Bulgarian-British-American soprano, researcher, and teacher Theodora Ivanova Nestorova loves creating multidisciplinary and cross-cultural musical connections. A vocalist and scholar of diverse interests, Theodora conducts research on Vibrato Variability as well as Slavic Lyric Diction & Repertoire, while working as a voice pedagogue, maintaining a private voice teaching and language coaching studio while serving as a course lecturer/instructor at Framingham State University.
Since 2021, Theodora has been pursuing an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and is a 2018-19 Fulbright Study/Research Grant Recipient to Vienna, Austria, studying MA Lied/Oratorio at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien and voice science/vocology. Theodora received a MM (Vocal Pedagogy & Music-in-Education Concentration) from the New England Conservatory in 2021 and a BM (Voice Performance/Musicology) from Oberlin Conservatory in 2018.
The 2018-2019 first-place winner of the American Prize in Vocal Performance (Art Song), Theodora is an avid early and contemporary musician. She has recorded world premiere compositions for international record label album releases with the Wladigeroff Brothers, at the Bulgarian National Radio, with the Indictus Project, and has performed in New England Conservatory (NEC)'s Liederabend Series in Jordan Hall, Wien Modern Festival, Bang on a Can, and Emmanuel Music’s The Bach Institute. Theodora is one-half of the experimental soprano-cello duo, Pizzicanto.
Theodora was awarded the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA)’s Best Student Presentation and has subsequently presented at The Voice Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Symposium, the 10th International Congress of Voice Teachers, the 7th International Physiology & Acoustics of Singing Conference, the National Opera Association conference, The Voice Foundation’s New Investigator Research Forum, and the International Symposium on Performance Science. Theodora’s work has been published in PAVA’s InFormant & ACTOR's Timbre Lingo Series Peer-Reviewed Publication.