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, 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, Mimì (La bohème) at the Teatro alla Scala, the title roles of Iolanta and Lucia di Lammermoor at Opéra National de Paris, Marguerite (Faust) at the Vienna Staatsoper, La traviata at Staatsoper Berlin and the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Ms. Yoncheva begins the 2017/18 season in Paris making her debut as Élisabeth de Valois in a new production of Don Carlos, followed by performances as Mimì in a new staging of La bohème, all for the Opéra National de Paris. She then makes her greatly anticipated title role debut in a new production of Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera, where her performances also include Mimì (La bohème) and Luisa Miller (title role debut). Following this string of starry engagements, Sonya Yoncheva sings Tosca in concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and makes her debut as Imogene in a new production of Il pirata at the Teatro alla Scala. She presents recitals for the Opernhaus Zurich, Teatro alla Scala and Rosey Concert Hall, and sings in concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Grand Théâtre de Genève and Konzerthaus Dortmund on an all-Verdi programme, in addition to being the soloist at the Bayerische Staatsoper's annual outdoor summer Festival Concert.
Sonya Yoncheva records exclusively for Sony Classical, where her discography includes her solo albums Handel (2017) and Paris, mon amour (2015). In 2018 her next solo album featuring Verdi arias will be released. On a Deutsche Grammophon release of Le nozze di Figaro she portrayed the role of the Contessa.
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