BIO

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, recording available through Linn Records) and Mozart's The Magic Flute (First Lady) with Boston Baroque; appearances with the Handel and Haydn Society in Bach's St. John Passion (soprano soloist), Purcell’s King Arthur (Cupid) and Handel's Samson (Israelite Woman); Handel's Acis and Galatea with the Blue Hill Bach Festival (Galatea); 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 curated Dickinson After 2000 (with Seattle Opera regular Eric Neuville), a program featuring all 21st century settings of Emily Dickinson's poetry that was named the #3 Best Arts Event in Austin, TX 2015 and was nominated for 4 Austin Critic's Table Awards (www.moderndickinson.com). She 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, 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 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 include performances with BeatSong, her recital project with percussionist Jonathan Hess, featuring world premieres by Matthew Peterson (ASCAP Nissim Prize winner, 2013), and Emmy award-winning composer Kareen 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, and Boston Baroque. Upcoming highlights include Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the Boston Philharmonic (soprano soloist), and the Lorelei Ensemble's appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall.

 

2016-2017 Calendar

 
September 20th & 22nd Handel and Haydn Society Soloist and Chorus, Bach Magnificat
October 1st & 2nd  Lorelei Ensemble  "Part and Parcel" (Soloist: Berio Sequenza iii)
October 15th  Soloist with Matt Alber and MGSH  Soloist
October 16th Oratory Bach, MN Soloist and Ensemble
October 23rd Calliope's Call  Soloist and curater, In Her Words 
October 30th  Back Bay Chorale  Beethoven Mass in C, Soloist 
November 2nd Handel and Haydn Society King's Chapel Series, Soloist and Ensemble
November 5th  Lorelei Ensemble Hartt School tour performance
November 25th - 27th Handel and Haydn Society Handel Messiah
December 1st - 11th Conspirare Christmas at the Carillon, Ensemble
December 17th - 18th Trinity Church, Copley Square Candlelight Carols
December 22nd Lorelei Ensemble Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
January 27th - February 5th Conspirare Considering Matthew Shepard, PBS filming and Boston Symphony Hall performance 
February 9th - 11th  Boston Symphony Orchestra and Lorelei Ensemble George Benjamin Dream of the Song, Boston Symphony Hall 
March 3rd Boston Symphony Orchestra and Lorelei Ensemble George Benjamin Dream of the Song, Carnegie Hall 
March 4th  Metropolitan Chorale Handel Dixit Dominus, Soloist 
March 14th & 18th Albany, NY Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Soloist
March 20th  Metropolitan Concert Productions Rutter Gloria, Solist; Carnegie Hall 
April 7th - 9th  Handel and Haydn Society Monteverdi Vespers, Soloist and Ensemble; Boston Jordan Hall and Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
April 14th  Boston Philharmonic Mahler Symphony No. 2, Soloist 
April 22nd Lorelei Ensemble Pennsylvania Girls Chorus tour performance and workshop
April 28th Blue Heron Peterhouse Series
April 30th Dedham Choral Society Annelies, Soloist
May 5th and 7th Handel and Haydn Society Semele, Ensemble
May 21st Chorus of Westerly Bach B Minor Mass, Soloist
June 10th - 11th Lorelei Ensemble Witness
June 18th Handel and Haydn Society Purcell The Fairy Queen, Soloist and Ensemble
July 6th - 17th Chorus of Westerly Bach B Minor Mass, Soloist (Germany tour)

Past Notable Solo Performances, 2008-2016

February 2016 Handel and Haydn Society Bach St. John Passion (soprano soloist)
March 2016 Shirish Korde and members of Silk Road Ensemble Korde Questions for the Moon (world premiere, soloist)
April 2016 Boston Baroque Mozart The Magic Flute (First Lady)
June 2016 Solo recording (coming soon) Mark Pevsner The Seasons (world premiere song cycle)
October 2015 Boston Baroque Vivaldi Juditha Triumphans (Abra and Ozias)
September 2015 Conspirare "The Poet Sings" Recital Series Curator/Artist of Emily Dickinson program (with Eric Neuville, tenor and Michelle Schumann, piano) See www.moderndickinson.com
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; recoreded with BMOP/sound)
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; recorded with Linn Records)
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 (recoreded with BMOP/sound)
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)

    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)

VIDEO CLIPS

  • Conspirare’s Sonja DuToit Tengblad performs "Good morning, Midnight"


    "Lullaby (Mary’s Song)" from Pieta by John Muehleisen
    Video courtesy St. Olaf College. Used by permission.

  • 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 L'Opéra - Revue québécoise d'art lyrique (Montreal)
    "In the arias, each of the eight singers defended with conviction those that they had been trusted with, but the soprano Sonja DuToit Tengblad distinguished herself by a purity of timbre, a perfection in singing, and an angelic presence on stage that enthralled more that one in the audience."

    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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