(Sofia, Bulgaria)

Darina Takova (Soprano)


Darina is the founder of Darina Takova Foundation which dedicated to the help and support of young opera singers, enable them to pursue and achieve their career goals and to succeed on international opera stages. 


Darina was born in Sofia.  She finished the music school at Lyoli Daskalov and Music Academy in the class of Prof. Mati Pinkas and Prof. Mila Dyulgerova. Darina has been a member of the National Opera for six seasons since 1989. During this period, she also performed at all national opera houses and concert halls in Bulgaria. She has won awards from Luisa Todi in Lisbon, Young Opera Singers in Sofia, Francisco Viñas Barcelona Totti and Del Monte in Treviso. 


In 1992 she  began an active career on the world's largest opera scenes;  La Scala in Milan, Rome Opera , Florence, Bologna, Turin, Verona, Palermo, Trieste, Naples,Venice, Parma; festivals in Pesaro , Bergamo, Verona Arena , concert halls of Santa Cecilia , Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York, Baroque Festival in Innsbruck. Other venues include Munich, Berlin, Hamburg , Frankfurt, Geneva and Lausanne, Madrid, Barcelona , San Sebastian, Pamplona , Athens, Brussels , Amsterdam, Liege, Covent Garden in London, Paris, Lyon, Toulon, Monte Carlo, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Israel, Los Angeles and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. 


Her repertoire spans from early Baroque to Richard Strauss and works of contemporary authors. Her most noted roles have been  Violetta in " La Traviata " by Verdi,  Semiramis in the eponymous opera by Rossini, many other works by Rossini series and around bel canto repertoire : Lucia di Lammermoor , Lucrezia Borgia , Anne Boleyn , Mary Stewart and Roberto Deveryo Donizetti , Sleepwalker and Puritans Bellini and also roles in operas by Mozart, Gounod , Massenet, Bizet, Meyerbeer , Offenbach, Poulenc , Puccini and Verdi.


Seven years ago Darina started actively teaching by offering master classes and counseling to young opera singers from Bulgaria and abroad. Part of her new mission is to create favorable conditions for the development of young opera talents of Bulgaria as well as the establishment of the European Academy of Vocal Mastery. In 2011 this Academy held two three-week master classes in Sofia with great success and offering good results for young singers. The master classes in Sofia with world famous guest vocal teachers have now become a tradition. These activities were followed by Master Classes in Italy and Belgrade.