On May 29, Sonya Yoncheva appears in a star-studded gala concert at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, paying tribute to legendary conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim.
Sonya will sing Ciò-Ciò San’s aria “Un bel dì vedremo” from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino led by Zubin Mehta. Other artists appearing at the concert include Cecilia Bartoli, Rolando Villazón, Plácido Domingo, Martha Argerich and Lang Lang.
Daniel Barenboim has been playing an important role in Sonya Yoncheva’s career. He invited her to sing Violetta in a new production of La traviata at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in 2015 led by the Maestro, causing a stir, with the international press lauding her as the “best Violetta since Maria Callas” (Die Welt). Daniel Barenboim also conducted the Staatsoper Unter den Linden’s new staging of Cherubini’s Médée with Sonya Yoncheva in the title role, now one of her most celebrated roles.
[Photo: Wiki Commons / Gobierno de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires]
On May 12, 2023, Sonya Yoncheva makes her house debut at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. Sonya is the star guest of an operatic gala concert organised by the association of the friends of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and will sing conducted by Axel Kober. The concert will also feature ensemble singers of the opera company sharing the stage with her. On the program for Sonya are “Musette svaria sulla bocca viva” from Leoncavallo’s La Bohème, “Sì, mi chiamano Mimì” and the act 1 duet between Mimì and Rodolfo (Eduardo Aladrén) from Puccini’s La Bohème, “Vissi d’arte” from Puccini’s Tosca, “Dis-moi que je suis belle” from Massenet’s Thaïs and “Sola, perduta, abbandonata” from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. Following the concert, Sonya will sign her album “The Courtesan”.
[Photo: Victor Santiago / SY11 Productions]
Available now in Bulgarian and from May 30 in English: Fifteen Mirrors, a book produced by Sonya Yoncheva and SY11 Productions. For her first book, Sonya has chosen fifteen iconic opera characters – most of them roles from her repertoire, extraordinary women she performed on stage and others who inhabit her dreams. For each of these 15 roles, you will find five photos and a text with Sonya’s thoughts and insights about the parts.
“This book will tell you more about my inner world than any autobiography possibly could.”, says Sonya Yoncheva.
Find out more and order the book on:
Puccini “Madama Butterfly” Title Role Debut
Wiener Staatsoper,Vienna, Austria
Cherubini “Médée” Title Role
Staatsoper Unter den Linden,Berlin, Germany
Official video of Sonya Yoncheva’s fifth solo album “The Courtesan”.
Recorded at the Bayerische Staatsoper’s “Oper für alle” concert in September 2022 with tenor Freddie De Tommaso. Daniele Rustioni conducts.
Recorded at the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona in July 2022. Conductor: Domingo Hindoyan | Staging: Alex Ollé