Daniela Ivanova-Dimova graduated opera singing at the “Pantcho Vladigerov” Music Academy – Sofia in 1990, in the class of Prof. Resa Koleva.
In 1991 she specialized at the “Boris Hristov” Academy of Arts – Rome, and in 1993 in the opera singing class of Prof. Margarita Lilova.
In 1998 she studied Italian bel canto under Prof. Ida Farina in Milan, Italy.
In 1990 she made her debut on the stage of the Rousse Opera Theatre, and from 1991 to 2009 she was a soloist of the Varna Opera. In December 2009, after winning a competition, she assumed the post of director of the Opera and Philharmonic Society – Varna.
The artistic resume of Daniela Ivanova-Dimova includes over 25 solo soprano parts from operas by Purcell, Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, J. Strauss, etc., as well as an extensive repertoire from cantatas, oratorios, chamber pieces and solo songs by Bach, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Mozart, Schubert, Rossini, Verdi, R. Strauss, Schoenberg, Carl Orff, B. Britten, etc.
She has participated on numerous occasions in almost all Bulgarian opera and music festivals: “Varna Summer”, “Sofia Music Weeks”, “European Music Festival”, performing both opera and cantata-oratorio and chamber repertoire from the Renaissance to contemporary pieces.
She has graced a number of European and world stages:
Daniela Ivanova-Dimova has participated in opera performances, chamber concerts and recitals in Germany, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Russia, Norway, Egypt, Greece, the Czech Republic, China, Korea, Hong Kong, etc.
The singer has been partnered on the stage by names such as Ghena Dimitrova, Vesselina Katsarova, Luis Lima. She has sung under the baton of Bulgarian conductors such as Rouslan Raichev, Mihail Angelov, Vassil Kazandzhiev, Yordan Dafov, Ivan Filev, Milen Nachev, Borislav Ivanov, Hristo Ignatov, Stanislav Ushev, as well as Nello Santi, Roland Seifert, Daniel Inbal, Markus Huber, etc.
In January 2007, Daniela Dimova recorded a CD for Gega New with Sephardic songs transcribed by Jules Levy and Arnold Schoenberg’s Brettl-Lieder (Cabaret Songs). In May 2008, with the support of the Ministry of Culture, she recorded a second CD with Ashkenazi songs arranged by academician Nikolay Kaufman and songs by Kurt Weill.
D. Dimova is not only a performer, but also an active participant in public and cultural life. She has organized and launched a number of interesting music projects for the performance of less-known and rarely performed in Bulgaria music pieces. In 2007, she founded and chaired the “Project Music” society, established for the purpose of realizing projects in the sphere of music culture and to provide additional employment opportunities for Varna musicians in Bulgaria and abroad. With the opera “Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell, the Varna Opera has toured in Larnaca and Nicosia, Cyprus, and with Mozart’s “Ascanio in Alba” – in Varese, Italy.
Daniela Dimova is a co-founder of “Varna – Cultural Capital” Society (2004) for the realization of the ambitious project of making Varna the cultural capital of Europe for 2019.
Daniela Ivanova-Dimova has won a number of prestigious awards: