The Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Mariana Pentcheva has rapidly become one of the most highly respected artists of her generation. She has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses and festivals, including Teatro alla Scala, ROH Covent Garden in London, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Teatro Real in Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, Teatro de La Maestranza in Sevilla, Opernhaus in Zürich, La Monnaie in Bruxelles, New National Theatre of Tokyo, San Diego Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, just to name a few.
In these institutions she has often performed such works as Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino, Il trovatore, Falstaff, Don Carlo, Aida, Cavalleria rusticana, Adriana Lecouvreur, La Gioconda, Oedipus rex, Aleksandr Nevskij, Norma, Möise et Pharaon, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin.
She has often worked with several important conductors, such as Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Antonio Pappano, Philippe Jordan, Vladimir Jurowski, Gustav Kuhn, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Oren, Zoltán Peskó, Emmanuel Krivine.
A regular guest of the Teatro alla Scala, where she made her debut as early as in 1994, performing Spontini’s La Vestale and Rigoletto under the baton of Riccardo Muti, she sang there again and again, in several other productions including Madama Butterfly with Riccardo Chailly, Nabucco with Riccardo Muti, La Gioconda, La forza del destino, Rigoletto and Un ballo in maschera.
Mariana Pentcheva has also sung some less frequently performed operas, such as Respighi’s La fiamma, Zandonai’s I cavalieri di Ekebù, Pacini’s Saffo (at the Wexford Opera Festival, also available on a Naxos cd).