picture of the artist Alexandrina Pendachanska, soprano

The soprano, Alexandrina Pendachanska, was born in Sofia in 1970. She is the daughter of the well known Bulgarian soprano Valeria Popova. Her grandfather was the famous conductor and violinist, Sacha Popov.

After studies to become a concert pianist she changed to vocal studies, with her mother as her exclusive teacher. In 1988 she was a prize winner in the Song Competition of Bilboa, Spain and also in that same year, at the Dvorak Competition in Prague. Her debut as Violetta was in Sofia in a concert version of La Traviata in 1989.

International appearances took the young soprano to the Welsh Opera in 1991 where she sang Gilda in Rigoletto, and to Dublin, as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor. During the 1991-1992 season of the Monte Carlo Opera, Alexandrina appeared as Ophelie in the opera Hamlet by Thomas. In 1992 she sang the title role of Esclarmonde in the opera by Massenet at the Teatro Regio, Turin. Appearances in the United States include performances with the Washington National Opera.

Bellini: La Sonnambula Ah! Non credea mirarti
Rossini: Semiramide Bel raggio lusinghier
Verdi: La Traviata Tenesta la promessa