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Sonya Yoncheva

Soprano

Biography

Sonya Yoncheva in action.
Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Norma, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

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 Valéry (La traviata), Micaëla (Carmen), Norma, Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and in the Life Reimagined Gala. In the 2019/20 Season she sings Mimì (La bohème).

Yoncheva 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. More recent appearances include Desdemona (Otello), Mimì, Violetta, Floria Tosca, Luisa (Luisa Miller) and Iolanta for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Violetta, Mimì, Tosca and Cherubini’s Medée for Berlin State Opera, Iolanta, Violetta and Elizabeth of Valois (Don Carlos) for Paris Opéra, Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea) for Salzburg Festival, Imogene (Il pirata) and Mimì for La Scala, Milan, Imogene for Teatro Real, Madrid, Tatyana for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Desdemona in Baden-Baden and at the Berlin Philharmonie, Stefania (Giordano’s Siberia) for Festival de Radio France and Violetta for Bavarian State 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), Newcomer of the Year (Singer) at the 2015 ECHO Klassik Awards and the 2019 Readers’ Award at the International Opera Awards. Selected concert appearances include galas at La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opéra and Vienna State Opera, Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Philharmonie de Paris and recitals at Teatro Real, Madrid, Opéra de Monte-Carlo and the Salle Gaveau in Paris. She records exclusively for Sony Classical.

Videos

News and features

Your Reaction: What did you think of Les Contes d'Hoffmann in cinemas?

15 November 2016
Your Reaction: What did you think of <em>Les Contes d'Hoffmann</em> in cinemas?

John Schlesinger's classic Royal Opera production was relayed live to cinemas around the world.

Offenbach’s Les Contes d'Hoffmann to be relayed live to cinemas on 15 November 2016

11 November 2016
Offenbach’s <em>Les Contes d'Hoffmann</em> to be relayed live to cinemas on 15 November 2016

The live relay of John Schlesinger's classic Royal Opera production stars an impressive cast including Vittorio Grigolo, Thomas Hampson and Sonya Yoncheva.

Meet Sonya Yoncheva after the final performance of The Royal Opera's Norma on 8 October

7 October 2016
Meet Sonya Yoncheva after the final performance of The Royal Opera's <em>Norma</em> on 8 October

The singer will sign copies of her new album Paris, Mon amour after the matinee performance.

Photos

Joseph Calleja as Pollione and Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva and Sonia Ganassi as Adalgisa in Àlex Ollé's Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Brindley Sherratt as Oroveso, Sonya Yoncheva as Norma and Joseph Calleja as Pollione in Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Norma and Joseph Calleja as Pollione in Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Norma and Sonia Ganassi as Adalgisa in Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva. Photography: Gregor Hohenberg / SonyClassical

Sonya Yoncheva in Àlex Ollé's Norma, The Royal Opera

Joseph Calleja as Pollione and Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Àlex Ollé's Norma, The Royal Opera

Joseph Calleja as Pollione and Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in rehearsal for Norma, The Royal Opera

Ismael Jordi as Alfredo and Sonya Yoncheva as Violetta in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Joseph Calleja as Faust and Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Sonya Yoncheva in Faust, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva

Campaign image for the Royal Opera House Autumn Season 2016. Sonya Yoncheva and Ryoichi Hirano. Image by AKA

Sonya Yoncheva in Àlex Ollé's Norma, The Royal Opera

Brindley Sherratt as Oroveso and Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in rehearsal for Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva in Schlesinger’s Les Contes d'Hoffmann, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva in Faust, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite and Joseph Calleja as Faust in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès and Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Sonya Yoncheva as Marguerite in Faust, The Royal Opera,

Sonya Yoncheva in Schlesinger’s Les Contes d'Hoffmann, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Norma, The Royal Opera

Sonya Yoncheva as Norma in Norma, The Royal Opera