Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova studied violin at the Conservatory in Rousse and singing and violin at the Plovdiv Music Academy. Her performances in next season’s Don Carlo will mark her San Francisco Opera company debut.
She made her professional debut in 1995 at Sofia National Opera, where she sang a wide range of repertory: Gilda (Rigoletto), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Cecilia (Il Guarany), Delila (Gomes’s I Fosca), Rachel (La Juive), Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) and Ilia (Idomeneo).
She has also performed Violetta (La Traviata) at the Metropolitan Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Royal Opera; Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Berlin State Opera and the Finnish National Opera; Rachel at New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv and the Ravenna Festival; Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; Nedda (I Pagliacci) at Carnegie Hall; Valentine (Les Huguenots), Lida (La Battaglia di Lignano) and the title role of Anna Bolena at Hamburg State Opera; Mimì (La Bohème) in Cologne, Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera; Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Zürich and Baden-Baden; Rossini's Stabat Mater in Rio de Janeiro; Micaëla (Carmen) at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera and at the Salzburg Festival; Antonia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann) at Turin’s Teatro Regio; Desdemona (Otello) in Munich and the Metropolitan Opera; Elisabetta (Don Carlo) at the Vienna State Opera; the title role of Luisa Miller at Deutsche Oper Berlin; the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Vienna State Opera; Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra) in Chicago and Munich; Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) at the Royal Opera; Anna Bolena and the title role of Rusalka at the Vienna State Opera; Lenore (Il trovatore) and Mathilde (Guillaume Tell) at the Bavaria State Opera; and Marguerite (Faust) at Paris Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin.
In October 2009 she was appointed Kammersängerin by the Vienna State Opera.