Guest of the National Theatre Opera Christina Vasileva was born in Sofia into a Czech-Bulgarian family. After graduating from the Lyubomir Pipkov Conservatoire in 1990, she studied bel canto under Michaela Tomaschov. She launched her international career in 1995 by winning the Antonín Dvořák International Competition in Karlovy Vary. In the same year she was engaged by the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec. Since 2006 she has been a soloist of State Opera Prague. On opera stages she has portrayed the roles of Cio-Cio-San (Puccini: Madama Butterfly), Manon Lescaut (Puccini), Norma (Bellini), Desdemona (Verdi: Othello), Rusalka (Dvořák), Tatyana (Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin), Fiordiligi (Mozart: Cosi fan tutte), as well as Amelia (Verdi: Simon Boccanegra), Elena (Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani), Nedda (Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci), Lauretta (Puccini: Gianni Schicchi), Leonora (Verdi: Il trovatore), Micaela (Bizet: Carmen). Christina Vasileva has appeared as a guest in opera houses in Europe and overseas, with her most noteworthy roles being Rusalka at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb (1996), Cio-Cio-San at the Eutiner Festspiele, in Remscheid and Solingen with the Hamburger Philharmoniker under Hillary Griffith (1999 and 2000), Rusalka at the National Theatre in Prague opposite the tenor Miro Dvorský (2002), Norma at Teatro Puccini in Rhodes (2002) and Desdemona at the Theater Winterthur (2004). She dazzled as Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata during State Opera Prague’s tour of Japan in 2003, including at the Oji Hall in Tokyo. In 1998 and 2003 she performed at opera recitals with Peter Dvorský and the Prague Philharmonia. In 2008 the critics highly acclaimed her performance of the role of Liu (Puccini: Turandot) in Salzburg conducted by Enrico Dovico, as well as her interpretation of Sains-Saëns’s Hélene under Guillaume Tourniaire at State Opera Prague. She was nominated for a Thalia Award 2008 for her portrayal of Mimi in Puccini’s La boheme, “in which she splendidly applied her balanced, colourful and inner soprano, as well as the art of absorbing cantilena and precisely pointed dramatic gradations”. She has worked with the conductors Hillary Griffith, Ondrej Lenárd, Marco Zambelli Enrico Dovico, Leoš Svárovský, Rastislav Štúr and Guillaume Tourniaire, and the stage directors Jozef Bednárik, Ondřej Havelka, Petr Kracik, Václav Věžník. In 2009 she dazzled as the Foreign Princess in Dvořák’s Rusalka at the opera festival in Glyndebourne (conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek, stage director: Melly Still). In the 2009/10 season she appeared as Desdemona in a new production of Verdi’s Othello conducted by Heiko Mathias Förster at State Opera Prague, where she is scheduled to debut in the role of Puccini’s Tosca. In this season she also appeared in the role of Katya (Janáček: Katya Kabanova) at the National Theatre in Prague (conductor: Tomáš Netopil, stage director: Robert Wilson).