Petya-Dora Petrova

Petya Petrova was born in Sofia. She graduated from the Music Academy in the class of Assoc. Prof. Ivanka Ninova. She continues to specialize with Alexandrina Milcheva and Bayasgalan Dashnyam. She made her debut on the stage of the Sofia Opera in the role of Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. She has won the first prizes at the Boris Hristov International Competition in Sofia, “Sylvia Gesti” in Luxembourg, “Francesc Viñas” in Barcelona, “Talents and Masters” in Dobrich. So far she has been the only winner of the evening  and a finalist representing Bulgaria simultaneously at the Singer of the World competition in Cardiff. She continued his vocal development with singers such as Rockwell Blake, Montserrat Caballé, Dolora Zajik and Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz.

Her repertoire includes roles by Belcanto composers Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti. Such are Rosina from The Barber of Seville, Cinderella from the eponymous opera, Ernestina from The Strange Misunderstanding, Adalgisa from Norma, Aniese from Beatrice di Tenda, Sarah from Roberto Devereux, Smeton from Anna Bolena. A special place is played by “transvestite parts” such as Cherubino from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Sesto from Handel’s Julius Caesar and Nicklaus from Offenbach’s Hoffmann’s Tales, and Hansel from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. She also stars as Maddalena in Rigoletto and Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff and Suzuki in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

She has been a soloist at theaters in Hamburg, Munich and Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao, A Coruña, Santiago de Chile and Covent Garden in London. She has sang under the direction of Maurizio Benini, Alberto Zedda, Friedrich Haider, Bruno Campanella, Frederic Chaslin, etc. She recorded with Edita Gruberova, Kurt Moll and Adrianne Pieczonka an integral edition of Strauss’s songs for Nightingale and Rossini’s The Strange Misunderstanding for Naxos. Her recent engagements in Bulgaria include Cinderella (Rossini), Hansel (Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”) and Olga (from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”) at the Sofia Opera and recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio.

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