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Opera Extracts - Released February 3, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released February 2, 2018 | Sony Classical

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For huge fans of Yoncheva, this is a beautiful collection of some of the Verdian soprano's finest moments. Half of the tracks are great hits: Otello and his famous prayer, Don Carlo, Nabucco, Il Trovatore and La forza del destino, the other half being made up of lesser-known works such as Stiffelio, Luisa Miller or Attila. The Bulgarian soprano (note that she was born in 1981, and is already a star at the peak of her career) demonstrates at once the warmth of her voice, an instrument fallen from heaven, with her mezzo tones and the range of her great lyrical voice, but also her bel canto vocal technique which is deployed to great effect in this brilliant repertoire. More purist listeners might have issues with her way of making her attacks "from below" in the Italian style, but that is her stylistic and technical choice, and it is a choice shared by a good proportion of lyrical singers who work with the Italian repertoire. This studio recording was created in 2017. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released February 3, 2017 | Sony Classical

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The young Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, trying to break out from a pack of singers of Eastern European or Russian origin, here takes on one of the black-belt level assignments: an album of Handel arias. The results draw on Yoncheva's previous experience in Baroque repertory (she was a protégée of conductor William Christie) and validate her signing by the major Sony label. Yoncheva has many things going for her, including an ineffable diva quality that serves her well with these substantial Handel heroines. Some of these roles were written for the powerful voice of the castrato (the opening "Se pietà di me non senti" was first sung by the greatest countertenor of the age, Senesino) and Yoncheva's rather metallic voice doesn't yet have that kind of depth. But her voice is growing, and she has something else to offer here: Handel's women call for dramatic intelligence, and Yoncheva has that in spades. Sample her work in the arioso "Pensieri, voi me tormentate" (Thoughts, you torment me), a torrent of panic and resolution from the fine early opera Agrippina, about the mother of Nero. That's one of two selections from Agrippina, and most of the arias are in pairs, giving Yoncheva the chance to inhabit each character a bit. The arias are mostly in Italian; with those in English you can tell that Yoncheva is not a native speaker, but you can't quite pin down her origin. The final "When I am laid in earth," by Henry Purcell, may seem tacked onto a program of Handel, but the long and the short of it is that Yoncheva's deliberate reading draws you into this aria as few of the hundreds of other recordings of it do. The recording benefits from live-wire sympathetic accompaniment from the Academia Montis Regalis under Alessandro De Marchi, and it fulfills one of the original functions of recordings: it makes you want to pay money to see the star live on-stage.
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Classical - Released October 21, 2016 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released October 7, 2016 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 13, 2015 | Sony Classical

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Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva has taken a classic path to the brink of stardom: she made a series of last-minute substitute appearances, at New York's Metropolitan Opera and elsewhere, and ended up stealing the show. She apparently got the attention of Sony Classical, for which this is her first recording. Yoncheva hasn't specialized in French opera thus far, but this is both a good choice for her singing voice, which has an agility that may have come from her Baroque opera training under conductor William Christie, and in terms of doing something unexpected: with a few exceptions these aren't operatic hits. Instead there are French Grand Opera selections, including those by lesser-known figures such as Charles Lecocq and André Messager, along with a few Italian arias from operas set in Paris (except for the one from Puccini's almost-unperformed Le villi, these are the hits from La Traviata and La bohème). Yoncheva has to have both power over long stretches and a certain dose of frail sentiment in the big French pieces, and she succeeds admirably. Another unexpectedly emerging star here is the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana under Frédéric Chaslin. A fine pick for anyone hoping to identify the next generation of opera stars, a striking number of whom seem likely to emerge from Eastern Europe.
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Classical - Released February 27, 2015 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released October 14, 2016 | Sony Classical