Jordanka Milkova

The mezzosoprano Jordanka Milkova completed her training as an opera singer at the Music Academy in Sofia. She then obtained a pass with distinction from the Swiss Opera Studio at the University of the Arts in Berne and simultaneously accepted key roles at the Ensembletheater Biel-Solothurn. This was followed by engagements on opera and concert stages all over Europe at the Staatstheater Nuremberg, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Helsinki Music Center, the Tampere Hall in Finland, Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg, the Opernhaus Halle, the Theater am Revier in Gelsenkirchen, the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara and Modena, in Dresden, Augsburg, Oldenburg, Regensburg, Pforzheim, Sofia, Luxembourg, the Theater Lübeck, Stadttheater Berne as well as at Classic Open Air in Solothurn.

In Summer 2011 she celebrated her highly successful Wagner debut as Ortrud at the world-renowned Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland. Her broad repertoire includes the great mezzo roles such as Carmen, Delilah, Eboli, Amneris, Ulrica, the Composer, Hänsel, Dorabella as well as Fenena, Ascanio, Annio, Suzuki, Maddalena, Dryade, Jezibaba, Klythamnestra and many more.

She sang under the direction of leading conductors such as Philippe Auguin, Stefan Soltez, Miguel Gomez Martinez, Christof Prick, Jari Hämäläinen, Marcus Bosch, Marco Guidarini, Roger Epple, Emil Tabakov and Oliver von Dohnányi.

Several critics in the specialist publication «Opernwelt» nominated Jordanka Milkova as «the best new artiste» for her interpretation of Amneris. Bayern Klassikradio (BR Klassik) transmitted a live broadcast from the Staatstheater Nuremberg of the highly praised premiere of Samson and Delilah with Jordanka Milkova in the role of Delilah.

In the 2015/16 season, Jordanka Milkova will be making her house and role debut as Marfa in Khovanshchina by Mussorgsky at Theater Basel. The mezzo-soprano will also be reprieving the title role of Carmen at Staatstheater Nürnberg this season, as well as appearing at Aalto Theater in Essen in the role of Jezibaba in Rusalka.

The singer has a number of important concert engagements this season, too, including a performance of the cycle Les nuits dété by Berlioz under the direction of Philippe Bach at Casino Bern and the alto solo in Handels Messiah under the direction of Kaspar Zehnder.