BIO

sonja tengbladPraised 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 solo highlights include Purcell’s King Arthur (Cupid) and Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Handel and Haydn Society, Knussen’s Symphony No. 2 with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro as Susanna, Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with the National Lutheran Choir, as well as her Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center debuts, both with the New York City Chamber Orchestra.  

A lover of new music, Ms. Tengblad has premiered many works and roles. She recently performed in the Boston premiere of Kati Agocs' Vessel for three solo voices and chamber ensemble with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (recording released this upcoming fall), and joined BMOP again last spring for Oliver Knussen's Symphony No. 2 for high soprano. She also premiered the role of Maria in Diego Luzuriaga's El Niño de los Andes with VocalEssence of Minnesota, and was the soprano soloist for the American premiere of Siegfried Matthus' Te Deum at the American Guild of Organists' National Convention in 2008, as well as for the world premiere of Carol Barnett's The World Beloved, A Bluegrass Mass (available through Clarion recordings).  A highlight for Ms. Tengblad was appearing in a concert celebrating the 80th birthday of composer Dominic Argento where the Minnesota Star Tribune reported her to have given "the most affective performance of the evening".

An active ensemble singer, Ms. Tengblad performs with the 5-time Grammy-nominated ensemble Conspirare out of Austin, Texas; the Yale Choral Artists, the Oregon Bach Festival; Vox Humana out of Dallas, Texas; and Boston’s Blue Heron, Emmanuel Music, the Lorelei Ensemble, and the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus. 

2013-2014 Calendar

 
September 27th-29th Conspirare Bach Series (Ensemble)
October 3rd-27th Blue Heron Peterhouse (Ensemble)
November 16th Boston Modern Orchestra Project Thomson Four Saints in Three Acts (St. Celeste & Opera Chorus)
November 22nd-24th Lorelei Ensemble (Ensemble & Soloist) 
November / December 29th-1st Handel and Haydn Society Handel Messiah (Chorus)
December 5th - 9th Conspirare Carillon Christmas (Ensemble)
December 19th & 22nd Handel and Haydn Society "A Bach Christmas"
January 18th & 19th Emmanuel Music Sondheim's A Little Night Music (Mrs. Nordstrom)
January 24th-26th Conspirare Talbot's Path of Miracles (Ensemble)
February 7th & 8th Yale Choral Artists Mozart Missa in c (Soloist & Ensemble)
February 12th -15th Lorelei Ensemble Macalester College residency (MN)
February 14th Lorelei Ensemble Schubert Club performance 
February 21st & 23rd Handel and Haydn Society Vivaldi Gloria (Soloist & Chorus)
March 8th Lorelei Ensemble  Chorus of Westerly Concert Series
March 14th & 16th Handel and Haydn Society "Bach and Byrd"(Ensemble)
March 21st Boston Cecilia  Bach B Minor Mass (Soloist)
March 24th New York City Chamber Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Mozart Exultate Jubilate, Haydn St. Nicholas Mass (Soloist)
March 29th Symphony New Hampshire Faure Requiem (Soloist)
April 5th Providence, RI Bach Cantata 202
April 11th-13th Blue Heron Peterhouse concerts, The Cloisters (NY)
April 27th Dedham Choral Society Haydn Mass in Time of War and Mozart Requiem (Soloist)
May 2nd & 4th Handel and Haydn Society Handel Samson (Chorus)
May 3rd Jameson Singers Bach and Brahms (Soloist)
May 18th Chorus of Westerly Dvorak Stabat Mater (Soloist)
June 13th & 14th Conspirare Passion Festival
June 25th & 26th Blue Heron American Guild of Organists National Convention performances (Ensemble)
July 12th-22nd Chorus of Westerly (Prague, Vienna & Budapest tour) Dvorak Stabat Mater (Soloist)
July 24th-26th Blue Hill Bach Festival (Blue Hill, Maine) Handel Acis and Galatea (Galatea)

Past Notable Solo Performances, 2008-2013

May 2013 Chorus of Westerly Mozart Requiem 
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 
May 2012 Danbury Chorus (CT) Faure Requiem and Poulenc Gloria 
November 2011 Boston Modern Orchestra Project Kati Agocs Vessel (Trio) *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

AUDIO CLIPS

  • St. Matthew Passion, Bach (recit)

  • St. Matthew Passion, Bach (aria)

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

    "The evening closed with a superb performance of Knussen's 1971 Symphony No. 2, premiered when he was 19, already showing full modernist assurance. Poems by Georg Trakl and Sylvia Plath (sung by soprano Sonja Tengblad, her voice floating through the texture like an elegantly exacting ghost) trace a long, expressionistically uneasy night; the music teems and broods, motion often seemingly compressed into vertical layers of counterpoint."
  • 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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  • Photos by Natalie Finazzo Fox, Kate McElwee & Leah Haydock