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

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, 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 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, Leïla (Les Pêcheurs de perles) for Opéra-Comique, Iris for Festival de Radio France et Montpellier 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.

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News and features

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

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

15 November 2016

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

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

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

11 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 <em>Norma</em> on 8 October

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

7 October 2016

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,

Sonya Yoncheva. Photography: Gregor Hohenberg / SonyClassical

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

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

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 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 as Norma in rehearsal for Norma, The Royal Opera

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