New Yorkers will have a chance to meet Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva at the Metropolitan Opera Shop next Wednesday, March 15 at 3 P.M. EST.
The soprano’s new album “Handel” recently hit stores and includes music from the composer’s opera’s, “Giulio Cesare in Egitto,” “Alcina,” “Rodelinda,” “Agrippina,” “Theodora” and “Rinaldo.”
This is Yoncheva’s third album with Sony Classical. In 2015 she released her debut CD “Paris, Mon Amour” and last year she released “Pergolesi Stabat Mater” in a recording that also featured Karine Deshayes. In addition to these solo albums, Sony released a DVD of her “Otello” from the Met Opera and a concert recording featuring the Bulgarian diva alongside Luca Pisaroni.
The soprano is currently performing Verdi’s “La Traviata” alongside Michael Fabiano and Thomas Hampson. OperaWire praised her vocal artistry in the run, emphasizing that “she was particularly affecting when making vocal transitions utilizing crescendos, most specifically in the famous ‘Ah fors’è lui che l’anima.’”
This past Saturday’s performance was part of the Met’s Live in HD series. Those who missed it will likely get a shot to see it on public television later on this year.
Next season Yoncheva returns to the Met for three productions including “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “La Bohème” and “Luisa Miller.” The latter two will be part of the Live in HD series.