Met Stars Live in Concert presents

Sonya Yoncheva in Germany


Live: Saturday, February 27 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 ToscaOtelloIolanta, and Luisa Miller.

The Program

“Ritorna vincitor!”
From Verdi’s Aida

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

“Donde lieta usci”
From Puccini’s La Bohème

Song to the Moon
From Dvořák’s Rusalka

“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

“Ah! je suis seule … Dis-moi que je suis belle”
From Massenet’s Thaïs

“Adieu, notre petite table”
From Massenet’s Manon

“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.

Paris-born Julien Quentin is one of today’s most in-demand pianists, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Touring internationally in the United States, Australia, Japan, the Middle East, and Europe, he has appeared at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Louvre in Paris, the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, and New York’s Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Carnegie halls. He began his studies at the Geneva Conservatory; completed his artist diploma at Indiana University, where he held a one-year teaching position and was a recipient of the Presser Award; and received his graduate diploma from the Juilliard School. He has also worked with Paul Badura-Skoda, Nikita Magaloff, György Sebök and Earl Wild. With Musica Litoralis at Piano Salon Christophori, he has created an increasingly successful concert series reminiscent of the salons of the Roaring Twenties. He also pursues his interest in other genres of music in projects ranging from improvisation to producing electronic music

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.

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