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Role debut as Manon Lescaut in Hamburg

On September 9, Sonya Yoncheva will make her eagerly awaited debut in the title role of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. The concert performance will also be her house debut at the Staatsoper Hamburg. Francesco Ivan Ciampa will conduct, while Brian Jagde, Kartal Karagedik and Tigran Martirossian will appear in the other main parts. There will be two more performances in Hamburg on September 12 and 15.

Sonya’s originally scheduled debut as Manon Lescaut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2020 and later at the Bayerische Staatsoper earlier this year had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. It is the first of several new Puccini roles for the soprano, with Madama Butterfly being her following Puccini debut in a future season. Other notable operas by the composer from Lucca in Sonya’s repertoire include Tosca and La bohème (Mimì), parts she has performed on all of the world’s leading stages such as the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Paris Opéra, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper and Staatsoper Berlin.

More information about Manon Lescaut on the WEBSITE of Staatsoper Hamburg.

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Singer of the Year at Opus Klassik 2021

Sonya Yoncheva has been named Singer of The Year at the Opus Klassik Awards 2021 for her album Rebirth.

The awards ceremony will take place on October 10, 2021 at Konzerthaus Berlin and will be telecast by ZDF.

Born out of the Echo Klassik Awards, the Opus Klassik is considered Germany’s most important classical music award and has been granted since 2018. This year’s jury consists of Kerstin Schüssler-Bach, Michael Becker, Michael Brüggemann, Arnt Cobbers, Tobias Feilen, Manfred Görgen, Stephanie Haase, Cleopatra Sofroniou, and Julia Spinola.

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