Bulgarian soprano Stefka Evstatieva made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Elisabetta in DON CARLO in 1984. I was among the audience, and, although she was paired with a struggling tenor, she managed to make a very good impression, especially in "Tu che le vanita".
Following this single performance, the soprano was not heard at The Met again until 1990. She sang there intermittently during the '90s, as Maddalena in ANDREA CHENIER, Amelia in BALLO IN MASCHERA, and Santuzza in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA. Meanwhile, she was singing at major opera houses in Europe and South America, as well as other US and Canadian cities.
Following her retirement from the stage, Ms. Evstatieva helped to found the Bulgarian Children's Chorus and School Gergana here in New York City.