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Sonya Yoncheva, now established as a prima donna of the world’s leading opera houses, makes her first visit to the Verbier Festival, giving a recital with pianist Malcolm Martineau.
After studies in her native Bulgaria, Yoncheva went on to gain a master’s degree at the Conservatory of Geneva, join William Christie’s training scheme, Le Jardin des Voix, and win Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition. The New York Times has written that: “Her luscious sound has just enough of an earthy tinge and texture to balance the shimmer of her singing.” She embraces a diverse repertoire that includes leading roles in the operas of Monteverdi, Mozart, Bellini, Cherubini, Verdi, Gounod, Tchaikovsky and Puccini. As she told the UK’s Opera magazine: “I believe audiences would sense immediately if I was playing safe, and what is interesting in seeing artists choose an easy route?”BACK TO THE PROGRAMME