Yoncheva triumphant at prestigious opera awards

Sonya Yoncheva

Renowned Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva was honoured at Opera Magazine's prestigious International Opera Awards, recently presented in London. Yoncheva won the Readers' Award following a nearly two-month voting process.

She beat out competition from seven other singers - Ildar Abdrazakov (Russia); mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly (UK); the up-and-coming American Michael Fabiano, with whom Sonya shared the stage in a production of La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera during the 2017/2018 season; Grammy-nominated Italian Vittorio Grigolo; the winner of four Echo Awards and a Grammy Thomas Hampson; Canadian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan; and the winner of a Latin Grammy Ana Maria Martinez (Puerto Rico).

Virtuoso violinist Vasko Vassilev also took one of the event's prizes. Before the guests gathered at the red carpet in London's Sadler's Wells, he received the prize for best opera orchestra in his capacity as concertmaster of the Royal Opera House.

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