Sonya Yoncheva | News and Events
"Fresh from her triumph in Mascagni’s Iris at the Radio France festival in Montpellier, Sonya Yoncheva was the star of the evening, partnered by tenor Saimir Pirgu with the Bordeaux Orchestra, conducted by its music director Paul Daniel. A first half of French opera and a second of Italian proved that Yoncheva looks set to be a leading player in both repertoires ...
The Bulgarian soprano was outstanding in extracts from Hérodiade, Le Cid and Manon, sung in reasonable French with wind defying vocal splendor. The first half suited Pirgu less well, his light tenor voice sounded taxed by his aria from Massenet's Werther ... Second-half highlights included Tosca’s “Vissi d’arte”—an item that sounds ready for the soprano’s opera-house repertoire—and Magda’s aria from Puccini’s Rondine ...
The Act I duet from Verdi’s Rigoletto confirmed the lyrical qualities of Pirgu’s duke, and Yoncheva’s girlish Gilda finished the evening with a barn storming top D flat ..."
Stephen J. Mudge - Opera Newssee more
Sonya Yoncheva withdraws from December 3 performance of 'Les Contes d'Hoffmann' at the Royal Opera House
Sonya Yoncheva has withdrawn from the December 3 performance of the Royal Opera House's production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann, due to personal reasons. Soprano Marita Sølberg replaces her in the role of Antonia for this date. Ms. Yoncheva remains in the role for all other performances: November 18, 21, 24 & 28.see more
"Best of all was Sonya Yoncheva, in radiant form as Antonia, her lustrous soprano and keen dramatic instincts contributing to a gripping scene ..." (Bachtrack)see more
"I'm a very natural person," says Sonya Yoncheva. Anyone who has ever seen the Bulgarian soprano onstage or listened to her recordings might well agree. Her lush lyric voice calls to mind the young Mirella Freni: you don’t hear her vocal mechanism—only a golden nimbus of sound. She is also a striking beauty, with dark eyes that project to the farthest reaches of the house. But when Yoncheva is in action, you’re aware less of her extraordinary gifts than of her humanity: it’s like you’re catching her in the act of being herself.see more
Sonya Yoncheva stars as Antonia in Offenbach's fantastical Les Contes d'Hoffmann at London's Royal Opera House, with performances taking place from November 7 through 28. The production, originally created by legendary stage director John Schlesinger, highlights a starry cast of international artists including Vittorio Grigòlo in the title role, Thomas Hampson as The Four Villains, and Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse/The Muse, with conductor Evelino Pidò leading from the pit.see more
Sonya Yoncheva is the featured soprano soloist on a new Sony Classical album release featuring Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, which will be available for purchase worldwide on October 21.see more
Sonya Yoncheva's performance in the title role of Bellini's Norma can be seen worldwide on Monday, September 26, via the Royal Opera House's live cinema broadcast series. Visit the following link to find screenings in your area.see more
"The purity of her Marguerite and her passionate, feisty Violetta here in London, and her desperately moving Iolanta in Paris, have already marked her out as an extraordinary singer and actress, qualities required in spades for Norma. Recitatives were darkly coloured, the verbal assaults on Pollione, her erstwhile lover, full of scorn, unleashed like a snarling tigress. “Casta diva” – quite simply the emblematic bel canto aria – was gorgeously phrased with silken legato, Yoncheva's teasing rubato as hypnotic as the giant thurible which swung back and forth. Shafts of moonbeams shot through the woodwind section in an accompaniment sensitively shaped by Sir Antonio Pappano ... Yoncheva blazed in duet. An incendiary role debut." (Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack)see more