Praised by The Boston Globe for her “crystalline tone and graceful musicality”, recent highlights for soprano Sonja DuToit Tengblad include Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Boston Philharmonic, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra; Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernis barbarie (Abra and Ozias), Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (La Fortuna, Giunone; Grammy-nominated recording with Linn Records) and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (First Lady) with Boston Baroque; Bach’s St. John Passion and Purcell’s Fairy Queen (2nd Fairy, Juno) with the Handel and Haydn Society; Porpora’s Calcante ed Achille (Achille) with A Far Cry, Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Galatea) with the Blue Hill Bach Festival; Francesca Caccini’s Alcina with the Boston Early Music Festival; Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Philharmonic; guest appearances with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus and Minnesota’s Oratory Bach; numerous works and recordings 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, tenor, and Austin Chamber Music Festival’s artistic director Michelle Schumann, piano), a touring program featuring all 21st century settings of Emily Dickinson’s poetry that was named the #3 Best Arts Event in Austin, Texas 2015 and nominated for four Austin Critic’s Table Awards. She has premiered and recorded two works 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”. This season includes performances with Beat Song – her recital project with percussionist Jonathan Hess – featuring world premieres by Emmy award-winning composer Kareem Roustom and ASCAP Nissim Prize winner Matthew Peterson, and with Calliope’s Call, an art song organization with which she co-curated the In Her Words series that features female composers setting poems by female poets.
Ms. Tengblad performs with the Grammy-winning ensemble Conspirare out of Austin, Texas; and Boston’s Blue Heron and the Lorelei Ensemble which enjoyed their debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2017. Upcoming highlights include Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Drusilla, Fortuna), Handel’s Jeptha (Angel) and Ariodante (Dalinda) with Boston Baroque, Monteverdi’s Dido and Aeneas (2nd Woman) with the Handel and Haydn Society, national tours of Considering Matthew Shepard with Conspirare, as well as Puccini’s Suor Angelica (Sister Dolcina) with the Lorelei Ensemble and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In 2019, Ms. Tengblad founded Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that pledge a portion of their concert fees to organizations they care about. With every performance she supports 350.org (climate change) and Better Angels, an institution that cultivates effective bipartisan conversation.