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Nadia Krasteva is making her San diego debut as the vengeful seductress Dalila in Saint Saens’ Samson et Dalila at San Diego Opera. Her American debut was as Carmen at the Chicago Lyric Opera.

Long before she was a blossoming international opera star, Ms. Krasteva sang in a prestigious Bulgarian youth choir which toured the United States for a month and gave performances in 22 different states.

Is Ms. Krasteva an international opera star?

Yes, yes she is.

She lives in Vienna and is a frequent singer with the Vienna State Opera. By frequent I mean she has sung almost 30 roles for the Vienna State Opera.

Later this year Ms. Krasteva will be making her debut at Milan’s La Scala as none other than Amneris in Aida.

Vienna State Opera, La Scala, and Chicago Lyric Opera all qualify a singer to be considered an international singer. Performing roles such as Carmen or Eboli from Don Carlo at these venerable houses confirms Ms. Krasteva as a star.

If we add Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra National de Paris, Zurich, Munich, and Tokyo we start to get the impression that hearing Ms. Krasteva sing her first Dalila is a big deal.

Why is hearing Ms. Krasteva sing Dalila for the first time a big deal? Consider that she is still a young singer but she is making her La Scala debut as Amneris. She has sang Eboli in Vienna and Carmen in Chicago. These are big time roles which are frequently performed by older singers.

This is a chance to experience a big time singer in a big time role that she will perform for years to come around the globe.

Samson et Dalila opens on February 16th at the Civic Theater.

Nadia Krasteva singing Dalila’s signature aria.

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