Sonya Yoncheva

Season 17/18 Artist
© Nathalie Gabay

Sonya Yoncheva began her musical education in her hometown of Plvdiv then studied at the Geneva Conservatoire. She made her operatic debut in the Baroque repertoire, and in 2007 she participated in Le Jardin des Voix – a project for young singers conducted by William Christie for whom she interpreted the roles of Phani and Zima in Les Indes galantes. She was then invited to the Glyndebourne Festival where she sang Fortuna in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, to the Teatro Real in Madrid (Giunone de Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Reims Opera and the Opéra Royal in Versailles (Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare), to Dijon Opera and Lille Opera (Poppea in Agrippina conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm). At the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2007, she was awarded the Friends of the Festival’s Special Prize for her performance as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and in 2010 she won first prize in the Operalia Competition and the CulturArte Special Prize. In 2013, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in the role of Gilda in Rigoletto and at the Paris Opera in the title-role in Lucia di Lammermoor. She has also interpreted Violetta in La Traviata at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, in Monte‑Carlo and at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich; Marguerite in Faust at the Staatsoper in Vienna, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London and at the Baden‑Baden Festival; and Leila des Pêcheurs de perles at the Opéra Comique in Paris. During the 2014-15 season, she made her debut in the role of Mimi in La Bohème and the Metropolitan Opera and performed Juliet at the Teatro Real in Madrid, La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in Monte-Carlo. For the opening of the 2015-16 season at the Metropolitan Opera, she undertook the role of Desdemona in Otello and sang Micaela at the Royal Opera House, Violetta at the Berlin Staatsoper and the title role in Alcina in Monte-Carlo and Versailles. Her first album, Paris mon amour, was awarded an Echo Klassik in the “New Comer of the Year/Vocal” category in 2015.

Forthcoming concerts: La Traviata and Tatiana in Eugene Onegin at the Paris Opera and the title role in Thaïs at the Salzburg Festival.

Creations at the Opera

  • Lucia

    Lucia di Lammermoor - 2013

Currently in

Career history

Geneva Conservatory of Music Academy of the Aix-en-Provence Festival


City of Geneva Special Award Friends of the Aix-en-Provence Festival Special Award in 2007 Winner of the Operalia Competition in 2010