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Pentcheva Mariana, mezzo-soprano
was born in Bulgaria. Her operatic repertoire includes Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera, Preziossila in La forza del destino, Azucena in Il trovatore, Eboli in Don Carlo, Amneris in Aida, Mrs. Quickly in Falstaff, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Cuniza in Oberto (Verdi), Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni), Laura in La Gioconda (Ponchielli), Adalgisa in Norma (Bellini), Venus in Tannhauser, Ortrud in Lohengrin (Wagner), Principessa di Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) and many other roles. She performs regularly at La Scala, the arena di Verona, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the opera houses of Florence, Naples, Rome, Bologna, Trieste, Palermo, Turin, Parma, Catania, Venice, Wexford, Berlin, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Zurich, Dresden, Leipzig, Tokyo, San Diego and others. This is her Israeli Opera debut.