Sonya Yoncheva | News and Events
Sonya Yoncheva is very sorry that due to a sudden and strong cold she had to postpone her recital at the Teatro alla Scala. The new date is the 18th of September 2018.
On February 4, 2018 Sonya Yoncheva embarks on a concert tour in occasion of her new solo CD release "The Verdi Album" (Sony Music). The first concert leads her to the Grand Théâtre of Genève. Other tour dates are the 7th of February (Konzerthaus Dortmund), the 30th of May (Salle Louisville Montpellier), the 2nd of June (Théâtre des Champs Élysées of Paris), the 3rd of June (Festpielhaus Baden-Baden) and the 23rd of October (Philharmonie Berlin). The concerts also feature her brother Marin Yonchev (tenor). Francesco Ivan Ciampa and Massimo Zanetti conduct.
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On February 1, 2018 Sonya Yoncheva will take part at the official Opening Concert of the 2018 Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Sonya will sing arias from Verdi's Luisa Miller, Don Carlos, Il trovatore and La forza del destino. Nayden Todorov will conduct the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vanya Moneva Choir, Ludmil Angelov will play the piano.
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This season Sonya Yoncheva will set a record at the Metropolitan Opera: she will be the first singer to appear in leading roles in three movie-theater broadcasts. On January 27, 2018 Sonya will present her "memorable Tosca" (Huffington Post) in David McVicar's new staging to the large international HD audience. Next month, on February 24, La bohème in Franco Zeffirelli's legendary staging will be broadcast with the star soprano reprising her acclaimed portrayal of Mimì. And on April 14 the MET will screen Luisa Miller starring Sonya in her title role debut.
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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."
[Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera]
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.