Bulgarian-British-American soprano, researcher, and teacher Theodora Ivanova Nestorova loves creating interdisciplinary and cross-cultural musical connections. Theodora was a 2018-2019 Fulbright Study/Research Grant Recipient to Vienna, Austria, studying MA Lied/Oratorio at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien and conducting voice science research. Theodora is currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD at McGill University's Schulich School of Music, graduated in 2021 with a MM (Vocal Pedagogy & Music-in-Education Concentration) from the New England Conservatory, and a BM (Voice Performance/Musicology) from Oberlin Conservatory in 2018.
As a scholar, Theodora was awarded the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA)’s Best Student Presentation for her original vibrato research and has 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.
Serving on the e-board of International Montréal National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Chapter/ NATS International Chapître, Theodora is an active pedagogue, continuing to maintain a private voice teaching and language coaching studio while serving as a course lecturer/instructor at Framingham State University.
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.
An emerging opera singer, Theodora’s recent operatic credits include Tamiri (Il re pastore) [New England Conservatory Opera], Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Noémie (Cendrillon), and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) [Schlosstheater Schönbrunn], as well as Oberto (Alcina) [Oberlin Opera Theater], and Amore (L’incoronazione di Poppea) [Oberlin in Italy]. Theodora was a featured soloist in Mozart’s Requiem (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Brookline), Handel’s Messiah (Credo Music—Oberlin), and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (Oberlin Mozart Players).
Theodora has been previously awarded the NEC Low Latency Project Grant for her FastMusic Project via the NEC Voice & Sound Analysis Lab / Entrepreneurial Musicianship during the COVID-19 global health pandemic to facilitate ensemble jam sessions between front line medical workers who are students in the Boston Hope Teaching Project, a collaboration between NEC Community Performances & Partnerships and Massachusetts General Hospital. Theodora also received the 2018-2019 Oberlin Alumni Fellowship Grant Awarded for curating, organizing, performing, and recording a themed concert program of works by unknown Slavic Women Composers and Poets in Plovdiv, the 2019 European Capital of Culture at the Balabanov House Music Days International Festival.
She is a formerly competitive figure skater and pentalinguaphile with a passion for traveling internationally. For more information, visit: theodoranestorova.com