ALEXANDRINA PENDATCHANSKA was born in Sofia in a notable musical family. Her mother was the internationally renowned soprano Valerie Popova, and her grandfather was the great Bulgarian conductor and violinist Sasha Popov. Alexandrina started playing the piano at the age of 5 and graduated from the Lyubomir Pipkov National School of Music majoring in piano and vocal singing performance. Alexandrina’s mother was her vocal instructor. In 1987, a barely 17-year-old Alexandrina made her debut as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, and two years later won the Antonin Dvořák competition of Karlovy Vary, the Bilbao International Singing Competition and the UNISA Competition in Pretoria. At nineteen, she made her debut in Bilbao in the role of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Alexandrina Pendatchanska quickly established herself on opera stages internationally and has become a frequent guest to the major opera houses in the world: Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Berlin State Opera, German Opera Berlin, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Theatre La Monnaie Brussels, Boshoi Theatre Moscow, Teatro San Carlo Naples, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris, Lincoln Center New York, Opera Houston, Santa Fé Opera as well as Washington Opera. Her extensive repertoire spans a wide range of music from Baroque operas by Monteverdi and Handel over Belcanto and Verdi up to the dramatic roles of Wagner and Strauss. It comprises parts such as AGRIPPINA, Fiordiligi/COSI FAN TUTTE, Helene/LES VESPRES SICILIENNES, Eboli/DON CARLO, CARMEN, Donna Anna & Donna Elvira/DON GIOVANNI, Elettra/IDOMENEO, Vitellia/LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, Elisabetta/MARIA STUARDA, Chrysothemis/ELEKTRA, SALOME, Kundry/PARSIFAL, Amelia/UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Lady Macbeth/MACBETH, Leonore/FIDELIO and Margherita in Boito´s MEFISTOFELE. In 2017, she made her debut as Lady Macbeth/MACBETH in Avignon and sang the Contessa in Tel Aviv under Dan Ettinger, and as Tosca in her native Sofia. Her debut as Santuzza/CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA at La Monnaie Bruxelles in the spring of 2018 was a huge success.
Apart from her busy operatic calendar, Alex Penda sang Verdi’s MESSA DA REQUIEM, Rossini’s STABAT MATER and PETITE MESSE SOLENELLE, Beethoven’s IX Symphony and Honnegger’s LE ROI DABID. She collaborated with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, L’Orchestra Sinfonica della Rai, Philadelphia Orchestra, L’Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Russian National Orchestra, ORF Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rom, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Köln, Ensemble Matheus, Complesso Barocco and Academy for Old Music. Pendatchanska has sung under the baton of Riccardo Chailly, Myun-Wyun Chung, Charles Dutoit, Jesus Lopos-Cobos, Bruno Bartoletti, Carlo Rizzi, Ivor Bolton, Daniel Oren, René Jacobs, Vladimir Jurowski, Mark Minkowsky and has been part of some outstanding productions of directors such as Sir Jonathan Miller, Hans Neuenfels, Christof Loy and Dmitri Tcherniakov. The singer’s current and upcoming engagements include: Elisabetta/DON CARLO at Theater St. Gallen, Lady Macbeth/MACBETH in Limoges, Reims and Massy as well as more performances of TOSCA, of Giorgetta/TABARRO and SALOME.