Sonya Yoncheva devotes her second solo album to the music of Handel, showing another facet of her wide-ranging repertoire. Being an alumna of William Christie’s Le Jardin des Voix, the Baroque era formed her musical understanding at an early stage of her career, laying the foundation for her versatile and broad-reaching repertoire.
Telling fully and uncompromisingly the story of her character is what fuels Sonya Yoncheva’s extraordinary power. Her spectacular portrayals of iconic roles have received tremendous acclaim from critics and audiences alike. “I do not think about being a singer, I think about being a storyteller,” the soprano confided in an interview after her triumphantly role debut of Bellini’s Norma at the Royal Opera House this year. The young Bulgarian soprano replaced Anna Netrebko and opened a new chapter in the history of her roles. Performances of bel canto repertoire as Norma, La Bohème or La Traviata (Staatsoper Berlin, Opéra de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper) amazed audiences and press lauded the soprano as “the finest Violetta since Maria Callas” and “possibly the best Traviata in the world at present.” (Die Welt, Germany). The artist’s extraordinary vocal and dramatic brilliance and involvement make each role she touches her own.