The mezzo, Nadja Afejan, was born 3 May 1917 in Varna. Her father was an artist and her mother a pianist. As a child she performed small roles at the Theater of Varna.
Originally she wanted to become an actress for which she studied until her singing voice was discovered. She began vocal training at the State Academy of Music and finished her training in Berlin and Vienna during 1944 and 1945. Her stage debut was as Azucena with the Sofia National Opera in 1947; she remained a member of that company for 25 years. Extensive guest appearances with the Sofia National Opera on tour produced a contract with the Berlin Opera in 1961 and additional appearances in Italy, Belgium, Spain, the Scandinavian countries and England. In 1964 she appeared at Covent Garden singing Amneris with great success. Other appearances followed in Czechoslovakia, Russia, Hungary and Poland.
In 1965 Nadja Afejan appeared at the Festival of Wiesbaden, 1966 and 1970 at the Teatro San Carlo Naples, 1972 in Barcelona and 1973 in Athens. Her repertoire included Eboli, Azucena, Amneris, Ulrica, Carmen, Marfa and Marina. In addition to the opera stage she was well known singing oratorios and Lieder.
Bizet: Carmen "Habanera"
Glinka: Life for the Czar "Vanya's Aria"
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera Re dell'abisso
Verdi: Il Trovatore Stride la vampa
We are pleased to present her here in Lohengrin and excerpts of Aida and of Il trovatore