Darina Takova

Darina Takova (Bulgarian: Дарина Такова; Sofia, 27 December 1963) is a Bulgarian soprano and teacher.

Darina Takova
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Born (1963-12-27) 27 December 1963 (age 57)
OccupationSoprano, Teacher

Education and first stepsEdit

Darina Takova was born in Sofia, where she finished her studies at National Academy Pancho Vladigerov in the class of Prof. Mati Pinkas and Prof. Mila Dyulgerova. Takova has been a member of the National Opera for six seasons since 1989. During this period, she also performed at all national opera houses and concert halls in Bulgaria. She has won awards from Luisa Todi in Lisbon, Young Opera Singers in Sofia, Francesc Viñas Barcelona Totti Del Monte in Treviso.[1]

CareerEdit

In 1992 she began an international active career on the world's largest opera stages Teatro alla Scala Milan, Teatro dell’opera di Roma, Florence,[2] Bologna, Turin, Verona, Palermo, Trieste, Naples, Venice, Parma, Festival Rossini di Pesaro, Bergamo, Arena di Verona, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York, Festival Barrock Innsbruck, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Oper Frankfurt, Opera of Geneva and Lausanne, Teatro Real de Madrid, Gran Teatre del LiceuBarcelona, Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Opéra National de Paris, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, National Theater Tokyo, Korea National Opera, Opera Canada, Los Angeles Opera House, Metropolitan Opera House New York, among others.

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 Takova made her debut at Teatro alla Scala as the Queen of the Night with Riccardo Muti conducting. This was followed by performances at La Scala in Donizetti's Lucrezia 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. In the Covent Garden she also sang Violetta from La Traviata.

Her debut in the United States was in 1997 where she sang in California and Detroit. After that become her debut at Metropolitan Opera House in New York as Marguerite in Faust.

Her most noted roles have been Violetta La Traviata, Semiramide, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lucrezia Borgia, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, Königin der Nacht "Die Zauberflöte", Amina in "La Sonnambula", Marguerite in Faust, and Elvira in I Puritani, among others.

She has worked with the greatest conductors of the time as Riccardo Muti, Alberto Zedda,[3] Carlo Rizzi, Víctor Pablo Pérez, among others.

Takova has sung with such international opera singers as Renato Bruson, Mariella Devia, Juan Diego Flórez, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Marco Berti, Daniella Barcellona, Michele Pertusi, Marcello Álvarez, Ruggiero Raimondi, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Nicola Marchesini, Boyko Tzvetanov and Laura Polverelli.

In 2007, Darina Takova retired from the international scene following complications from the flu and Hepatitis A, as well as a subsequent medical intervention.[4]

Teacher and mentorEdit

Since 2007 Takova started actively teaching by offering master classes and counseling to young opera singers from Bulgaria and abroad. Since 2013 Takova has been a mentor of Operosa.[5][6]

In 2007 created the Darina Takova Foundation located in Sofia, to promote young opera talents.

DiscographyEdit

Opera Role Director Cast Year Type Label
Opera Recital Soprano Metodi Matakiev Darina Takova 2000 CD Gega
La Traviata Violetta Carlo Rizzi Darina Takova, Maya Dashuk, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Vittorio Vitelli 2001 CD/DVD
Tancredi Amenaide Riccardo Frizza Darina Takova, Daniela Barcellona, Marco Spotti, Giuseppe Filianoti, Nicola Marchesini, Laura Polverelli, Raúl Giménez, Simoni Alberghini 2005 CD/DVD Arthaus Musik
Luisa Miller Luisa Maurizio Benini Darina Takova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Arutjun Kotchinian, Ursula Ferri 2006 CD/DVD Naxos
Torvaldo e Dorliska Dorliska Victor Pablo Pérez Darina Takova, Michele Pertusi, Francesco Meli, Jeannette Fischer 2006 CD/DVD NTSC

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Biography and audios ucispitt.edu
  2. ^ "Darina Takova, como los dos anteriores, también tiene una larga trayectoria reconocida con el personaje.....Compuso un personaje más lánguido que ingenuo y tuvo su mejor momento en la escena de la prisión -la gran ovación de la noche...." Tancredi Review - Mundoclasico.com 31 October 2005
  3. ^ "Darina Takova aveva avuto un trionfo quale Amenaide nel Tancredi pesarese. A Liegi Darina Takova aveva esibito una voce bellissima ed un accento nei passi più segnatamente drammatici, che la metteva al livello delle più complete protagoniste della renaissance Rossiniana..."Semiramide review - Il Corriere della Grisi 10 August 2008
  4. ^ Абсурдна лекарска грешка възпря шеметната кариера на Дарина Такова (in Bulgarian). 168 часа. 29 August 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Operosa.org Biography in Operosa Foundation". Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Master class Darina Takova Operosa Foundation video". Archived from the original on 3 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.