the programme alongside Ms. Yoncheva. Future tour engagements will take them to venues in Berlin, Leipzig, Lucerne, and more.see more