The Verdi Album

Following recordings of French arias and Handel, Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva gives us a superb album of some of the roles for which she’s justly acclaimed and others she’s less known for.

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For her third solo album for Sony Classical, the Operalia-winning soprano, Yoncheva turns her attention to the work of a composer for whom many feel she has always had a special affinity: Giuseppe Verdi. As a singer, Sonya Yoncheva has buckets of personality and the imagination to characterize these very different women, often in extremis, with enormous flair. Her technique is impressive and her vocal acting is hugely stylish. Elisabeth (Don Carlo), Leonora (Il trovatore), Desdemona (Otello), and Amelia (Simon Boccanegra) are joined by the less-often-encountered Luisa Miller, Odabella (Attila), and Lina (Stiffelio)—all living, breathing creations thanks to Yoncheva’s impressive artistry.

“Massimo Zanetti conducts with finesse in most of the album emphasizing the string sections and allowing Yoncheva to showcase her voice.” – OperaWire