Born in Bulgary, she moved to Italy in 1958, debuting there three years later at the Scala in Milan. Since then she has become one of the most celebrated singers, with a repertoire ranging from Verdi to Puccini, from Wagner to Cilea, from Donizetti to Tchaikovsky, from Strauss to Zandonai. The number of prizes with which her prestigious career is studded is truly vast, and includes the “Bellini” in 1965 and the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” in 1990. The unvaried enthusiasm of critical acclaim and her public’s appreciation have conferred upon this singer and on her royal presence the title “heroine of the melodramma”.
She has been teaching at the Accademia Chigiana since1 998.