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Krassimira Stoyanova

Sunday at 5:00 PM

Not every singer heads straight for the spotlight.

If the violin career is going well, how do you know when it’s time to change? That was the problem for Krassimira Stoyanova; she had had three orchestra jobs when she made her operatic debut, not in the pit, but on the stage.

Born in 1962, the Bulgarian soprano studied violin at the Conservatory at Rousse—she didn’t debut as a singer until 1995. Things changed quickly after that. By 1998, she was a regular with the Vienna State Opera, and was soon singing at the Salzburg Festival. She caught the ears of Riccardo Muti who has brought her to prestigious opera houses around Europe, and cast her as Desdemona in his Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert version of Otello.

Ms. Stoyanova brought warmth, richness and vulnerability to her exquisite Desdemona.

—Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

That performance earned rave reviews locally and in New York’s Carnegie Hall. Chicagoans had another opportunity to enjoy Ms. Stoyanova as Amelia in last season’s masterfully cast Lyric Opera production of Simon Boccanegra (with Thomas Hampson, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Frank Lopardo).

Hear Krassimira Stoyanova singing the role of Desdemona with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony on the Tuesday Night Opera starting at 8:00 PM.

“…fluid line, genuine pathos and riveting dramatic truth”

Opera News

Ms. Stoyanova will be back on WFMT’s airwaves on Sunday’s broadcast from the Salzburg Festival, part of the vocal quartet for the Verdi Requiem with Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic, from the festival’s Verdi 200th celebration. The weekly broadcast from the Festival airs on Sundays at 5:00 PM.

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