It's been reported that this summer's Montpellier Festival will feature a unique staging of Mascagni's Iris. In keeping with the productions script, Ms. Sonya Yoncheva will sing the opera, at one point, completely nude.
Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva will be releasing her debut album "Paris, Mon Amour" as a Sony Classical exclusive artist Jan. 13. Yoncheva’s success comes as no surprise to those who have been following her career. In 2013, she debuted as Gilda in Verdi’s "Rigoletto" at the Metropolitan Opera and received a standing ovation. "The New York Times" has hailed the 32-year-old as “an artist on the brink of a major career.” Her success at the Met led to rising fame, with Yoncheva performing in opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe. But her performances in France have had the largest impact on her and inspired her first album "Paris, Mon Amour." But it was not only her travels that inspired her. Yoncheva, who was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, completed her vocal training as a student at Geneva’s Conservatoire de Musique. The school immersed her in a French-speaking environment.
Recently, the Metropolitan Opera has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Be it pre-season labor disputes with the man Peter Gelb, opening night unrest care of Leon Klinghoffer and Rudy Guiliani or just a simple technical glitch during the broadcast at your local cinema, what's been lost as of late is a lot. Such controversies, however inflated, do obscure the institution's real mission statement. First and perhaps foremost, is the fact that the Met remains this country's most enduring repertory company. For every Klinghoffer or Iolanta premiere in 2014-15, there are as many, if not more, reheated Aidas and prefab Meistersingers. Come the holidays, highly touted new productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and The Merry Widow will run alongside evergreen faire like Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Hansel and Gretel. And, let's be honest, it is the latter, lighter of these programming options that the casual opera-goer is wont to experience there at Lincoln Center. In fact, Mr. Gelb is banking on it.
The Metropolitan Opera has come back from a lot this year: a financial meltdown and a controversial staging of John Adams masterpiece The Death of Klinghoffer. Now, the latest program is a brilliant rendition of Puccini's classic La Bohème, which begins Friday, November 14.