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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), Micaëla (Carmen) and in the Life Reimagined Gala. In the 2016/17 Season she returns to sing Norma and Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann).

Yoncheva was born in 1981. She studied piano and voice in Plovdiv and singing at the Geneva Conservatory. 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) for Glyndebourne Festival, Giunone (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) for Teatro Real, Madrid, and Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) in Reims and Versailles. She has since included Classical and Romantic roles in her repertory, engagements including Leïla (Les Pêcheurs de perles) for the Opéra-Comique, Violetta (La traviata) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Berlin State Opera, Zürich Opera and in Monte Carlo and Valencia, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) for the Aix-en-Provence Festival and in Monte Carlo, Mimì (La bohème) for the Metropolitan Opera and Bavarian State Opera, Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) in Baden-Baden, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for Paris Opéra and Desdemona (Otello) for the Metropolitan Opera.

Yoncheva’s many awards include the Special Prize of Les Amis du Festival at the 2007 Aix-en-Provence Festival, first prize in Operalia (2010) and Newcomer of the Year (Singer) at the 2015 ECHO Klassik Awards.

News and features

Cast confirmation: Sonya Yoncheva to sing in <em>Norma</em>

Cast confirmation: Sonya Yoncheva to sing in Norma

3 May 2016

Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva is to replace Anna Netrebko in Bellini's masterpiece.

Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

1 March 2016

Nominees include Kasper Holten, Anna Netrebko and Ermonela Jaho.

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.

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