Violina Anguelov (mezzo-soprano) was born in Bulgaria. She obtained her Performer’s Diploma in Opera with distinction as well as Honours Degree in Singing (First Class) from the University of Cape Town under voice teacher Sarita Stern and the direction of Professor Angelo Gobbato. She has been awarded many prizes including the Adcock Ingram Music Prize, the Leonard Hall Memorial Prize, Erik Chisholm Prize, Best Principal Singer for Cape Town Opera and more.
Violina has a vast operatic and concert repertoire and has performed throughout South Africa and abroad. She has performed over 35 leading operatic roles in a multitude of highly acclaimed performances in South Africa, Germany, Bulgaria, Australia, Switzerland and Sweden. Her South African operatic début was as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart with Cape Town Opera in 1999. She made her European operatic début as Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte by Mozart, in Hanover, Germany, in 2000. Since then she has sung roles such as, just to mention but a few, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Marguerite in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, Ruggiero in Alcina, Nerone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Hänsel in Hänsel and Gretel, Idamante in Idomeneo, Romeo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi by Bellini, Amnerisin Aida by Verdi, Mrs. Patrick De Rocher in Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walkin, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti by Bernstein, Octavian in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Queen Elizabeth in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda and the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, a spectacular performance celebrated by both critics and public alike, performed in 2011 and 2016. Violina has had the immense privilege to share the stage with the world-renowned Bryn Terfel in a Gala Concert for Cape Town Opera and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013, Violina had the privilege of working with world renownedconductor Sir Richard Bonynge in a concert version of Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti.
Apart from her vast repertoire of operatic roles, Violina has performed as a soloist with great success in many sacred works in and around South Africa. These have included all the major oratorio works by Mozart, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Haydn, Handel, Elgar, Beethoven, JS Bach, Berlioz, Mendelssohn and Verdi amongst others.
Her leader repertoire includes works by Shubert, Schumann, Brahms, Britten, Debussy, Fauré, Duparc, Poulenc, Dvořak, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Mussordsky, Glinka, Obradotshand more.
Apart from her performing Violina has an extensive teaching career both privately and as a Full-time Voice Lecturer at UCT College of Music.