Sonya Yoncheva

“Yoncheva loves, betrays and seduces, is desperate, is furious in her arias and duets. One can’t get enough of her singing. She inevitably outsings everyone around her.“
Volker Blech, Berliner Morgenpost

Kristian Schuller © Sony Music Entertainment


Following a series of spectacular debuts at the world’s leading opera houses, soprano Sonya Yoncheva has been heralded as one of the most acclaimed and exciting performers of her generation. She has become a celebrated figure on the most important stages of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Teatro alla Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berlin State Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, and the Opéra de Paris. Her unforgettable portrayals of iconic roles have received tremendous acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

Sonya’s extensive repertoire includes jewels of the Baroque canon, as well as works by Mozart, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and Puccini. Revered for her distinctly beautiful voice and exceptional dramatic presence, Sonya is equally at home on the concert and recital stage, having performed to critical acclaim in several cities including Paris, Dresden, Baden-Baden, and Munich.


Performance Schedule


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    The Verdi Album

    Label: Sony Classical

    Release Date: 02 Feb 18

    Conductor: Massimo Zanetti
    Münchner Rundfunkorchester

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    Label: Sony Classical

    Release Date: 03 Feb 18

    Conductor: Alessandro De Marchi
    Academia Montis Regalis

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    BELLINI Norma (DVD)

    Label: Opus Arte

    Release Date: 14 Nov 17

    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
    Conductor: Antonio Pappano

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    PERGOLESI Stabat Mater

    Label: Sony Classical

    Release Date: 21 Oct 16

    Ensemble Amarillis

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    MOZART Le nozze di Figaro

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 08 Jul 16

    Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Chamber Orchestra of Europe

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    Label: Sony Classical

    Release Date: 13 Jan 15

    Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin
    Orquestrade la Comunitat Valenciana


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    09 Oct 18 CHERUBINI Médée
    Staatsoper Berlin

    “… an admirable performance. Her singing is so enchantingly beautiful and excessively present that all the other characters seem to be pale in comparison… .”
    Julia Spinola, Süddeutsche

    “Yoncheva, a stage animal to her last molecule, still manages to bring an extraordinary range of colour and passion to the murderous role of Médée.”
    Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times

    “Yoncheva loves, betrays and seduces, is desperate, is furious in her arias and duets. One can’t get enough of her singing. She inevitably outsings everyone around her.“
    Volker Blech, Berliner Morgenpost

    “Medea, terrifically performed by Sonya Yoncheva’s dark soprano voice which is over shining everything…”
    Eleonore Büning, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

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    13 Aug 18 MONTEVERDI L’incoronazione di Poppea
    Salzburg Festival

    “In the title role, Sonya Yoncheva put her luscious, supple soprano at the service of pre-Baroque music; she showed that she is an all-round artist, at home both in the early 1600s as she is in the late 1800s […] Her Poppea was unapologetically sexy; Yoncheva did not shy from sensuous, explicit acting, and seduced the whole audience.”
    Laura Servidei, bachtrack

    “Yoncheva brings a plush, seductive soprano and touch of vulgarity that is not inappropriate to the role.”
    Rebecca Schmid, Financial Times

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    01 Apr 18 VERDI Luisa Miller
    The Metropolitan Opera

    “The clear, smoothly slicing quality of her soprano makes special impact in this opera, in which Luisa stands out in a field of dark male voices […] There is always a sense of fatalism, of death calmly awaited, in Ms. Yoncheva’s portrayals.”
    Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

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    04 Jan 18 PUCCINI Tosca
    The Metropolitan Opera

    “Yoncheva has a glorious instrument. It’s massive, rich in texture, and highly expressive.”
    David Salazar, operawire

    “Her rich lyric soprano has grown fuller in recent seasons and her legato is remarkable. Her focused, silvery instrument was glowing throughout its entire range. She approached the famed “Vissi d’arte” reflectively, revealing at every step the character’s anguish.”
    Edward Sava-Segal, bachtrack