{short description of image} Katya Spiridonova, soprano

The soprano, Katia Spiridonova, was born 13 June 1902 in Sofia. She graduated in 1923 from the State Academy of Music in Sofia as a student of Ivan Voulpe. During her years as a student she sang as a chorus member of the Bulgarska Operna Drushba (Bulgarian Opera Society). She attended the Leipzig Conservatory between 1923-24.

Her debut on 12 October 1925 with the Sofia Opera was as Aida. From 1925 to 1947 she was a regular soloist with the Sofia Opera and between 1944 and 1948 additionally had singing engagements with the Stara Zagora Opera. Between 1948 and 1957 she returned to the Sofia Opera as a soloist and vocal coach. International appearances were in Belgrade 1938, Frankfurt 1940 and Breslau. In addition to the performances on the opera stage there were many concert appearances in Bulgaria and abroad.

After 1957 she began giving private voice lessons. Among her students were Nadia Afejan, Katia Popova and Siika Petrova. Among the highlights of her career were performances with many famous singers including Fedor Chaliapin, Elena Nikolai and Todor Mazaroff. Major roles in her career included Aida, Tosca, Senta in the Flying Dutchman and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana. Her best performances were considered to be in the Italian repertoire.

Verdi: Aida O patria mia

We are pleased to present her here in excerpts of Il trovatore