Manca

MancaManca IzmajlovaPhoto: Igor Skobelev

Manca Izmajlova (pronounced "Mantsa Izmaylova") is a singer of many dimensions. Mezzo-soprano, known for her versatility, the beauty and depth of her voice, combined with a strong emotional performance. Goosebumps, tears and laughter, feeling of being in another world is what people in the audience talk about over and over again after her concerts.

In her career Manca has performed all around the world, in more than 1000 performances and solo concerts. She performs in several genres (opera, crossover, musical, jazz...) and sings in 25 languages.

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

Manca Izmajlova, a born Slovenian, graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, UK and studied opera singing at the Academic Music College Tchaikovsky in Moscow, Russia. It is there she fell in love with Slavic melodic and discovered the immense richness of Slavic songs.

She and her husband Benjamin Izmajlov (violinist, composer, conductor and music producer) recorded and released the albums "Slavic Soul" and "Slovene heart". These unique music projects of the „crossover“ genre 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 sought after artists. She even had her own Saturday evening TV show on national TV SLO 1. The show featured National Radio Big Band Orchestra.

Some of the most splendid concerts include the Gala opening concert of 4th Slavic Festival in Moscow 2008, with State Philharmonic Orchestra of Pavel Kogan, 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). 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 newly orchestrated collection of most significant and beautiful songs from Slovenia. The album was premiered at the 42nd Ljubljana Festival, with the Symphonic Orchestra of Slovenian Soloists under the leadership of Benjamin Izmajlov, who is also the composer and producer of the project.

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! Recently, she got a standing ovations at the Cairo Opera House for her performance of Umm Kulthum's Alf leila wa leila - one of the most beautiful and cherished songs from the Arabic world. In 2008 Manca and her husband were also awarded the special medal for inter-cultural relations from the Russian Orthodox Church “Cyrill and Methodius”. Through the years they both received countless letters of gratitude from Ambassadors.

Manca Izmajlova’s repertoire is simply vast. It 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 Nights"), where more than 2000 singers took part. You can listen to her performance here.

Contrary to her numerous successes, Manca Izmajlova remains down to earth and above all - a loving mother of two young daughters. At all of her concerts she conducts the program spontaneously by herself. Her performances reflect her love towards her homeland, its culture and Music in general. Everything she does, she does with her heart!

Manca Izmajlova is a brand ambassador of the Viennese jewelry house FREYWILLE.


"The usual Moscow carefulness and coldness to the new soloists has melted away at the third song, the applauses were getting stronger and stronger and - true ovations in the end. The concert was long, it lasted 3 hours together with encores. The spoiled and unpredictable audience in Moscow is used to getting up and many people leave the hall before the long concerts are completely over. This time, it was maybe 3 or 4 people out of 1.500. It was a complete success, a triumph that many would give their life for..."
(Russian Press covering her first Moscow concert)

"A stunning opera performance!"
(The Copenhagen Post)

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