Sonya Yoncheva | News and Events
On April 22, 2018 Sonya Yoncheva will be honored “for Outstanding Contributions to Opera” at the Ceremony of the 13th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards. The other recipients of the prestigious award include William Christie, Fiorenza Cossotto, Vittorio Grigolo and Hei-Kyung Hong. The artists will be celebrated at a black-tie gala celebration at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
On April 14 "Luisa Miller" from the Metropolitan Opera with Sonya Yoncheva starring in the title role will be broadcast Live in HD by many international movie theatres. With this transmission Sonya will set a record as the first singer to be featured in a leading role in three Live in HD broadcasts within one season at the Met. Find out on the following link which cinema nearby will show the performance: https://bit.ly/1LHcAPN
Sonya Yoncheva's role debut as Luisa Miller at the Metropolitan Opera is being greeted with critical acclaim: For Zachary Woolfe from The New York Times she is "this revival’s main attraction", and the "clear, smoothly slicing quality of her soprano makes special impact in this opera... ." James Jorden (The Observer) praises her "thrilling performance" in the title role. "She threw herself into the part of a middle-class good girl betrayed by amoral aristocrats with frightening intensity. Her complex, haunting soprano seemed to presage doom from her very first entrance... . Her ferocious sense of commitment made almost everything around her seem a little tame." And for Barry Bassis from The Epoch Times "true singing actress" Sonya Yoncheva in her third leading role this season at the Met (after Puccini's Tosca and Mimì in La bohème) proves "that she is equally at home with Verdi. Her rendition of Luisa’s “Tu puniscimi, O Signore” was exquisite.". [Plácido Domingo as Miller and Sonya Yoncheva in the title role of Verdi's "Luisa Miller." Photo: Chris Lee / Met Opera]
Sonya Yoncheva is about to make her second title role debut at the Metropolitan Opera this season. She'll sing Luisa Miller in Verdi's eponymous opera for the first time on March 29, 2018 in a run of seven performances with the last one taking place on April 21. The performance on April 14 will be shown by many international cinemas as part of the MET's "Live in HD" series. Elijah Moshinsky's production will also see Plácido Domingo's role debut as Miller with Luca Salsi taking on the part on April 18, Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo, Alexander Vinogradov as Walter, Dmitry Belosselskiy as Wurm and Olesya Petrova as Federica. Bertrand de Billy will conduct.
[Photo by Simon Pauly]
Sonya Yoncheva's solo album Handel was distinguished with the award «Grandes voix humaines, Henry Jacqueton» by the Académie du Disque Lyrique!
Sonya Yoncheva will reprise her "delicate, dreamy, detailed Mimì" (The New York Times) in Franco Zeffirelli's legendary staging of La bohème at the Metropolitan Opera. There will be six performances on February 16, 21 & 24 and on March 2, 7 & 10, 2018. Find out here which cinema in your area will show the Live in HD broadcast on February 24: http://www.metopera.org/Season/In-Cinemas/Theater-Finder/
[Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera]
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.
[Photo: Kristian Schuller / Sony Music]
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.
[Photo by Simon Pauly]