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 Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Boston Baroque (as La Fortuna and Giunone), Handel's Acis and Galatea with the Blue Hill Bach Festival (Galatea), appearances with the Handel and Haydn Society in Purcell’s King Arthur (Cupid) and Handel's Samson (Israelite Woman), 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". The 2015-2016 season will feature a collaboration with the laudable Shirish Korde ensemble ( 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-winning composer Kareen Roustom. Along with Seattle-based tenor Eric Neuville, she will curate a program featuring all 21st century settings of Emily Dickinson's poetry for Conspirare's The Poet Sings series in Austin, Texas.  

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. Upcoming solo appearances include Mozart's Waisenhausmesse and Bach's St. John Passion with the Handel and Haydn Society, and Vivaldi's Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernis bolbarie (Abra and Ozias) and Mozart's Magic Flute (First Lady) with Boston Baroque.


2015-2016 Calendar

September 11th & 12th Conspirare "The Poet Sings" Recital Series Curator/Artist of Emily Dickinson program (with Eric Neuville, tenor)
October 23rd Boston Baroque Vivaldi Juditha Triumphans (Abra and Ozias)
November 7th and 8th Lorelei Ensemble  "Briddes World" program 
November 21st Handel and Haydn Society Kings Chapel concert series (soloist and ensemble)
December 3rd - 10th Conspirare "Christmas at the Carillon" 
December 17th & 20th Handel and Haydn Society "A Bach Christmas"
December 18th & 19th  Lorelei Ensemble "Of Such Virtue" program
January 5th  Lorelei Ensemble Trinity Wall Street Twelfth Night Festival 
January 10th  Lorelei Ensemble, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum David Lang love fail (premiere of choral version)
January 29th & 30th  Blue Heron with A Far Cry "Devotion" program
February 26th - 28th  Conspirare Johnson Considering Matthew Shepard (world premiere)
March 11th & 13th  Handel and Haydn Society  Bach St. John Passion (Soloist)
March 20th  Lorelei Ensemble The Chamber Music Society of Louisville 
March 31st Shirish Korde Ensemble Even the Women operetta (Soloist) *World premiere
April 15th & 16th  Boston Baroque Mozart The Magic Flute (First Lady)
April 30th - May 1st St. Olaf College & Magnum Chorum Muehleisen Pieta (Soloist)
May 13th - 14th  Lorelei Ensemble with Boston Percussion Group "Masqued" program

Past Notable Solo Performances, 2008-2014

July 2015  Blue Hill Bach Festival  Soloist
June 2015 Lorelei Ensemble Chorus America conference feature
June 2015 Victoria Bach Festival and Conspirare Bach Magnificat (Soloist)
March 2015 Handel and Haydn Society Vivaldi cantata Nulla in mundo pax sincera (Soloist and concert ensemble)
February 2015  Handel and Haydn Society Mozart Waisenhausmesse (Soloist)
January 2015  Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Lorelei Ensemble The Debrecen Passion, world premiere by Kati Agocs (written for Lorelei and BMOP, Soloist and Ensemble)
December 2014 New Bedford Symphony Handel Messiah (Soloist)
December 2014 Handel and Haydn Society Scarlatti cantata Pastorale per la Nativita di Nostro
Signore Gesu Cristo
 (Soloist and concert ensemble)
July 2014  Blue Hill Bach Festival (Blue Hill, Maine) Handel Acis and Galatea (Galatea)
May & June 2014 Chorus of Westerly (Prague, Vienna & Budapest tour) Dvorak Stabat Mater (Soloist)
May 2014 Handel and Haydn Society Handel Samson (Israelite Woman & Chorus)
April 2014 Boston Baroque Monteverdi Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (La Fortuna & Giunone)
January 2014 Emmanuel Music Sondheim's A Little Night Music (Mrs. Nordstrom)
November 2013 Boston Modern Orchestra Project Thomson Four Saints in Three Acts (St. Celeste & Opera Chorus)
April 2013 Boston Modern Orchestra Project Oliver Knussen Symphony No. 2 for Orchestra and High Soprano 
March 2013 New York City Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Center Poulenc Gloria
January 2013 Handel and Haydn Society Purcell King Arthur (Cupid) & Indian Queen, Masque of Hymen (Married Couple)
December 2012 & 2011 Handel and Haydn Society Bach Christmas Oratorio 
July 2012 Oregon Bach Festival Johnson This House of Peace 
November 2011 Boston Modern Orchestra Project Kati Agocs Vessel (Soprano 1) *American premiere
November 2011 National Lutheran Choir Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem 
March 2011 Newton Baroque / Exultemus Telemann Harmonischer Göttesdienst Cantatas
March 2011 New York City Chamber Orchestra, Carnegie Hall

