Sonja Tengblad, soprano
Commended by the Boston Globe for her "crystalline tone and graceful musicality", soprano Sonja DuToit Tengblad is a versatile performer with credits spanning the Renaissance era through the most current composers of our time. Recent highlights include Vivaldi's Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernis bolbarie (Abra and Ozias), Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (La Fortuna and Giunone), and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (First Lady) with Boston Baroque; Handel's Acis and Galatea with the Blue Hill Bach Festival (Galatea); Mozart's Waisenhausmesse and Bach's St. John Passion (soprano soloist), Purcell’s King Arthur (Cupid) and Handel's Samson (Israelite Woman), with the Handel and Haydn Society; Knussen’s Symphony No. 2 for high soprano with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and her Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center debuts, both with the New York City Chamber Orchestra. She was awarded 2nd place in the 2014 American Prize competition's art song and oratorio division.
A champion of new music, Ms. Tengblad has premiered many roles and works including the Boston premiere of Kati Agócs' Vessel for three solo voices and chamber ensemble, and Agócs' world premiere of The Debrecen Passion (written for the Lorelei Ensemble) for which she was a featured soloist, both performed and recorded with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. She created the role of Maria in Diego Luzuriaga's El Niño de los Andes with VocalEssence of Minnesota. A highlight for Ms. Tengblad was appearing in a concert celebrating the 80th birthday of composer Dominic Argento (in attendance) for which the Minnesota Star Tribune reported her to have given "the most affective performance of the evening", as well as the recital she curated with Seattle-based tenor Eric Neuville of all 21st century settings of Emily Dickinson's poetry for Conspirare's season opener in 2015, an event the Austin Chronicle published as the #3 arts event in Austin that year. 2015-2016 season will feature a collaboration with the laudable Shirish Korde ensemble (www.shirishkorde.com) on a multimedia operetta depicting the experiences of female war veterans, and the continuation of her recital project with percussionist Jonathan Hess that will premiere works by Adam Simon, Matthew Peterson (ASCAP Nissim Prize winner, 2013), and Emmy-award composer Kareem Roustom.
Ms. Tengblad performs with the Grammy-winning ensemble Conspirare out of Austin, Texas; the Yale Choral Artists, and Boston’s Blue Heron, Lorelei Ensemble, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and Emmanuel Music.