© Brescia e Amisano, Teatro alla Scala
© Brescia e Amisano, Teatro alla Scala

Krassimira Stoyanova

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Krassimira Stoyanova is one of the leading sopranos of our time, acclaimed by the public and the press alike. Born in Bulgaria, she studied voice and violin at the Plovdiv Music Academy. In 1995 she made her debut at the National Opera in Sofia, where she developed an extensive repertoire, and finally began her international career at the Vienna State Opera where she is still a regular guest and where was awarded the title “Kammersängerin” in 2009.


Krassimira Stoyanova appears regularly at the most important opera houses, such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Scala in Milan, the Zurich Opera House as well as the State Operas in Munich, Hamburg, Dresden and Berlin. She works with the most renowned conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, Manfred Honeck, Mariss Jansons, Fabio Luisi, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Georges Prêtre, Yuri Temirkanov, Christian Thielemann and Franz Welser-Möst.


The soprano’s opera repertoire ranges from bel canto to the great Verdi and Puccini roles, Richard Strauss and the Slavic repertoire. She also devotes herself with great passion to rarely performed works, including Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan, Verdi’s La battaglia di Legnano or Dvořák’s Dimitrij. In 2003, the artist made her highly acclaimed debut at the Salzburg Festival as Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann). She also had a great success in Salzburg as Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) and Danae (Die Liebe der Danae).


Important stages in her career also include recitals at the Bavarian and Vienna State Operas, La Scala Milan and the Vienna Musikverein, concerts of Rossini’s Stabat mater with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti, and her performances as Aida and Amelia (Simone Boccanegra) at La Scala Milan, a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Semperoper Dresden under Christian Thielemann, concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, concert performances of Aida with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Verdi Requiem at the Salzburg Festival under Riccardo Muti as well as appearances as Leonora (Il trovatore) at the Bavarian State Opera.


Krassimira Stoyanova is also one of the most sought-after singers on the concert podium. She sang in Beethoven’s 9th symphony with Riccardo Muti at the Ravenna Festival, with Colin Davis at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, with Mariss Jansons at the Vatican as well as with Christian Thielemann and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, to name but a few. Her concert repertoire includes Verdi’s Requiem, Beethovens Missa solemnis, Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder, Dvořáks Requiem und Stabat mater.


Recent highlights include Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at La Scala in Milan under Riccardo Chailly. As “artist in residence” she gave several concerts with the Munich Radio Orchestra. Furthermore, she could be seen in a new production of Aida at the Dresden Semperoper under the baton of Christian Thielemann, as well as in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at La Scala in Milan (musical director: Zubin Mehta) and in Florence (conductor: Daniele Gatti).


In October and November 2022, she celebrated an overwhelming success in the title role of Aida at the Teatro Real in Madrid. A few months later she also thrilled the Roman audience with the same role. Further engagements in the 2022/23 season will take her to the Tokyo Spring Festival and to the Vienna State Opera, where she will appear as Tosca. In addition, several concert engagements are planned, including Mahler’s 8th Symphony.


In the 2023/24 season, Krassimira Stoyanova will give two concerts on the Canary Islands. In spring 2024, she will sing Verdi’s Requiem under the musical direction of Marco Armiliato at the Zurich Opera House as part of a staged joint production of opera and ballet. After the brilliant success of the previous season, she can be heard again as Tosca at the Vienna State Opera in 2024.

Krassimira Stoyanova’s four solo CDs I palpiti d’amor, Slavic Opera Arias, Verdi and Verismo for the Orfeo label have been awarded important prizes. Her new CD with the complete songs for soprano and piano by Puccini was released by Naxos.


Besides her activities on the international opera and concert stages, she also focuses on the promotion of young singers. Krassimira Stoyanova is a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and regularly gives master classes.

August 2023 – For the most recent biography, please contact Nicola Kamphausen