Daniela Dimova, soprano
Daniela Dimova graduated in opera singing from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1990, after studying under Prof. Resa Koleva. In 1991 she specialized at the Boris Christoff Academy of Arts in Rome, and in 1993 in the opera singing class of Prof. Margarita Lilova. In 1998 she studied Italian bel canto under Prof. Ida Farina in Milan, Italy. She made her stage debut at the Rousse Opera Theater in 1990, and was soloist of the Varna Opera from 1991 to 2009.
In December 2009, after winning a competition, she assumed the post of Director of the Opera and Philharmonic Society – Varna. In December 2010 she also won a competition for Director of a new
organizational structure, Theatre and Music production center, Varna, uniting the Varna State Opera and the Stoyan Bachvarov Theater.
The artistic resume of Daniela Dimova includes over 25 solo soprano parts from operas by Purcell, Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Johann Strauss, and others, as well as an extensive repertoire of cantatas, oratorios, chamber pieces and solo songs by Bach, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Mozart, Schubert, Rossini, Verdi, Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Carl Orff, Benjamin Britten, etc.
She has participated on numerous occasions in almost all Bulgarian opera and music festivals: Varna Summer, Sofia Music Weeks, European Music Festival, performing both opera and cantata-oratorio and chamber works from the Renaissance to contemporary pieces.
She has graced a number of European and world stages: Auditorio de Madrid, Teatro Principal di Alicante, Sevilla International Music Festival, Gran Teatro Manuel de Falla in Cadiz, Teatro San Carlo in Lisbon, the Antwerp Opera House, Palais des beaux arts in Brussels, the Vevey Opera House, the Opera Festival in Avenches, the Toscana Opera Festival, Oslo Konserthus, Wiener Konzerthaus, Cairo National Opera, etc. Daniela Dimova has shared the stage with the likes of Ghena Dimitrova, Vesselina Katsarova and Luis Lima. She has sung under the baton of Bulgarian conductors such as Rouslan Raichev, Mihail Angelov, Vassil Kazandzhiev, Yordan Dafov, Ivan Filev, Milen Nachev, Borislav Ivanov, Hristo Ignatov, Stanislav Ushev, as well as Nello Santi, Roland Seifert, Daniel Inbal and Markus Huber, among others.
In January 2007, Daniela Dimova recorded a CD for Gega New with Sephardic songs transcribed by Jules Levy and Arnold Schoenberg’s Brettl-Lieder (Cabaret Songs). In May 2008, with the support of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, she recorded a second CD with Ashkenazi songs arranged by Academician Nikolay Kaufman and songs by Kurt Weill.
Daniela Dimova has won a number of prestigious awards: Golden Quill (2011), Crystal Lyre (2007), the Varna Prize (2007), First Prize at the International Festival of Arts in South Korea (1992), First Prize for opera singing at the National Festival of Opera and Ballet Art in Stara Zagora (1989) for the Queen of the Night from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.