Sonya Yoncheva to sing in Sofia

Sonya Yoncheva

Sonya Yoncheva, the Bulgarian opera prima who conquered the world, will arrive in Sofia to give a concert on 15 November. She will present a Puccini programme under the baton of Maestro Nayden Todorov.

Yoncheva is a star who has shined at such venues as Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, La Scala, Staatsoper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Wiener Staatsoper and Opera Nationale de Paris. Over the span of just several years, she has become one of the most sought-after sopranos. She has sang opposite such world-renowned stars as Placido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovski, Sting, Jonas Kaufmann, Thomas Hampson and Antonio Pappano. Her wide-ranging repertoire includes a significant number of composers - from Baroque musicians to Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Puccini. The Bulgarian singer ranks among the select few in the history of Metropolitan Opera who took part in three performances within one season, and each of them was broadcast live in 2,000 theatres across the globe. Her Violetta (Il Trovatore) is the best since the time of Maria Callas. After Callas, Sonya is the only opera singer whom La Scala invited to perform the principal part in Il Pirata, a very rarely performed opera by Bellini. The operatic biography of Sonya features such remarkable parts as Desdemona in Othello, Michaela in Carmen, Mimi in La Boheme, whereas her Iolanta in the same-name opera by Tchaikovsky - staged at Opera Nationale de Paris - has also won fame as the best portrayal of this character. Among the numerous awards of the opera prima are the prestigious Operalia, Medici TV Artist of the Year, readers' award of Opera Magazine, International Opera Awards and many others.

In June of this year, she was one of the stars participating in the Rolex Ambassadors Gala at La Scala along with Placido Domingo, Jonas Kaufmann, Juan Diego Flores and pianist Yuja Wang.

On 15 November, Sonya Yoncheva will sing arias from operas by Giacomo Puccini at Bulgaria Hall in Sofia. Her partner will be the young and already rising to popularity tenor Mihail Mihailov.

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