Sonja Tengblad, soprano
Recent highlights include Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Boston Philharmonic, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra; appearances with Boston Baroque in Vivaldi's Juditha triumphans (Abra and Ozias), Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (La Fortuna and Giunone; Grammy-nominated recording with Linn Records) and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (First Lady); appearances with the Handel and Haydn Society in Bach's St. John Passion and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (2nd Woman) and Fairy Queen (2nd Fairy); Porpora’s Calcante ed Achille with A Far Cry, Handel's Acis and Galatea with the Blue Hill Bach Festival (Galatea); Caccini’s Alcina with the Boston Early Music Festival, guest appearances with the Boston Gay Men's Chorus and Minnesota's Oratory Bach; Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and her Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center debuts, both with the New York City Chamber Orchestra.
A champion of new music, Ms. Tengblad curated the award-winning program Modern Dickinson featuring all 21st century settings of Emily Dickinson's poetry. She has appeared with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project on three occasions (two premieres), and in 2015 premiered Shirish Korde's Questions for the Moon with members of the Silk Road Ensemble. A highlight for Ms. Tengblad was appearing in a concert celebrating composer Dominic Argento (in attendance) for which the Minnesota Star Tribune reported her to have given "the most affective performance of the evening". This season includes performances with her soprano/percussion duo BeatSong featuring world premieres by Emmy award-winning composer Kareem Roustom, as well as national tours of Considering Matthew Shepard with the Grammy-award winning ensemble Conspirare.
Ms. Tengblad founded Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donates a portion of their concert fee to organizations they care about. She is supporting 350.org (climate change) and Better Angels, an institution that cultivates bipartisan conversations nationwide, through her performances. www.sonjatengblad.com.