{short description of image} Neli Bojkova, mezzo-soprano

The soprano began her musical training as a pianist, later studying voice with Liliana Anastasova and then Christo Brambarov in Sofia. Additional training came in working with Ghena Dimitrova and Nikolai Ghiaurov. She won the silver medal in the 1974 Maria Callas Competition and bronze medal in the 1978 Tchaikovsky Competition.

In 1976 she became a member of the Sofia National Opera where she sang the roles of Carmen, Azucena, Siebel, Olga and Polina. From 1978 until 1983 she was engaged by the Komische Oper Berlin and between 1983 and 1990 as a member of the Bremen Theater. In 1982 and 1984 she appeared at the Teatro Liceo Barcelona and 1982 at the Festival of Bregenz. Her career then took her to Zürich in 1990, Wiener Volksoper 1993, and in Holland as Carmen. In 1991 she performed successfully on the concert stage and at the Vienna State Opera as Marfa in Khovantchina, Adelaide in Arabella and in 1995 Maddalena in Rigoletto. In 1995 she appeared with the Wiener Volksoper as the Queen in Thomas' Hamlet, in 1996, she was Maddalena in Andrea Chenier for the Vienna State Opera. Her debut in the United Stated was in Seattle where she appeared as Amneris in 1992.

Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina Ischodila mladesen'ka
Tchaikowsky: Maid of Orleans Prostite vi, kholmi, polya roniye