The mezzo-soprano, Reni Penkova, was born on 28 October 1935 in Veliko Turnovo. At the Academy of Music she was a student of Nadya Afejan and Elena Doskova-Ricardi. Her professional debut was singing the role of Olga in Eugene Onegin with the Burgas Opera in 1960.
In 1963 she became a very popular member of the Sofia National Opera. Her international engagements took her to Amsterdam and to many appearances at the Glyndebourne Festival during the years of 1971 through 1977. There she sang in Pique Dame as Pauline, in Eugene Onegin as Olga, as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte and Meg Page in Falstaff.
In addition to the above, her roles included Amneris, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Cherubino, Octavian and additional roles in the operas of Gluck and Borodin.
Reni Penkova is remembered as a respected concert and oratorio singer in addition to her career on the opera stage.
Glinka: A Life for the Czar "Aria of
Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito Non Piu di Fiori
Rossini: La Cenerentola Nacqui all'affano