Pendachanska, Alexandrina [Alex Penda ]
- Milena Bozhikova
[Alex Penda ]
(b Sofia, Bulgaria, Sept 24, 1970). Bulgarian opera soprano . She has worked under the pseudonym Alex Penda since May 2012. She was born into a well-known family of musicians; her grandfather is Sasha Popov, one of the most prestigious figures in 20th century Bulgaria, a violinist, conductor, and the founder of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra; her mother, the soprano Valerie Popova, sang regularly at La Scala (1983–6) and was Pendachanska’s first vocal teacher. Pendachanska graduated from the National School of Music, Sofia, with a degree in piano and singing. She made her debut at 17 as Violetta in La traviata. She won the Antonin Dvorak International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary at age 19 (1989), the International Vocal Competition in Bilbao (second prize, 1988), and the UNISA singing competition in Pretoria (1990). Since her international début as Lucia di Lammermoor in Bilbao (...