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At recent performance as Azucena at the Manitoba opera Gwenda Nemerofsky wrote,”Boteva was absolutely riveting; her dark smoky voice fulls of intense emotion, making us lives the story along with her. Her sizzling performance drew you to her whenever she stepped on stage. With her wild hair and powerful voice, she was a real showstopper.”

Emilia Boteva started her carrier with Pipo in ”La Gazza Ladra”, and Olga in “Eugene Onegin” at the Rousse State Opera in Bulgaria. Later her engagements have included the title roles of opera’s most dramatic heroines as Azucena in “Il Trovatore” , Ulrica in “Un Ballo in Maschera” and Amneris in “Aida.”

In 2002 and 2003 at the Sofia National Opera she had the honour to perform Amneris in “Aida” with Anna Tomova_ Sintov, as well as Eboli in “Don Carlos” and Ulrica in “Un Ballo in Maschera” with Ghena Dimitrova.

Her engagements include Welgunde and Rossweisse, (”Das Rheingold”, “Die Walkure” and   Gotterdammerung”), as well as Maddalena in “Rigoletto”, Marcellina in “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Teresa in  “Il Sonnambula” for ABAO, Bilbao, Spain.

At the Las Palmas Opera, (ACO) in Spain, she sang Suzuki in the highly acclaimed production of “Madama Butterfly”, as well as Mercedes in “Carmen” and Third Lady in “Die Zauberflote”.

She has been a guest artist at the Lithuanian National Opera as Eboli and Ulrica; Lodz- Poland as Suzuki; Lisbon, Theatre Coliseum-Portugal as Azucena, and Bari, Teatro Piccini-Italy as Ulrica.
She is frequent performer in Mediterranean Festival, Malta where in the Theater Astra she sang La Zia Principessa in “Suor Angelica”, Ulrica in “Un Ballo in Maschera”, Maddalena in “Rigoletto” and Verdi Requiem.

Emilia was born in the Ukraine and raised in Bulgaria. She received her high school degree from the National School of Arts “Vesselin Stoyanov” in Rousse, Bulgaria where she studied with Katrin Emilova; later she  graduated from the National Academy of Music, Sofia, where she studied with Professor Elena Kisselova.

She had her Canadian debut in 2000 with Amneris in “Aida” for Opera Ontario. In 2003 she sang again for Opera Ontario in the Pop Opera. The same year she had her debut in Gala concerts for Montreal Opera, Quebec Opera and The Mississauga Symphony.

She had also her debut as Liubov in Tchaikosvky’s “Mazeppa” for Opera in Concert and Romeo from Bellini’s Capuleti ed i Montecchi” for the Off Centre of Music.

Other past engagements have included Larina in “Eugene Onegin” at the Theatre Willamarta, Jerez-Spain, and Gala opera concert for Manitoba Opera; as well she had her debut as Emilia in “Otello’ with Opera de Quebec.

With Las Palmas,(ACO) she added new roles: Contesse de Coigny and Maddelon in “Andrea Chenier” as well as Albine in “Tais”; again in Spain, for Opera Willamarta, Jeres she had her debut as Dame Quickly in “Falstaff”.

For Edmonton Opera she sang as Frau Mary in “The Flying Dutchman”; with Opera Lyra, Ottawa-Fillipievna in “Eugene Onegin” and Azucena in “Il Trovatore” for Manitoba Opera.

 Along with her operatic commitments she has appeared widely in concerts with extensive oratorio and concert repertoire including Verdi and Mozart’s Requiem, Pergolesi and Rossini’s Stabat Mater, “Vespres”, Op.37 (Rachmaninoff). As a concert artist, she has toured Spain as soloist in Respighi’s ‘Il Tramonto”, Falla’s “El Amor Brujo” and “Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas”. In Salonica, Greece she performed Prokofiev’s cantata “Alexander Nevsky”.

For the Off Centre of Music with Inna and Boris Zarankin in 2007 she performed the Canadian debut of Gavrilin’s Russian Book.

Recordings include Mozart’s Requiem with the National Bulgarian Radio Orchestra and Rachmaninoff’s “Vespres” for the French National Radio-Lyon, as well as “Aida” with Anna Tomova- Sintov for Bulgarian Television.

Emilia made her home in Toronto with her husband and two sons.

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