Opera voices from Bulgaria reveal their talent at all major opera stages of the world. They can be heard in the La Scala, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera… One of these singers is Vania Vatralova-Stankov. She graduated in violin and singing at the Dobri Hristov College of Music and Arts in Varna and continued her studies in Spain at the Royal Conservatoire of Music and the Royal Opera School in Madrid. She was appointed as co-principal violin at the City of Elche Chamber Orchestra where she played as a soloist in many occasions but later on she decided to pursue fully her singing career. Her teacher, the soprano Ana Fernaud, introduced her to Bel Canto- repertoire. She has done further training and Master Classes with Renata Scotto, Montserrat Caballé, Mirella Freni and Nelly Miriccioiu, amongst others. After graduating she moved to the UK, and since then she has performed with Welsh National Opera Studio and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the title roles of operas by Donizetti, Verdi, Dvorak. Vania Vatralova-Stankov has also performed concerts and recitals throughout the UK and the rest of Europe. She has performed the major Oratorio repertoire with many orchestras, such as Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, London Gala Orchestra, Baroque Orchestra Valencia, and Madrid Players Orchestra and has worked under the baton of Alaxander Kantorov, Alex Ingram and Giorgio Leardini. She has participated in many International Festivals, such as Belcanto Festival Dordrecht (Holland), International Summer Festival in Peralada, Barcelona, Sofia Summer Days Festival and Varna International Summer Festival.
Noël Tredinnick has conducted in all the major concert venues in the UK, at the Sydney Opera House, the Conservatorium of Music in Moscow, the Sky Dome Stadium in Toronto, the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, St Michael’s Cathedral in Brussels, the Festival Hall in Varna, the City Hall in New York, Ammergauer Haus and Wieskirche in Oberammergau, to name a few. He is also Organist and Director of Music at All Souls, Langham Place, a post he combines with that of a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he teaches conducting, orchestration and musical awareness.
Recorded on 7, 8 and 9 April 2008 in Sofia, Bulgaria
OPERATIC FAVOURITES · VANIA VATRALOVA-STANKOV
 Norma - Casta Diva (Act 1) 6’38”
 Anna Bolena - Piangete Voi?...Al dolce guidami (Act 2) 8’56”
 La Traviata - E strano...Follie, follie...Sempre libera (Act 1) 7’35”
 La Boheme - Si, mi chiamano Mimi (Act 1) 5’07”
 Tosca - Vissi d'arte (Act 2) 3’30”
 Gianni Schicchi - O mio babbino caro (Act 1) 2’41”
 Turandot - Signore ascolta (Act 1) 2’45”
 Carmen - Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante (Micaela's Air) (Act 3) 6’43”
 Faust - Ah! Je ris de me voir si belle en ce miroir (Margarita's Air) (Act 2) 5’32”
 Romeo аnd Juliette - Je veux vivre dans le rêve (Julietta's Air) (Act 1) 4’02”
Sofia Symphony Orchestra
Noël Tredinnick, conductor