At the 69th Ljubljana Festival, soprano Sonya Yoncheva and tenor Branko Robinšak will treat the audience to a selection of opera arias in Ljubljana’s Congress Square on 27 July (concert starts 9.00 p.m.).They will be appearing with the Orchestra of the Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana under Italian conductor Francesco Ivan Ciampa.
Sonya Yoncheva, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise to become one of today’s biggest opera stars, comes to Slovenia for the first time. Following a series of spectacular debuts, she now appears regularly at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and many of the world’s leading opera houses and is one of the most sought-after singers of her generation, internationally acclaimed for performances in some of opera’s most iconic roles. The winner of numerous music competitions in past years, including, in 2010, the Operalia competition for young opera singers founded by Plácido Domingo, she made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta the year before last. Her stunning performances in Verdi’s La traviata have led critics to proclaim her the finest Violetta since Maria Callas. The possessor of a thrilling voice, she is also known for her charitable activities. Last year, for example, she teamed up with Swiss luxury watchmaker Rolex for a series of concert events designed to raise money for musicians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tenor Branko Robinšak, a principal of the Slovene National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, has enjoyed a rich career marked by numerous notable concert performances and operatic roles and appearances in opera houses and concert halls around the world. In 2011 he received a Prešeren Fund Prize in recognition of his work.
Tickets for selected events of the 69th Ljubljana Festival are available for purchase online at ljubljanafestival.si or at the Križanke box office, service stations of the Petrol Group and other Eventim ticket outlets. Ljubljana Festival Club members are entitled to a 20% discount during the presale period and a 10% discount after tickets go on general sale. To become a member of the Club, visit the ljubljanafestival.si website – everyone is welcome.