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Sonya Yoncheva

Soprano

Biography

Sonya Yoncheva in action.
Sonya Yoncheva in Faust, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva made her Royal Opera debut in Plácido Domingo's Operalia Winners concert in July 2012, and has since sung Musetta (La bohème), Marguerite (Faust), Violetta (La traviata) and in the Life Reimagined Gala. In the 2015/16 Season she sings Micaëla (Carmen) for The Royal Opera.

Yoncheva was born in 1981. She studied piano and voice in Plovdiv and singing at the Geneva Conservatory. In 2007 she was a member of William Christie’s Le Jardin des Voix and in her early career focussed on Early and Baroque repertory, her engagements including Phani/Zima (Les Indes galantes) on European tour with Christie, La Fortuna (L’incoronazione di Poppea) at the Glyndebourne Festival, Giunone (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) at the Teatro Real, Madrid, Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) in Reims and Versailles, Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Poppea (Agrippina) in Lille and Dijon and the title role in Thaïs for Novaya Opera, Moscow. She has since included Classical and Romantic roles in her repertory, engagements including Léïla (Les Pêcheurs de perles) for the Opéra-Comique, Violetta (La traviata) in Monte Carlo and Valencia, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) for the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Gilda (Rigoletto) for the Arena di Verona and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for Paris Opéra.

Yoncheva's many awards include the Special Prize of Les Amis du Festival at the 2007 Aix-en-Provence Festival and First Prize in Operalia, 2010.

News and features

Introducing… Sonya Yoncheva

Introducing… Sonya Yoncheva

17 June 2015

The Bulgarian soprano returns to the Royal Opera House to reprise her remarkable performances in La traviata.

Recommended Recordings: June 2015

Recommended Recordings: June 2015

11 June 2015

This month features a magnificent recording of the Ring Cycle, an exceptional disc by Sonya Yoncheva and a new recording of Donizetti's rarely-performed Les Martyrs.

The Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015 open for voting

The Bachtrack Opera Awards 2015 open for voting

10 June 2015

The online publication announces winners of six different categories of opera each week, voted for by its readers

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