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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.
On October 25 at 7:30 p.m. Central European Time Médée with Sonya Yoncheva in the title role will be video streamed live from Staatsoper Unter den Linden. You can watch the performance live on the following link:
On October 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Sonya Yoncheva will star in a Verdi gala concert at the Berliner Philharmonie alongside tenor Marin Yonchev. Massimo Zanetti will conduct the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester of Berlin. The program will include music from La traviata, Don Carlo, La forza del destino and Luisa Miller. Tickets on the following link: https://bit.ly/2PJhSxU
“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.