A star was born when soprano Sonya Yoncheva made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Gilda in Rigoletto on November 21, 2013. The audience gave the Bulgarian singer a standing ovation and the New York Times hailed her "sumptuous, penetrating voice" that communicated all the "teeming emotion and sensual yearning" of Verdi's heroine. In the course of Yoncheva's quick rise to fame, French audiences have especially taken to her, and she to them. Her debut album as a Sony Classical exclusive artist, Paris, Mon Amour, reflects that love affair.
Sonya Yoncheva captured first prize in 2010 at the Operalia competition at Milan's La Scala, then began her love affair with France, starring first as Handel's Cleopatra at Versailles and then as Bizet's Leïla at the Opéra Comique. Then she burst on the scene in a really big way in Lucia di Lammermoor, her debut at the Bastille, after which the city of Paris acclaimed her in the 2014 Concert de Paris at the Eiffel Tower, an engagement she'll repeat in 2015.
Her brand-new album Paris, Mon Amour concentrates on French works of the Belle Époque (1871-1914) by famous composers like Jacques Offenbach, Jules Massenet and Charles Gounod along with undeservedly obscure works by Charles Lecocq and André Messager. The CD also includes Italian classics of the period by Verdi (La Traviata) and Puccini (La Bohème).