The soprano, Darina Takova, was born in Sofia and graduated from the School of Music and the State Academy of Music. Her vocal studies there were with Prof. Mati Pinkas and Mila Dyulgerova. Her debut was in 1991 singing the title role in Lucia Di Lammermoor with the Sofia National Opera.
After winning the International Competition for Young Opera Singers in Sofia in 1992, she went on to win awards at the Luisa Todi Competition in Portugal and the Francesco Vinas Competition in Barcelona in 1993. In 1994 she was victorious again, this time at the Toti dal Monte Competition in Treviso. In Italy she performed the Queen of the Night.
Touring with the Sofia National Opera in 1995 she sang the title role in Verdi's Luisa Miller in Germany and Switzerland. After singing in a production of The Golden Cockerel in Rome she took part in the Rome Summer Festival as Gilda. At the Geneva Opera Theater she sang in Arabella and Rigoletto.
In 1998 the soprano made her debut at La Scala as the Queen of the Night with Ricardo Muti conducting. This was followed by performances at La Scala in Donizetti's Lucrecia Borgia. Additional appearances in Italy in 1998 included Lucia di Lammermoor in Florence and Violetta in Rome. In Lausanne she appeared in Ariadne auf Naxos and in Covent Garden in The Golden Cockerel.
Her debut in the United States was in 1997 where she sang in California and Detroit.
Bellini: I Puritani Qui la voce
Bellini: La sonnambula Oh se una volta reverlo ... Ah non giunge
Delibes: Lakme "Bell Song"
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor "Mad Scene"
Rimsky-Korsakov: Le coq d'or "Queen Shemakha's Aria"
Verdi: La traviata E strano ... Sempre libera