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Born in 1981, Sonya Yoncheva graduated in her hometown of Plovdiv, Bulgaria and later obtained a degree from the Conservatory of Geneva. She began her career as an alumna of William Christie’s Le Jardin des Voix and has maintained a special focus on the Early and Baroque repertory. Ms. Yoncheva is the winner of several renowned international competitions, including top prize and the special CultureArte prize at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition (2010). She was honored as the Newcomer of the Year (Singer) at the 2015 ECHO Klassik Awards.
Past performance highlights include her debut in the title role of Norma, Antonia (Les contes d'Hoffmann), Micaela (Carmen) and Marguerite (Faust) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the title role of Tosca in a new staging and of Luisa Miller, Violetta (La traviata), the 50th Anniversary Gala, Gilda (Rigoletto), Mimì (La bohème), and Desdemona in the 2015/16 season opening production of Otello at the Metropolitan Opera, Imogene (Il pirata) and Mimì (La bohème) at the Teatro alla Scala, the title roles of Iolanta and Lucia di Lammermoor, Élisabeth de Valois (Don Carlos) and Mimì at Opéra National de Paris, Marguerite (Faust) at the Vienna Staatsoper, La traviata at Staatsoper Berlin and the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Ms Yoncheva's starry 2018/2019 engagements include her title role debut in a new production of Cherubini's Médée at the Statsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, followed by her return to the Metropolitan Opera as Desdemona in Otello and in the title part of Iolanta. Sonya returns to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden as Desdemona in a new staging of Otello, a role that also leads her to the Berliner Philharmonie for concert performances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She also reprises her acclaimed portrayals of Tosca at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Opéra de Paris, Violetta in La traviata at the Teatro alla Scala and of Norma at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. In summer 2019 she returns to the Salzburg Festival in the title role of a new production of Médée.
Performances on the concert platform lead her in Rossini's Stabat Mater to the Philharmonie of Paris, in gala concerts to the Teatro alla Scala , Opéra de Paris and the Savonlinna Opera Festival, in recitals to the Monte-Carlo Opéra, Teatro Real of Madrid, Rosey Concert Hall and Teatro del Lago Frutillar (Chile) and in solo concerts to the Berliner Philharmonie, The Broad Stage of Santa Monica, Hungarian State Opera in Budapest, Liège Opera House, Teatro del Bicentenario in Guanajuato (Mexico) and Mexico City.
Sonya Yoncheva records exclusively for Sony Classical, where her discography includes her solo albums Handel (2017) and Paris, mon amour (2015) and The Verdi Album (2018). On a Deutsche Grammophon release of Le nozze di Figaro she portrayed the role of the Contessa.
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