Соня Йончева

Biography

Superstar soprano Sonya Yoncheva has been heralded as one of the most acclaimed and exciting performers of her generation.

She has become an acclaimed fixture on the most important stages of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Teatro alla Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berlin State Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, and the Opéra de Paris. Her unforgettable portrayals of iconic roles have received tremendous acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

She recently sang Tosca at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and at Staatsoper Berlin, La traviata at the Maggio Musicale in Florence, Médée at Staatsoper Berlin, La bohème (Mimì) at Covent Garden, Il pirata at the Teatro Real Madrid, Otello in Baden-Baden and Berlin, Iolanta and Otello at the Metropolitan Opera. Sonya has also participated in the 2020 season opening gala of the Teatro alla Scala A Riveder le Stelle, in the 2020 edition of Weihnachten mit dem Bundespräsidenten, a Christmas concert hosted by the German President and broadcast on German television on Christmas Eve, in the Rolex Perpetual Music Gala in Berlin, in the 2020 Concert de Paris as well as in galas and solo concerts at the Salzburg Festival, Arena di Verona, Teatro Real Madrid, Monte-Carlo Opéra, Budapest Opera, in Mexico City and Antwerp.

Other career highlights include new productions of Tosca and Otello at the Metropolitan Opera, where she also performed the title roles of Luisa Miller, La traviata and Iolanta, Mimì in La bohème and Gilda in Rigoletto, the title parts of Norma (new production) and La traviata, Marguerite in Faust, Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Micaëla in Carmen, Mimì and Musetta in La bohème at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Il pirata (new staging) and La bohème (Mimì) at Teatro alla Scala, L’incoronazione di Poppea (new production) at the Salzburg Festival, new stagings of Médée and La traviata at the Staatsoper Berlin, and of Don Carlo, La bohème and Iolanta at the Paris Opéra, where she also appeared in La traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor.

After studying piano and voice in her hometown Plovdiv with Nelly Koitcheva, Sonya Yoncheva obtained her master’s degree in voice in Geneva, studying with Danielle Borst. Sonya is an alumna of William Christie’s Le Jardin des Voix. She is the winner of several renowned international competitions, including top prize and the special CultureArte prize at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition (2010). She was honored as the Newcomer of the Year (Singer) at the 2015 ECHO Klassik Awards and is the winner of the 2019 Readers’ Awards of the International Opera Awards.