Great Performances at the Met (Season 15)

Great Performances at the Met: Sonya Yoncheva in Concert

Air date: 09/03/2021

Great Performances at the Met: Sonya Yoncheva in Concert

Premieres beginning Friday, September 3 on PBS
New York metro area premiere is Sunday, September 5 at 12 p.m. on THIRTEEN

Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva performs in this special concert from the Baroque Library in Schussenried Cloister in southwest Germany accompanied by Julien Quentin on piano. The program, recorded in February, includes arias from Verdi’s “Aida” and “Il Trovatore;” Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” “La Bohème,” and the rarely performed “Le Villi.”

Short listing:
Enjoy the talent of the Bulgarian soprano as she performs arias by Puccini and more from Germany.

Long listing:
Enjoy the talent of Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva as she performs arias by Verdi, Puccini and more from the Baroque Library in Schussenried Cloister in southwest Germany accompanied by Julien Quentin on piano.

Musical selections:
“Ritorna vincitor!” from “Aida”
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni

“Donde lieta uscì” from “La Bohème”
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and
Luigi Illica, based on the novel “Scènes de la Vie de Bohème” by Henri Murger

Song to the Moon from “Rusalka”
Music by Antonín Dvořák
Libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil, based on the fairy tale “Undine” by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué
Published by Editio Supraphon/Baerenreiter Praha

“Se come voi piccina io fossi” from “Le Villi”
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Ferdinando Fontana, based on the short story Les Willis by Alphonse Karr

“Lascia ch’io pianga mia cruda sorte” from “Rinaldo”
Music by George Frideric Handel
Libretto by Giacomo Rossi, based on an outline by Aaron Hill after the epic poem

“Gerusalemme Liberata” by Torquato Tasso
Edited by Willi Draths
Published by Schott Music GmbH & Co. KG, Mainz, Germany

“Un bel dì” from “Madama Butterfly”
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, based on the play by David Belasco

“Ah! je suis seule … Dis-moi que je suis belle” from “Thaïs”
Music by Jules Massenet
Libretto by Louis Gallet, based on the novel by Anatole France

“Adieu, notre petite table” from “Manon”
Music by Jules Massenet
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille,
based on the novel “L’Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut”
by Abbé Antoine-François Prévost

“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” from “Carmen”
Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy,
based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée

“Hymne à l’amour”
By Marguerite Monnot and Édith Piaf (both SACEM)
Courtesy Raoul Breton Editions (SACEM) and Pompidou Music (ASCAP)

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Julien Quentin on piano with Sonya Yoncheva. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.

Sonya Yoncheva. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.

Julien Quentin on piano with Sonya Yoncheva. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.

Sonya Yoncheva. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.

Sonya Yoncheva on camera with filmmakers. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.

Julien Quentin on piano with Sonya Yoncheva. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.