Manca Izmajlova (pronounced “Mantsa Izmaylova”) is a Slovenian mezzo-soprano, known for her versitility, the soft timbre of voice and powerful emotional performance.
In her career Manca Izmajlova has performed all around the world in more than 1000 concerts. Her repertoire includes hundreds of songs, classical pieces and arias. She sings in 24 languages.
Her best known project is "The Slavic Soul" (orig. Slovanska duša), a collection of songs from Slavic countries, recorded in thrilling new orchestrations with Russian State Symphony Cinema Orchestra.
The original album was released in 2007. It was immediately sold out and achieved platinum sale in Slovenia. Soon after it was released in Asia, titled "Far Away". The first CD edition included songs of various eras and genres from eight Slavic countries.
Her interpretations of Chopin's "Tristesse", Dvorak's "Songs My Mother Tought Me" and the fiery Russian romance "Those Were the Days" have become among the most popular versions of these songs in the world. The public demanded to listen to the live performance, and here is where "The Slavic Soul" story really began...
Manca Izmajlova was studying opera singing at the Academic Music College of P.I. Tchaikovsky in Moscow and graduated from acting and musical theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. She also learned from several acknowledged singing professors in Slovenia and Austria.
Her favourite classical repertoire is Dalila (Samson and Dalila), Charlotte (Werther), Carmen (Carmen), Konchakovna (Prince Igor), Polina (Dame Pique), Isabella (L'Italiana in Algeri), among other. Her rich-timbred voice also suits the works of Haendel, Bach and Mahler very well. Her great love is chamber repertoire - especially Austrian, French and Russian.
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 24 languages and is growing with every year. Beside her native Slovenian she speaks fluent English, Russian, German and Italian.
In her home Slovenia she is one of the most saught-after artists. She even had her own show on National TV. Her second symphonic album "Slovene Heart" (orig. Slovensko srce) was the official present of the Slovenian Government during the presidency to the EU in 2008. Manca Izmajlova is regulary invited to perform at highest state events.
In 2008 Manca and her husband Benjamin Izmajlov (violinist, composer, conductor, music producer) were awarded the special medal for inter-cultural relations from the Russian Orthodox Church “Cyrill and Methodius”.
Although being a foreigner, Manca Izmajlova received the first award at a Russian singing competition dedicated to 100th anniversary of birth of composer V. Solovev-Sedoy (the author of famous "Moscow Nigts"). More than 2000 singers took part.
In 2016 Manca Izmajlova released an album, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Slovenia – "Songs of My Home" (orig. Pesmi mojih krajev). A collection of most significant songs from her homeland, newly orchestrated and recorded with symphonic orchestra and two choirs - featuring more than 140 musicians and singers. The album was premiered at the 42nd Ljubljana Festival.
She has just released her most challenging project so far - a selection of beloved Russian songs from the 20th century in new orchestrations, with Russian State Symphony Cinema Orchestra and Maestro Segei Skripka. Manca Izmajlova is very honoured that "The Russian Collection" album was supported by the largest Russian non-govermental cultural institution "Russkiy mir".
Manca Izmajlova is a brand ambassador of the Viennese jewelry house FREYWILLE.