Sonya Yoncheva Condemns Online Bullying & Suggests Reviews Deterring Singers From Metropolitan Opera

By Francisco Salazar

Sonya Yoncheva is taking aim at online bullying following her criticism of a New York Times review about her recent “Norma” performances.

The soprano took to social media and said, “I want you to know that I am constantly bullied on internet by some deranged people. I was shown an Internet forum where they were speaking about my children in a nasty way. A woman even managed to find my email and write me an extremely sick message.”

She added, “There are people, who I call ‘vocal-racists,’ who are comparing us with some ghosts from the past. If what we sing doesn’t correspond to their CD we are condemned. This doesn’t do any favor to the new generation of artists and must stop. I know that many of my colleagues will agree with me and I know almost all of them will never have the courage to speak about it for obvious reasons. I feel I must do it.”

This is the second time in two days that the soprano is being outspoken regarding bullying and criticism. On Monday, she took aim at a New York Times review that compared her to Angel Blue and later suggested that many of her colleagues refuse to return to the Metropolitan Opera due to critics like Zachary Woolfe. She said, “I respond to the numerous people, who wrote, not to the critic. I am speaking on the behalf of many colleagues of mine, who are not willing to return to the Met, because of these kinds of writing.”