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MANCA IZMAJLOVA

Mezzo-soprano

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Manca Izmajlova (pronounced “Mantsa Izmaylova”) is a Slovenian mezzo-soprano, known for her versitility, the soft timbre of her voice and powerful emotional performance.

In her career Manca Izmajlova has performed all around the world, in more than 1200 performances. She sings in several genres (opera, traditional songs, musical theatre, jazz) in 25 languages.

Best known for her classical crossover project "The Slavic Soul" (www.theslavicsoul.com), a unique collection of songs from 13 Slavic countries and cultures, recorded in thrilling new orchestrations, with Russian State Symphony Cinema Orchestra.

Manca Izmajlova graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, UK and studied opera singing at the Academic Music College Tchaikovsky in Moscow, Russia. It was there she recorded her first symphonic albums "Slavic Soul" ("Far Away") and "Slovene heart". These unique music projects achieved major success, were sold in platinum and released internationally. Slovene Heart was the official present of the Slovenian Government during the presidency to the EU in 2008.

At home in Slovenia Manca Izmajlova is one of the most saught after artists. She even had her own TV show on National TV.
Some of the most splendid concerts include The Slavic Soul Tour with symphonic orchestra and choir which saw sold out halls in Ljubljana (Cankar Hall), Belgrade (Sava Centre), Moscow (Grand Hall of the Moscow Philharmonic Society) and others - most recently Cairo (Cairo Opera House) and a double concert in Armenia. Manca Izmajlova loves to cross genres and to sing in duets, as she has done with the Italian star Francesco Renga.

In 2016 Manca Izmajlova released a new album, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of her homeland Slovenia – "Songs of My Home". A collection of most significant songs from Slovenia, recorded with Russian State Symphony Cinema Orchestra and Chamber Choir AVE. The album was premiered at the 42nd Ljubljana Festival.
She is currently in the process of recording her 5th studio album - a selection of the most beautiful Russian songs of the 20th century in new orchestrations.  The project, supported by the largest Russian non-govermental cultural institution "Russkiy mir" is due to be released in January 2018

With her devotion to bring beauty to people’s lives Manca Izmajlova is constantly reaching out to other cultures. That way her repertoire includes songs in 25 languages already!
In 2008 Manca and her husband Benjamin Izmajlov (violinist, composer, conductor, producer) were awarded the special medal for inter-cultural relations from the Russian Orthodox Church “Cyrill and Methodius”. Through the years they both recieved countless letters of gratitude from highest state representatives.

Manca Izmajlova’s repertoire encompasses almost every genre written for the voice. Although being a foreigner, Manca Izmajlova received first award at a singing competition dedicated to 100th anniversary of birth of composer V. Solovev-Sedoy (the author of the famous "Moscow Nigts"), where more than 2000 singers took part.

Contrary to her numerous successes, Manca Izmajlova remains down to earth and above all - a loving mother of two daughters. Everything she does, she does with her heart!

Manca Izmajlova is a brand ambassador of the Viennese jewelry house FREYWILLE.
Slovenska pevka mezzosopranistka, z več kot 15-letno uspešno kariero v Sloveniji in tujini. Za seboj ima več kot 1200 nastopov, v repertoarju pa približno 400 pesmi. Poje v 25 jezikih, med njimi na primer v arabščini, jidišu, japonščini, finščini, svahiliju... V Londonu je študirala gledališko igro in muzikal (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts), v Moskvi pa operno petje (Akademski glasbeni kolidž P.I. Čajkovskega). Prav zato, ker je svojo kariero pričela z muzikal in jazz repertoarjem, potem pa znanje še nadgradila z opero, se odlično znajde v različnih žanrih; tako v petju brez mikrofona kot z njim. Brezhibno govori angleško in rusko, svoje koncerte povezuje sama.

Posnela je tri albume z Ruskim državnim simfončnim orkestrom kinematografije: "Slovanska duša" in "Slovensko srce" (oba pri nas prodana v platinasti nakladi) in pred letom dni še "Pesmi mojih krajev" (www.pesmimojihkrajev.si). Vsi albumi v novih simfoničnih priredbah oživljajo slovanske in slovenske pesmi. V svojem podajanju teh pesmi je Manca Izmajlova zagotovo nekaj posebnega, tako na slovenskem, kot mednarodnem glasbenem prizorišču. Koncertna različica njenih projektov, pod naslovom "The Slavic Soul" (www.theslavicsoul.com) redno gostuje v dvoranah po vsem svetu, nedavno na primer na koncertih z orkestrom v Operi Kairo in Armeniji. Je edina Slovenka, ki je v zadnjih desetjih s solističnim koncertom napolnila Sava center v Beogradu, prav tako pa Moskovsko Filharmonijo.

Posebno poglavje njene kariere je Rusija, kjer pogosto gostuje. V zadnjem letu je npr. nastopila v Mestni hiši v Moskvi in v Kremlju, redno gostuje v različnih programih Moskovske filharmonije. Pela je že pred številnimi pomembnimi ruskimi osebami, kot sta Patriarh Kiril in predsednik Putin, minister Lavrov pa se ji je v svojem govoru posebej zahvalil za čudovit glasbeni nastop. Pred dvema letoma je bila povabljena, da kot edina glasbena gostja nastopi na osrednji slovesnosti Veleposlaništva Rusije v Kopenhagnu ob 70. letnici konca 2. svetovne vojne. The Copenhagen Post je ob tej priložnosti napisal, da je bil to "a stunning opera performance". Z možem Benjaminom Izmajlovom (violinist, skladatelj, dirigent in glasbeni producent) sta prejemnika najvišjega priznanja za medkulturne stike od Ruske cerkve - Medaljo Sv. Cirila in Metoda. Manca Izmajlova je pred leti tudi zmagala na pevskem tekmovanju v Moskvi, v petju skladb V. Solovev - Sedova (avtorja znamenitih Podmoskovnie Vechera), med več kot 2000 udeleženci. Manca in Benjamin pri podpori največje ruske nevladne kulturne organizacije "Russkiy mir" zadnje mesece snemata nov projekt z Ruskim državnim simfoničnim orkestrom kinematografije - nove simfonične priredbe najlepših ruskih pesmi 20.stoletja. Projekt bo predvidoma izšel  januarju 2018 in bo predstavljen v Rusiji, Sloveniji in po vsem svetu.

Manca Izmajlova je tesno povezana tudi z Avstrijo, kot ambasadorka dunajske hiše nakita FREYWILLE pogosto nastopa na njihovih dogodkih v Sloveniji, Avstriji in drugod. Benjamin Izmajlov je ustanovitelj "Slovenskega diplomatskega koncerta", kar njuno delo večkrat letno poveže z različnimi veleposlaništvi, enkrat letno pa na osrednjem koncertu zbereta vse tuje veleposlanike v Sloveniji. Slovenski diplomatski koncert ima podporo Ministrstva za zunanje zadeve in častno pokroviteljstvo Predsednika Slovenije.

Poleg dolgoletnih oderskih izkušenj, glasbenega znanja in poznavanja širokega repertoarja, pa je zagotovo njena največja vrlina na odru neizmerna srčnost in predanost glasbi, ki jo izžareva na koncertih. Prav to je tisto, ki vedno znova navduši in prepriča publiko po vsem svetu.