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“... Verdi once said he wished to name his opera for its gypsy protagonist, Azucena.”

Seeing this production would have clinched the decision. As Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Emilia Boteva’s character journeyed into madness, fixated on the horror of seeing her own mother bourned  at the stake, her pain was palpable. First seen as a wild-eyed gypsy performing “ Stride la vampa” ! she quickly devolved from there to her final, triumphant declaration...”

Holly Harris - Opera Canada

“... Speaking of Boteva, she , along with Richard Margison as her son, Manrico, were the standout stars of the show. Boteva was absolutely riverting; her dark smoky voice full of intense emotion, making us live 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 showsopper..”

Gwenda Nemerofsky - Winnipegfreepress

“.. The mezzo Emilia Boteva e superbe. It is difficult to find such vibrant Amneris in this time..”

George Gad - Le Mond de la Musique

“.. It is  luxury of Suzuki, with the rotund  sound and timbre of Emilia Boteva..”

Andrea Merli - Opera Milano

Ms. Boteva, a mezzo, has what appears to be closely-reined powerful projection and timbre, making her presentations fascinating. Her habanera from Carmen made the threat of en garde a toi, a definite menace, albeit a promise of something dangerously fascinating!

Danny Gaisin - Ontario Arts Reviews