Berlin calling? Yoncheva breaks into Medea

Berlin calling? Yoncheva breaks into Medea


norman lebrecht

March 16, 2018

The Bulgarian soprano will be the focal point of Barenboim’s Staatsoper next season, singing Cherubini’s heroine for the first time, it was announced yesterday.

The new intendant Matthias Schulz, who succeeds Jurgen Flimm next month, is also keen on having a Baroque mini-season to offset the diva dementia.


  • Olassus says:

    … but no French singer in the cast, and Andrea Breth directing.

    • SUGFERITORE says:

      Elsa Dreisig is half French, and Sonia Yoncheva studied in Geneva and speaks French at home! Is that a good enough percentage of the main roles – 40% that is?

    • clarrieu says:

      If they announce “Medea”, it should be the horrendous 19th century italianized version, with those Lachner recitatives (otherwise it would read “Médée”), so what’s the need of french for this?

  • RW2013 says:

    The Staatsoper used to have an excellent Baroque maxi-season (all of February) until Flimm canned it.

  • martain smith says:

    Proof that no “batons” around know anything about voices in our day and age! (Or are they laughing all the way to the bank?)
    Where are the Serafins, Fürtwänglers, Sinopolis, etc… sad times for opera!

    • Caravaggio says:

      Or the Sawallisches. After today’s Metropolitan Opera live relay of Elektra, you may want to cleanse your ears (as much as a work like Elektra will allow) and soul with this:

      Elektra : Eva Marton
      Chrysothemis : Cheryl Studer
      Klytämnestra : Marjana Lipovšek
      Orest : Bernd Weikl
      Aegisth : Hermann Winkler
      Der Pfleger des Orest : Kurt Moll
      Die Vertraute : Victoria Wheeler
      Die Schleppträgerin : Dorothea Geipel
      Ein junger Diener : Ulrich Ress
      Ein alter Diener : Alfred Kuhn
      Die Aufseherin : Carmen Anhorn
      Erste Magd : Daphne Evangelatos
      Zweite Magd : Shirley Close
      Dritte Magd : Birgit Calm
      Vierte Magd : Julia Faulkner
      Fünfte Magd : Caroline Maria Petrig

      January 1990, Munich, Chor und Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Dirigent: Wolfgang Sawallisch

      They don’t make them like they used to and all that.