Sonya Yoncheva
Soprano

Season 17/18 Artist

Sonya Yoncheva began her musical studies in her home town of Plovdiv and perfected her skills at the Geneva Conservatory. She made her debut in the baroque repertoire. In 2007 she participated in the Jardin des Voix project for young singers conducted by William Christie, with whom she performed Phani and Zima in Les Indes Galantes. Soon thereafter, she was invited to the Glyndebourne Festival (Fortuna in L’Incoronazione di Poppea), the Teatro Real in Madrid (Giunone in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), the Reims Opera and the Opéra Royal in Versailles (Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare), the Dijon Opera and the Lille Opera (Poppea in Agrippina under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm).
She received the “Friends of the Festival” Special Prize for her performance as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte at the Aix Festival Academy in 2007 and in 2010 she won First Prize at Operalia and was awarded the CulturArte Special Prize.
In 2013, she made her debut appearances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in the role of Gilda in Rigoletto and at the Paris Opera performing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. She also played Violetta in La Traviata at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, the Monte-Carlo Opera, and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Marguerite in Faust at the Vienna Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London and the Baden-Baden Festival, and Leila in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Opéra Comique.
During the 2014-2015, she sang the role of Mimi (La Bohème) for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera. She also sang the role of Juliette 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 at the Monte Carlo Opera. She sang the role of Desdemona in Otello for the opening of the 2015-2016 season at the Metropolitan Opera and played Micaela at the Royal Opera House, Violetta at the Berlin Staatsoper, the title role in Alcina at the Monte-Carlo Opera and the Opéra Royal in Versailles, and the title role in Iolanta at the Paris Opera.
This season, she added the title role of Norma to her repertoire and she sang Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Tatiana (Eugene Onegin) at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Mimi at La Scala in Milan, Violetta at the Metropolitan Opera and Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) at the Baden-Baden Festival. Her latest album, Handel, was released this year on the Sony Classical label.

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