Met Stars Live in Concert presents

Sonya Yoncheva in Germany



Live: Saturday, November 21 at 1:00pm ET

One of opera’s most compelling and thrilling stars showcases her riveting artistry in a special program transmitted live from the breathtaking Baroque library of the Schussenried Cloister in southwest Germany. In this performance, audiences can expect some of the repertory’s most beloved soprano arias and the same star power Yoncheva has delivered in recent triumphs on the stage of the Met in Tosca, Otello, Iolanta, and Luisa Miller.

The Program

“Ritorna vincitor!”
From Verdi’s Aida

Song to the Moon
From Dvorák’s Rusalka

“Donde lieta usci”
From Puccini’s La Bohème

 “Tacea la notte placida … Di tale amor”
From Verdi’s Il Trovatore

“Se come voi piccina io fossi”
From Puccini’s Le Villi

“Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth” (Dido’s Lament)
From Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

“Lascia ch’io pianga”
From Handel’s Rinaldo

“Un bel dì”
From Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

“Oh! s’io potessi dissipar le nubi”
From Bellini’s Il Pirata

“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Habanera)
From Bizet’s Carmen

“Hymne à l’amour”
By Marguerite Monnot and Édith Piaf

Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, soprano Sonya Yoncheva is one of opera’s most versatile artists, with a repertoire that includes the title roles of Norma and Cherubini’s Médée, Imogene in Bellini’s Il Pirata, Poppea in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Élisabeth in Don Carlos, Stephana in Giordano’s Siberia, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro. At the Met, she has thrilled audiences as Desdemona in Otello, Mimì in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, Gilda in Rigoletto (the role of her celebrated 2013 debut), and the title roles of Iolanta, Luisa Miller, and Tosca. In recent seasons, she has appeared at Staatsoper Berlin, the Paris Opera, La Scala, the Bavarian State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Covent Garden, and in Madrid, Budapest, and Montpellier, France. She is equally at home on the concert and recital stage, having performed to critical acclaim in several cities including Dresden, Baden-Baden, Verbier, and Prague.

Malcolm Martineau is one of the world’s greatest accompanists, appearing regularly throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and Australasia with many of the world’s leading singers and recording widely for the major record labels. He has presented his own series at London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Edinburgh Festival, and has appeared at Covent Garden, La Scala, Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein,  Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and at the Aix-en-Provence, Vienna, Schubertiade, Munich, and Salzburg Festivals, among other prestigious venues. His recording projects include collaborations with Sir Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside, Angela Gheorghiu, Barbara Bonney, Magdalena Kožená, Della Jones, Sarah Walker, Tom Krause, Florian Boesch, Dame Sarah Connolly, Christiane Karg, Dorothea Röschmann, and Sophie Bevan. He was a given an honorary doctorate at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2004 and appointed International Fellow of Accompaniment in 2009. He served as artistic director of the 2011 Leeds Lieder Festival and was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours.

Met Stars Live in Concert
Opera’s greatest stars perform in a groundbreaking new series of pay-per-view recitals in striking locations around the globe, each live via satellite and shot with multiple cameras. While the Metropolitan Opera House remains dark because of the ongoing health crisis, Met Stars Live in Concert will allow audiences to experience extraordinary solo and duo performances by top singers—streamed live online—from such locations as a former abbey in Bavaria, a Norwegian castle, an outdoor terrace on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, a church in Wales, and a historic mansion in Washington, D.C. The series marries the intimacy of the Met’s virtual At-Home Gala with the high production value of the company’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions.

Tickets for each recital are $20, and the performances will remain available on demand for 14 days.