Stefanna Kybalova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1980. She studied the piano at the Prague Conservatoire and, from 1990, at the “Verdi” Conservatoire, Milan. At the age of 11, she was chosen by Bruno Casoni to be in the children’s choir at the Teatro alla Scala. Soon after, she began her study of opera singing in conservatoires, attending a course by Elio Battaglia on Bellini’s music (2000), masterclasses by Jordi Savall (2002) and Sara Mingardo (2003) on early music, as well as a masterclass by Ernesto Palacio on bel canto (2004). In addition, she attended Katia Ricciarelli’s courses for young opera singers at the Accademy in Parma.
In 2002, she was admitted to a course at Deutchlandsberg, in Austria, to finish her training. At the end of the course, she was awarded a scholarship as best student and made her debut in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at the Lassnitz Theatre (2003). In the same year, she was winner of the As.Li.Co. (“Italian Opera and Concert Association”) Competition for young opera singers. This success enabled her to make her first appearance in Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Teatro Sociale in Como, at the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, at the Teatro Grande in Brescia and at the Teatro Fraschini in Pavia. With the Circuito Lirico Lombardo (“Lombardy Opera Circuit”) of the As.Li.Co., she took part in the Opera Tomorrow Project, making a first appearance in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Lombardy opera houses already mentioned, as well as at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, the Teatro dell’Arte in Milan and the Teatro Comunale in Modena. In September 2003, she took part in the Galuppi Festival in Venice in a production of Galuppi’s Il Caffè di Campagna and, the following October, first appeared in Verdi’s Rigoletto in Milan. She was, moreover, winner of the Sergio Dragoni Competition (2002), the Jolanda Magnoni Competition for soprano soloists (2003), and the International Tagliavini Competition (2004). Prominent among her recent engagements were Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment at Teatro Lassnitz in Deutchlandsberg, Galuppi’s La Partenza ed il Ritorno dei Marinari at the Galuppi Festival in Venice and Scarlatti’s La Caduta dei Decemviri in Siena. She had already made her first appearance in the latter opera at the Opera Barga in July 2004. In addition, she sang in a number of concerts, important among which were those at the Cà Rezzonico Museum in Venice and Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. She made a first appearance as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa and in Verdi’s Falstaffin Busseto for the Parma Toscanini Foundation, where she also sang in Rigoletto with Leo Nucci recently. She performed in Carmina Burana at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Messina and was the First Wood Nymph in a production of Dvorák’s Rusalka at the Teatro Regio in Turin.
In the summer of 2007, she will appear in the part of Annina in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Arena di Verona.