{short description of image} Penka Toromanova, soprano

The soprano, Penka Toromanova, was born 26 March 1892 in Varna. She studied voice and piano at the Geneva Conservatory between 1909-1913. After her graduation in 1913 she returned to Bulgaria and became a soloist with the Bulgarska Operna Drushba.

Her debut there on 14 January 1914 was as Leonora. She continued specializing in Geneva between 1915-1917. Between 1917 and 1931 was a leading singer with the Sofia Opera while at the same time giving concerts in Bulgaria. International appearances were in Poland 1923 and Berlin 1929. Between 1929 and 1930 she was the Assistant in Opera Singing at the Hochschule für Musik - Berlin.

Along with her singing career she was well know as a vocal pedagogue. Elisaveta Jovovich and Sabcho Sabev were among her students. In 1931 she retired from her opera career and teaching because of health problems. Major roles in her career included Marguerite in Faust, Leonora, Aida and Santuzza. Penka Toromanova died on 9 October 1961.

Massenet: Le Cid "Aria of Chimene"