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 Agocs’ Vessel for three solo voices and chamber ensemble, and Agocs’ 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 2014-2015 season featured 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, premiering works by Adam Simon, 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, 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.