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“Medea, terrifically performed by Sonya Yoncheva’s dark soprano voice which is over shining everything...”
Eleonore Büning, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
“... 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
"There are just a few operas which are so connected to their protagonist like this one. Yoncheva lives up to this very well - definitely on the footsteps of Maria Callas... ... one follows these vocal high-voltage currents with amazements and raised pulse."
Gerard Felber, F.A.Z.
Sonya Yoncheva is earning critical praise for her Médée at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Click on "Read more" here below to see the complete press review.see more
On October 7, 2018 Sonya Yoncheva will add the 50th role to her repertoire: She will make her debut in the title role of Cherubini's Médée in a new Andrea Breth production conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden of Berlin. The other main roles will be sung by Charles Castronovo, Iain Paterson, Elsa Dreisig and Marina Prudenskaya. There will be six performances with the last show taking place on October 28. Médée will be Sonya's fifth role debut in only a year, following her star turns as Élisabeth de Valois in Don Carlos at the Paris Opera, in the title roles of Tosca and Luisa Miller at the Metropolitan Opera and as Imogene in Il pirata at La Scala.
On October 26, 2018 BelAir Classiques will release Tchaikovsky's Iolanta & The Nutcracker, recorded at the Opéra national de Paris and starring Sonya Yoncheva as Iolanta on DVD/Blu-Ray. The staging of the double bill is by Dmitri Tcherniakov, Alain Altinoglu conducts a cast featuring Arnold Rutkowski, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Andrei Jilihovschi & Vito Priante in Iolanta. Please click here for more information and to order the recording.
Sonya Yoncheva is very sorry not to be able to leave Berlin to perform the recital at Teatro alla Scala scheduled for September 18 she was very much looking forward to. Sonya will be back at La Scala in March for La traviata and in June for the Rolex Ambassadors Gala.
Sonya Yoncheva has been lauded by the international press for her performances in the title role of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Salzburg Festival. The New York Times describes her interpretation as “dramatically ferocious and vocally sensual”, the Financial Times praises her “plush, seductive soprano” and for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Sonya Yoncheva sings a Poppea full of the finest nuances, warm, soft, with little vibrato and an irresistible messa di voce”.
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On August 20 at 6:30 p.m. C.E.T. Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea from the Salzburg Festival with Sonya Yoncheva in the title role will be video streamed on
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[Photo © Salzburger Festspiele / Maarten Vanden Abeele]
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]