Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra guest artist Sofia Dimitrova

Born in Varna, Bulgaria, soprano Sofia Dimitrova started her musical education at the age of five with violin and theory lessons. In 1999, Ms. Dimitrova came to New York to major in Vocal Historical Performance at the Mannes College of Music.
      Last season, she performed at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall under the direction of Ton Koopman, as part of the Carnegie Hall Professional Workshop. She has appeared as a soloist in the Vivaldi Gloria and performed the roles of Sospecha and Calliope in the staged production of La Purpúra de la Rosa under the direction of Andrew Lawrence-King at the 2003 Amherst Early Music Festival, the title role in Dido and Aeneas with Prismatic Productions, and Damon in Acis and Galatea. She has also featured roles in the performances of semi-staged productions of Il Pastor Fido and Triomphi with the New York Continuo Collective.
      Ms. Dimitrova has performed in Bulgaria, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and the USA; has sung with The New York Continuo Collective, Choraulos, and ARTEK; and is a founding member of Point d'Arrêt. She has studied voice with Lois Winter and Jill Feldman, performance practice with Grant Herreid, viola da gamba and chamber music with Martha McGaughey, and lute with Patrick O’Brien.
      Ms. Dimitrova was Musica Bella’s featured vocal soloist on our January 22, 2006 concert, singing the brilliant Donna Elvira’s recitative and aria from Mozart’s Don Giovanni. She was featured again on our Baroque chamber-orchestra concerts on October 1 and 4, 2006, singing two Vivaldi solo motets; and she was featured once more on our “Basically Bach” concerts on January 20 and 21, 2007, singing the Bach “Coffee Cantata.” Next was our chamber orchestra concert in June 2007, followed by our Bach concerts in September 2007. And now she’s in preparation for her solos in our presentations of Bach’s Mass in B Minor on January 26 and 27, 2008.
      Visit Ms. Dimitrova’s Web site at http://www.sofiadimitrova.com/.

This bio was obviously last updated sometime between September 2007 and January 2008. We’ll try to post a fresher one soon.