Donizetti : Roberto Devereux.ExcerptsTorino, Teatro Regio, 1997 (Audio - Recital)
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Torino, Teatro Regio, 20 aprile 1997
Pendatchanska was born in Sofia, Bulgaria into a family of renowned Bulgarian musicians. Her grandfather Sasha Popov was a violinist and conductor and the founder of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. Her mother Valerie Popova was an internationally acclaimed soprano who sung regularly at La Scala in Milan from 1983 to 1986.
Pendatchanska studied piano from early childhood and graduated from Bulgaria's National School of Music, where she studied piano and singing. Her vocal teacher was her mother, Valerie Popova.
Pendatchanska made her stage debut at age 17 in the role of Violetta in La traviata. Soon after, she won the Antonín Dvořák Competition in Karlovy Vary, placed second in the International Vocal Competition in Bilbao in 1988 and won UNISA singing competition in Pretoria (1989)
Pendatchanska's debut outside Bulgaria took place in Bilbao, where she sang the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. Since 1989 she has sung in many of the most prestigious opera houses around the world, including Vienna, Paris, Berlin, New York (the New York City Opera), Rome, Brussels, Washington, Hamburg, Moscow, Turin, Naples, Santa Fe, Bregenz, Monte Carlo, and Tel Aviv.
Pendatchanska performed the title role of Esclarmonde at Teatro Regio in Turin in November 1992. Pendatchanska's performance in this role at age 22 was even younger than that of Sybil Sanderson, who created the infamously difficult role at age 24.
During the 1997–2001 operatic seasons Pendatchanska sang the role of Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux (Turin and Naples), Adina in Adina (Pesaro), Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica (Lucca), Luisa in Luisa Miller (Naples and Berlin), and in Ermione (Santa Fe and New York).
Her other operatic roles include:
The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute by Mozart (Cape Town)
Ophelia in Hamlet (Monte Carlo, Vienna)
Lucia (Turin, Trieste)
Gilda in Rigoletto (Welsh National Opera, Monte Carlo)
Violetta in La Traviata (Trieste, Hamburg, Frankfurt)
Adalgisa in Norma (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma)
Parisina in Parisina (Wexford Festival Opera, Lugano)
Elena in La Donna del Lago (New York City Opera)
Her current repertoire includes:
Donna Anna and Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni (Paris, Lausanne, Houston, Lisbon, Prague, Baden-Baden, Innsbruck)
Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito (Santa Fe, Lyon, Madrid)
Elettra in Idomeneo (Brussels)
Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda
Semiramide Paris TCE
Agrippina in Agrippina