Biography

Sonya Yoncheva

Current as of August 2021

Soprano Sonya Yoncheva is one of the leading singers of her generation. With an extensive repertoire that includes Baroque operas, as well as Mozart, Verdi and Puccini, she is a regular guest at the world’s leading opera houses. She is also much in demand on the concert platform and as a song recitalist.
Over the past few seasons, Sonya Yoncheva has earned a reputation for being the current leading interpreter of Violetta (La traviata), a role she has recently sung in places such as Berlin, Munich, Paris and at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. She has also enjoyed great success as Desdemona (Otello), Mimì (La bohème) and in the title roles in Tosca, Iolanta and Luisa Miller at the Met, Iolanta, Élisabeth (Don Carlos) and Mimì at the Paris Opéra, Mimì, Norma and Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Mimì and Imogene (Il pirata) at La Scala, Milan, Imogene at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Cherubini’s Médée and Tosca at the Berlin State Opera, Desdemona in Baden-Baden and at the Philharmonie in Berlin and Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

In the summer of 2020 she performed in the Concert de Paris and as Violetta in the Cavea of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, as well as opera galas in Lucca, Caserta, Plovdiv and the Arena di Verona.

Performances during the 2020/21 season include concerts in Paris, Berlin, Munich, Baden-Baden, Madrid, Valencia, Bilbao and Antwerp, the Gala A riveder le stelle at the opening of the La Scala season and Christmas with the Federal President, broadcast by ZDF. Other appearances include Tosca at the Bavarian State Opera, her role debut as Aida as well as Violetta in Verona and as Stephana in Giordano’s Siberia in a new production at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

She is a graduate of William Christie’s Le Jardin des Voix. Early music continues to be a focus of her repertoire, including Phani and Zima (Les Indes galantes), as well as Dido (Dido and Aeneas) on tour with Christie, with whom she also appeared to great acclaim as Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea) at the 2018 Salzburg Festival. In 2017 she toured a Baroque programme that was released by Sony Classical.

Born in Plovdiv in Bulgaria in 1981, she studied the piano and singing with Nelly Koitcheva in her hometown and in Geneva. In 2010 she won Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition and was also awarded the CulturArte Prize. In 2015 she received the Echo Klassik Award for young artist of the year.

She has also appeared alongside artists such as Sting and Elvis Costello and collaborated with renowned film composer Vladimir Cosma. Sonya Yoncheva is an exclusive artist with Sony Classical and an international ambassador for Rolex.

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