Bulgarian soprano makes big impact as Met stand-in

January 20, 2015 5:42 PM

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Looking for a lyric soprano who can parachute into your production at the last minute, sing melodiously and then die movingly? At the Metropolitan Opera these days, they send out for Sonya Yoncheva.

Yoncheva is in New York singing four performances as Violetta, the glamorous courtesan who finds love too late, in Verdi's "La Traviata." It's a role she has sung often — unlike her first two Met assignments, which she had never performed onstage. She debuted in 2013 as Gilda in Verdi's "Rigoletto" ...

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