{short description of image} Christina Morfova, soprano

The soprano, Christina Morfova, was born on 24 April 1889 in Stara Zagora. After finishing her high school in Sofia she went on to study with Maria Pivodova in Prague. Her debut was at the Czech Theater in Brno singing Marie in The Bartered Bride in 1910.

She traveled to Paris in 1911 to study with Jaques Isnardon. Returning to Sofia in 1912, the soprano sang the role of Marie in the Bulgarian premier of The Bartered Bride. She continued working as a voice teacher in Sofia and at the same time touring other Balkan countries. After performing in Russia in1913 she returned to Prague working as a teacher and concert singer. Her debut with the Prague National Theater in 1916 was singing the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. Between 1920 and 1924, in addition to being a regular member of the company, she appeared as a guest in Germany, Italy, Paris and London. Towards the end of the 1920s, Christina returned to Sofia and became a member of the Sofia National opera from 1931 to 1935, in addition to teaching at the State Academy of Music.

She was the first woman to produce an opera in Bulgaria with a production of the Bartered Bride. She was called the Bulgarian Nightingale. Her repertoire included Aida, Lakme, Queen of the Night, Mignon, Butterfly, Violetta, Donna Anna and roles in the operas of Dvorak and Smetana.

Christina Morfova died in an automobile accident near Karlovo in June 1936.

Delibes: Lakme "Bell Song"
Traditional Bulgarian Folksong "Song of Chuchuligata"