Famous Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva explores her Spanish heritage

World-famous Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva sings for the first time Zarzuela, a musical theater form of Spanish origin. Discovering her Spanish heritage, the Bulgarian star soprano touched the classics of this art form with her own interpretation at the Zarzuela National Theater in Madrid.

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Sonya Yoncheva:

I have always loved Spain, their mentality and joy of living. That’s why I wanted to sing Zarzuela

Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva explores her Spanish heritage with her first concert dedicated to Zarzuela at the Zarzuela National Theater in Madrid.

Sonya Yoncheva:

I’ve always been fascinated by comedy, heart-wrenching love stories, and also the sentimentality that this music radiates.

Madrid was once a thriving creative hub for Zarzuela. Modeled after the opening of Milan’s La Scala in 1856, this theater is also its center.

Miquel Ortego:

Zarzuela in Spain is a lyrical genre

Zarzuela, also often called Spanish operetta, is a combination of song, prose and dance.

Miquel Ortego:

Zarzuela is very old, its history dates back to almost 1650. After that, there was a very interesting period at the beginning of the 20th century, when you can find real masterpieces

Sonya Yoncheva:

This is my favourite: La Marchenera. I find this very emotional. The most delicate and silky way to describe the mood of a girl in love. I love countries that stand for their authenticity, and Spain does that. I’ve always been curious and open to any other type of music. I allow myself to travel in other musical worlds and I love it. That’s the freedom I choose as an artist.”

Zarzuela is a form of musical theater of Spanish origin in which dramatic action is performed with an alternative combination of song and speech.

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