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Placido Domingo and Sonya Yoncheva with a concert under the stars in Sofia

A designated website will stream the event, live, worldwide

Placido Domingo and Sonya Yoncheva during rehearsal in "Bulgaria" hall
Photo: Alexander Bogdan Thompson

“Gala in Sofia” – this is the title of the concert by Sonya Yoncheva and Placido Domingo in Sofia today, 31 August. To mark the occasion, an exhibition of photographs opened in the garden in front of the National Theatre building, of Sonya Yoncheva’s performances on the world’s opera stages through the years.

There has been a lot of news about Sonya Yoncheva these past few days. Her managers announced that she had won the “Singer of the year” award of the prestigious “Opus classic 2021” for her album “Rebirth” in English. The official award ceremony will take place on 10 October at the “Konzerthaus” in Berlin. Alongside the classical repertoire, the album “Rebirth” features a popular Bulgarian folk song (Lamb bleating), plus ABBA’s “Like an Angel passing through my room”.

Sonya Yoncheva was made an honorary citizen of the town where she was born – Plovdiv – “for her exceptional contribution in the sphere of opera art and in public life, for her enormous contribution to the development and popularization of culture, the assertion of the national and international prestige of the city of Plovdiv, as well as her commitment and her support to Bulgaria’s young opera talents.”

At the concert on 31 August in front of the St. Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia, the two stars – Sonya Yoncheva and Placido Domingo – will perform arias and duets from famous operas to the accompaniment of the Sofia Philharmonic with conductor Nayden Todorov.  A designated website will stream the event, live, for all music lovers to enjoy.

Editing by Albena Bezovska

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