The mezzo-soprano, Stefka Mineva, was born in 1950 in Stara Zagora. She was the daughter of the tenor, Mincho Minev, and at an early age received training in music lessons and ballet. She attended the State Academy of Music as a student of Ilija Jossifov. In 1972 she debuted with the Stara Zagora singing Berta in a production of the Barber of Seville. She remained a member of that company for two years singing the roles of Suzuki, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Amneris and Carmen.
In 1976 and 1977, after winning singing competitions in Sofia and Ostende, a career developed with the Sofia National Opera. In 1977 she performed there her most successful role and that being Marfa in Khovanshchina. Guest appearances and concerts took the mezzo to many international music centers including Vienna, Paris, Geneva, Turin, San Francisco, Zurich and Barcelona. Additional guest appearances were at the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow and at the National Opera Theaters of Bucharest and Belgrade. In 1986-1988 she achieved great success at the Metropolitan Opera in New York singing her signature role of Marfa, which she later repeated in a radio broadcast through the Italian broadcasting RAI.
Between 1987 and 1992, Mineva sang in Messina, the Festival of Perugia, Rome, Florence (1989 in Janacek's Katja Kabanova ), and in Dublin (1991: Suzuki and Fenena). Following performances at the Arena di Verona in 1991 she sang at the Opera in Tel Aviv in 1992. Major roles in her career included Marfa, Amneris, Carmen, Marina in Boris Godunov, Adalgisa, Olga in Eugene Onegin and Leonora in La Favorita.
Her commercial recordings include Marina in Boris Godunov on Sony; Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Lehl in The Snow Maiden by Rimsky-Korsakov on Capriccio; and recitals on the Elysium and Balkanton labels.
Donizetti: La Favorite O mio Fernando
Ponchielli: La Gioconda Stella del marinar
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera Re dell'abisso
Verdi: Don Carlo "Veil Song"