Biography

Sonya Yoncheva

Current as of August 2020

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, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Bavarian, Berlin and Vienna State Operas, La Scala, Milan and the Paris Opéra. 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 Berlin, Munich, Paris and at the Met. 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, her role debut as Norma and Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) at Covent Garden, Mimì and Imogene (Il pirata) at La Scala, her role debut as 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.

During the 2019/20 season, she appeared as Imogene in a new production of Il pirata at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Mimì at Covent Garden and Médée in Berlin. This summer she has appeared in the Concert de Paris and as Violetta in the Cavea del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Her schedule also includes opera galas in Lucca, Caserta, Plovdiv and at the Arena di Verona.

She has planned several role debuts for the 2020/21 season, including Elsa in a new production of Lohengrin at the Berlin State Opera, Leonora (Il trovatore) and Rusalka at the Met, Manon Lescaut at the Bavarian State Opera and Stephana (Giordano’s Siberia) in a new production at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. She also returns to the Vienna State Opera as Tosca and will give concerts in Antwerp, Baden-Baden, Paris and Munich.

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) and 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/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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