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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: Sonya Yoncheva In Concert

Julien Quentin on piano with Sonya Yoncheva
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera
Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva (right) performs in this special concert from the Baroque Library in Schussenried Cloister in southwest Germany accompanied by Julien Quentin on piano (left).

Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 at 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. on KPBS 2 (Not available on demand)

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.”

Sonya Yoncheva in Concert: Preview

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 and 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)
Sonya Yoncheva Sings “Hymne à l’amour.”

This concert is not currently available to watch on demand.

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Credits:

A presentation of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of classical music fans across the United States. For the Met, Gary Halvorson directs each program. Mia Bongiovanni is supervising producer, and Louisa Briccetti, Matt Dobkin, and Victoria Warivonchik are producers. Peter Gelb is executive producer. For GREAT PERFORMANCES, Bill O’Donnell is series per; David Horn is executive producer.