Met Opera applauds Sonya Yoncheva
13 May, 2017
On 16 September 1966, the Metropolitan Opera opened its doors for the first time in a new home at Lincoln Center, with the world premiere of Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra. Half a century later, the opera institution celebrated its golden anniversary with a gala on 7 May featuring some of opera’s brightest stars such as Placido Domingo, Diana Damrau, Renee Fleming, Juan Diego Florez, Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca, Yusif Eyvazov, etc. Among them was also Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, a truly once-in-a-lifetime honour for an opera professional.
“The Metropolitan Opera is a special place to me. I have done some of my best roles on this stage. I was honoured to have been selected among the artists invited to participate in the 50th anniversary gala of one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious opera houses. At the end of this year, I am coming back to the Metropolitan with several productions,” said Yoncheva, who performed the aria of Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme and was partnered on stage by Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo. The two earned enthusiastic applause from the audience.