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; Grammy-nominated recording with Linn Records) and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (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 Modern Dickinson (with Seattle Opera regular Eric Neuville and Austin Chamber Music director Michelle Schumann), 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 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, and Boston Baroque. Upcoming highlights include the Lorelei Ensemble's appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall, and solo engagements such as Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the Boston Philharmonic, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Landmarks Orchestra, and Porpora's Calcante ed Achille with A Far Cry (Bastienne).