16 June 2017

Sonya Yoncheva to Replace Kristine Opolais in Premiere Performances of Metropolitan Opera's New Tosca 

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THE METROPOLITAN OPERA announced today that soprano Sonya Yoncheva has been tapped to sing the title role in next season's premiere performances of the company’s new production of Tosca. Yoncheva replaces Kristine Opolais, who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons.

Yoncheva, who opened the Met’s 2015-16 season as Desdemona in the company’s production of Otello, will make her role debut as Puccini’s heroine when the production premieres on New Year's Eve. Directed by David McVicar and conducted by Andris Nelsons, the Met’s new Tosca will also star Vittorio Grigolo as Cavaradossi and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia in the first run of performances, from December 31 through January 27; the January 27 matinee performance will be transmitted to movie theaters worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD series. In April, McVicar's production returns to the Met stage with Anna Netrebko in the title role, Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and Michael Volle as Scarpia. 

Yoncheva had previously been slated to sing the role of Marguerite in January 2018 performances of Gounod’s Faust in Vienna, but the Vienna State Opera released the soprano from that runs of shows in what the Austrian company described today as a “an act of solidarity and collegiality to the Metropolitan Opera.” Yoncheva will return to the Vienna State Opera as Tosca during that company’s 2019-20 season. 

A native of Bulgaria, Yoncheva made her Met debut in 2013 as Gilda in performances of Rigoletto, and has since returned to the company for acclaimed performances as Mìmi and Violetta. Next season, in addition to taking on the title role in Tosca, she will again sing Mimì as well as Luisa in Met performances of Verdi’s Luisa Miller. Those performances of La Bohème and Luisa Miller will also be featured as part of the company's Live in HD series, making Yoncheva the first artist to take on three principal roles in HD transmissions over the course of a single season. 

Yoncheva had originally been scheduled to sing the role of the Countess in Met performances of Le Nozze di Figaro scheduled to run from December 29 through January 13. She will be replaced in that role by soprano Ailyn Pérez, who last season at the Met sang the role of Mimì in performances of La Bohèmespacer 

More information can be found at The Metropolitan Opera

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