Anna Tomowa-Sintow, soprano

The soprano, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, was born in Stara Zagora on 22 September 1941. Her mother was a member of the opera chorus and as a child Anna was involved early in opera appearing as Butterfly's child. She graduated from the State Academy of Music following vocal studies with Georgi Zlatev-Cherkin and Katya Spiridonova. Her operatic debut was in 1965 singing Tatyana in Eugene Onegin at the Stara Zagora Opera. Following her debut with the Liepzig Opera in 1967 singing Abigaille, she continued singing there through 1972. In 1969 she appeared as a guest with the Berlin State Opera as Butterfly and between 1972 and 1976 was a member of that company.

In 1970 Anna was a prize winner of the International Song Competition of Sofia and a Gold Medal winner in Rio de Janeiro in 1971. After being engaged by Herbert von Karajan for the Salzburg Festival in 1973, she has become a regular guest performer there specializing in the roles of the Marchallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Elsa in Lohengrin, Tosca and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Her debut with the Vienna State Opera was in 1977 as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro. She has performed regularly on most opera stages of the world, including Paris, La Scala, Munich, Deutscher Oper Berlin, Covent Garden, Florence, Barcelona and Madrid.

Anna Tomowa-Sintow debuted in the United States in 1974 singing Donna Anna in a production of Don Giovanni by the San Francisco Opera. Her debut with the Metropolitan Opera was on April 3rd, 1978 singing Donna Anna. She has returned there many times singing Elsa in Lohengrin, the Countess in Rosenkavalier and Maria in Simon Boccanegra. She has also appeared with the Chicago Lyric Opera.

With the help of von Karajan, she developed her repertoire towards Mozart and later the operas of Richard Strauss, for which she has become a well known specialist.

Korngold: Das Wunder Der Heliane Ich ging zu ihm
Mozart: Don Giovanni Crudele! Ah no mio bene
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin "Tatyana's Letter Scene"
Verdi: La Forza del Destino Pace, pace mio Dio