Emilia is making her Pacific Opera Victoria debut and her role debut as the Kostelnička in POV's October 2017 production of Janáček's Jenůfa
The Canadian-Bulgarian mezzo-soprano studied at the Bulgarian Academy of Music in Sofia. An award winner at the Svetoslav Obretenov National Competition in Bulgaria and a finalist in the Toulouse International Vocal Competition, she made her professional debut at the State Opera House in Sofia.
Ms. Boteva recently appeared as Brigitta in Die Tote Stadt for Calgary Opera and sang Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with the Winnipeg Symphony. She was well received in Chicago at the Grant Park Festival for Alexander Nevsky and appeared with Edmonton Opera and Opéra de Québec in Eugene Onegin as Filipyevna, a role she repeats for Calgary Opera in 2018.
Other engagements include Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera for Opera Tampa, Azucena in Il trovatore for Manitoba Opera, Mary in Der Fliegende Höllander for Opéra de Montréal and Calgary Opera, and Marfa in Khovanshchina with Voicebox: Opera in Concert. Further credits include Mahler's Symphony No. 3 and Verdi's Requiem for Orquesta Sinfonica de Mexico, as well as appearances in Baton Rouge, Lyon, Sofia (Bulgaria), Vancouver, and Spain.
Ms. Boteva was introduced to Canadian audiences by Opera Ontario, singing Amneris in Aïda under the baton of Maestro Daniel Lipton. She has since appeared with Opera in Concert as Lyubov in Mazeppa and with Opéra de Québec as Emilia in Otello . European appearances include Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera in Bari, Italy, La sonnambula in Bilbao, and Wagner's Ring cycle (Wellgunde and Rossweisse) and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. She also appeared in Las Palmas in Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte and Carmen and returned to Sofia for a Verdi Requiem in honour of Ghena Dimitrova. Her most recent engagements in Spain have included performances as Albine in Thaïs and Countess de Coigny in Andrea Chénier.
Ms. Boteva has appeared with the opera companies of Bulgaria, Switzerland, Poland, Portugal, Lithuania and Macedonia. Fluent in Italian, English, Russian, French, and Bulgarian, she has collaborated with important conductors including Maurizio Barbacini, Gunter Neuhold, and Rizzi Brignoli among others. As a concert artist, she has toured Spain in Respighi's Il tramonto and de Falla's El Amor Brujo. Works by Elgar, Verdi, Britten, Mahler and Rossini are in her repertoire, and her recordings include Mozart's Requiem with the National Bulgarian Radio Orchestra and Rachmaninov's Vespers with the French National Radio Orchestra from Lyon.
Emilia Boteva sang the sympathetic role of Brigitta with a richly focused tone and a fine understanding of the dramatic element.
Kenneth Delong, Calgary Herald, Review of Die Tote Stadt with Calgary Opera, 2016
The performance also gained by having a terrific soloist ... mezzo-soprano Emilia Boteva made it a highlight of the evening. The Bulgarian-born singer's deep Slavic timbre proved ideal in this brooding music, her sensitive vocalism casting a spell in the mournful elegy for the battlefield dead.
Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, Review of Alexander Nevsky, Grant Park Festival, 2013.