Soprano Sofia Dimitrova has enjoyed an international career, having performed in Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, the United States, and in her native Bulgaria. Recognized by audiences for her “theatrical flair and sparkling performance”, Ms. Dimitrova currently makes her home in New York.
This season she is singing role of Leonora in il Trovatore in Brooklyn, and covering Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito. In 2012, Ms. Dimitrova sang Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte in New Jersey , as well as Pasatieri’s Lady Macbeth, for which she was praised for “evoking the steely strength of the murderous queen with her potent dramatic instrument”. She has sung the role of Venus in Venus & Adonis by John Blow, the title role in Dido & Æneas; the characters of Sospecha and Calliope in a production of La Purpúra de la Rosa under the direction of Andrew Lawrence-King at the Amherst Early Music Festival; and the role of Damon in Handel’s Acis & Galatea. She has also performed featured roles in productions of Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggiero (Nunzia), Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Drusilla and Damigella), Il Pastor Fido (Mirtillo) and Triomphi with the New York Continuo Collective as well as the role of Sappho in Prismatic Production’s show Love Stories.
Ms. Dimitrova was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall under the direction of Ton Koopman as part of the Carnegie Hall Professional Workshop Series. She was also a participant in the 2010 Caramoor Bel Canto academy under the baton of Maestro Will Crutchfield. Her oratorio repertoire includes solos in Handel’s Messiah with the Monmouth Civic Chorus, Graun’s Der Tod Jesu, and Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Brahms’s Requiem among others. She was also a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria in a concert performed in Siena, Italy.
Ms. Dimitrova has performed commissioned works by Paul Moravec, David Tcimpidis, Richard Russell, Thomas Addison, Raphael Fusco, Evan Lewis, Marilyn Bliss and Kevin McCarter. She has sung with The New York Continuo Collective, ARTEK, Musica Bella Orchestra among others. She has performed at Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY Historical Society, Concerts At One, Midtown Music Series, Stony Brook University and on the New York Early Music Series. As a performing member of the New York Composers Circle she has performed in NYU Engleman Hall, St’ Peter’s Church (Midtown Arts Common) and in Recorded Readings produced by the organization as well as Outreach Concerts in New York City schools.
Ms. Dimitrova holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Mannes College of Music and has studied with Martin Yazdzik, Kathy Olsen, Neal Goren, Diana Soviero, Lois Winter, Amy Burton, Catherine Mazzone, Jill Feldman, Glenn Morton, Kamal Kahn, and Joshua Greene.
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“Ms. Dimitrova evoked the steely strength of Shakespeare’s murderous queen in this setting of five monologues from the Scottish play. Ms. Dimitrova has a potent dramatic instrument, almost overwhelming in the little theater. She sang the crescendo leading up to the murder of Duncan with real power, and evoked the suffering and child-like state of madness required in the Sleep-walking Scene.”
-Paul Pelkonen, Feb 2012
“Sofia Dimitrova created a portrayal of a woman trapped in an unbearable situation, for whom power is an aphrodisiac… Dimitrova’s plush, rounded soprano embraced the eroticism of Lady Macbeth’s daring the powers of hell and earth to stop her, balanced between confidence and desperation.”
- OperaObsession, Feb 2012
“Pasatieri writes wonderfully for the voice, and Sofia Dimitrova, whom I heard twice, sang it with intense [...] feeling. Her full, plummy voice was ideally suited to the registers of Pasatieri’s writing, its expressive power, and to the role of Lady Macbeth herself. Ms. Dimitrova’s English was excellent.”
-New York Arts Reviews, Feb 2012