Margarette Lilova, mezzo-soprano

The mezzo soprano, Margarette Lilova, was born on 26 July 1935 in Cerven Briag. As a child she sang in the Childrens Chorus of the Sofia National Opera. After lessons in singing and choir direction, she received a diploma in 1953. Following studies at the Academy of Music with Maria Zibulka, Ljubomir Pipkov and Michail Jankov, her career began at the Varna Opera in 1959 where her debut was singing Maddalena in Rigoletto. Additional roles sung in Varna included Azucena, Amneris, and in Pique Dame as the Countess and Pauline.

An international career began with performances with the Royal Opera, London in 1962 and the Vienna State opera in 1963. Then followed appearances in Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Montreal and Los Angeles. From 1966, Margarette Lilova has been a member of the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin Komisches Opera and the Sofia National Opera. In 1965-67 she appeared at the Salzburg Festival in Boris Godunov with additional engagements there in 1984, 1986 and 1989. In 1973 at the La Scala in Milan, her performance as Ulrica in The Masked Ball was met with great acclaim. While touring Japan with the Vienna State Opera in 1986 she sang Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro and Annina in Der Rosenkavalier. In addition to her opera career, she is considered an important concert and lieder performer.

Donizetti: La Favorita O Mio Fernando
Massenet: Werther "Charlotte's Letter Scene"
Verdi: Il Trovatore Condotta all'era in ceppi