The mezzosoprano Jordanka Milkova completed her training as an opera singer at the Music Academy in her home city of Sofia. She then obtained a pass with distinction from the Swiss Opera Studio at the University of the Arts in Berne and simultaneously accepted key roles at the Ensembletheater Biel-Solothurn. This was followed by engagements on opera and concert stages all over Europe at the Staatstheater Nuremberg, the Helsinki Music Center, the Tampere Hallin Finland, the Tonhalle Zurich, KKL Luzern, Casino Basel, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Philharmonie Sofia, Aalto Theater Essen, Theater Basel, Théâtre National du Luxemburg, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti di Modena, Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg, at the Opernhaus Halle, Augsburg, Freiburg i.Br., Theater am Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Theater Lübeck, Stadttheater Berne, Casino Berne, Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole as at the Oper im Steinbruch in St. Margarethen in Austria and at the Murten Classics.
At the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland she has performed three seasons and celebrated her highly successful Wagner debut as Ortrud with Philippe Auguin as conductor. Subsequently the singer guested also at the Hong Kong Arts Festival with the same role. At the Internationalen Maifestspielen in Wiesbaden Jordanka Milkova sang the role of Venus at the side of Klaus Florian Vogt as Tannhäuser.
Her broad repertoire includes the great mezzo roles such as Carmen, Delilah, Eboli, Amnesia, Ulrica, Marfa, Klythamnestra, Jezibaba, foreign Princess, Nicklausse, Ascanio, the Composer, Annio, Hänsel as well as Fenena, Suzuki, Maddalena, Dorabella, Erda and many more.
As a concert singer, she performs regularly with masterpieces. Her repertoire includes inter alia the Verdi-Requiem, the Requiem by W.A. Mozart, the II.,III. and the VIII. Symphonie by Gustav Mahler, the Sieben Lieder by Alma Mahler, Stabat Mater by Antonin Dvorak, the Symphonie der Klagelieder by Henryk M. Gorecki, Les Nuits d'été by H. Berlioz, Poème de l'amour et de la mer by E. Chausson, the Wesendoncklieder by Richard Wagner.
Several critics in the specialist publication «Opernwelt» nominated Jordanka Milkova as «the best new artiste» for her interpretation of Amneris.
At the Semperoper Dresden Jordanka Milkova gives her house-debut with the titlerole Carmenduring the season of 2020/21. This year the mezzo-soprano will be performing as Klythamnestra at Sofia Opera & Ballet in the Bulgarian premiere of Richard Strauss Elektra. Likewise the artist will perform Mahler’s «Das Lied von der Erde» with the Berner Kammerorchester with Philippe Bach as conductor.
Bern, in November 2020