Rutter Requiem
May 2010 Back Bay Chorale Bach B Minor Mass (2nd soprano)
January 2010 NEC Opera Department Mozart Le Nozza di Figaro (Susanna)
December 2008 VocalEssence Luzuriaga, El Niño de los Andes (Maria) *world premiere
June 2008 VocalEssence Matthus Te Deum *American premiere


  • St. Matthew Passion, Bach (recit)

  • St. Matthew Passion, Bach (aria)

    Brahms "Ihr hapt nun" from Ein Deutsches Requiem

  • Tan Dun "Silk Road" (Jonathan Hess, percussion)

  • Monteverdi Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (La Fortuna: "Prologue" excerpt) Boston Baroque, Linn Records

    Monteverdi Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Guinone aria: "Gran Giove") Boston Baroque, Linn Records

    André Previn "Good morning, Midnight"  from Three Dickinson Songs (Michelle Schumann, pianist)

    Ricky Ian Gordon "How happy is the little stone" from Too Few the Mornings Be (Michelle Schumann, pianist)

  • From the Boston Globe
    "Sonja Tengblad sang with crystalline tone and graceful musicality."

    "Yet the most thoughtful singing came from Sonja DuToit Tengblad, who caressed her words throughout. She was a bright, radiant Abra and then firm and dignified as the Judean governor Ozias." (from October 2015 Boston Baroque Vivaldi Juditha Triumphans performance)

    From The Hub Review 
    "And then there was the stunning Sonja DuToit Tengblad, whose secure, gleaming soprano all but riveted the audience."

    "The lumious Sonja DuToit Tengblad, who by now has emerged as something of a local vocal star, likewise dazzled in a sweet (if not highly individualized) reading of Scarlatti's Christmas Cantata ..."

    From the Boston Classical Review
    "Unfortunately, lights in the hall were too low to follow the text during the performance, but soprano Sonja Tengblad's clear diction helped remedy that. Tengblad's extraordinarily pure tone, with moderate vibrato, was consistent across her wide range, from stratospheric soft high notes to strong low ones, and made a fine timbral match with the orchestra’s prominent woodwinds, especially flutes and horns. Tengblad's performance strove for no big effects, but instead subtly declaimed the texts and helped weave the work's dark atmosphere. (The piece contained few explicit musical images, except when scurrying strings announced the arrival of Trakl's "Rats.") The soprano negotiated Knussen's disjunct vocal line with the kind of pinpoint intonation and consistency of tone that made it, too, seem perfectly natural. At the piece’s end, her flute-like voice gave way to the sound of an actual flute, playing all by itself."

    "That fellow Cupid gets around, warming up even the most icebound places on Earth, as depicted in the "Frost Scene" from Dryden's and Purcell's King Arthur. Soprano Tengblad as the god was animated and bell-toned as she summoned the wintry spirit Cold Genius from under the frozen ground."

    "The standout among the soloists Saturday night was soprano Sonja Tengblad, who teamed up with percussionist Jonathan Hess for Tan Dun's Silk Road  (1989) ... Tengblad's is a multi-textured, crystalline-toned voice especially suited for avant-garde music.  Her singing was clear and expressive across the piece's range of clarion pointillisms, vocal slides, whispers, and hisses."
  • From the Boston Musical Intellegencer
    "The evening's absolute standout was Tengblad who navigated the soprano role of Knussen's Symphony No. 2 (1971) with gentle poise even in the highest reaches of her voice."


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