Soprano DVORA DJORAEV, a member of San Francisco Opera Chorus since 1992, hails from New Jersey. At age 23, during a solo trip in her VW Bug across the US and Mexico, she fell in love the Bay Area, which she has since called home.
Ms. Djoraev has had a lifelong love of music. A self-taught guitarist, she sang and performed throughout her early years. But it was after watching a Pavarotti special that she decided to become an opera singer. After 6 months of voice lessons, she was accepted into the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she recieved her Bachelor of Music degree.
Ms. Djoraev has sung many roles with the Company, including Ortlinde (Die Walküre), a shepherd boy (Tosca), Maria (La Forza del Destino), an artichoke seller (Louise), a Voice (Doctor Faustus), a Madrigal Singer (Manon Lescaut), a Noble Orphan (Der Rosencavalier), Georgette (La Rondine) and a sadomasochist in the world premiere & recording of Harvey Milk. She has sung Violetta (La Traviata) and Gilda (Rigoletto) with West Bay Opera, as well as the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) with Cinnabar Opera, Desdemona (Otello) with San Francisco Lyric Opera, the Soprano Soloist in the televised performance of Handel's Messiah with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra, and Daphne in the U.S. premiere of Albinoni's Il Nascimento dell'Aurora with City Concert Opera Orchestra.
Besides opera and classical music, other interests include physical fitness, creative writing, Latin music and dance, natural health and healing, personal growth, spirituality, metaphysics, and ontology.
She currently resides in Novato, where she practises yoga, hikes, swims, and is happily exploring the backroads of Marin County.
Ms. Djoraev will be be singing the role of the Second Touriere in the upcoming season's production of Suor Angelica.