Panayot Dimitrov, tenor

The tenor, Panayot Dimitrov, was born 16 December 1882 in Ruse. After his secondary education at the Odessa Music School he graduated from the Kiev Conservatory. He returned to Bulgaria in 1906 and began work as a voice teacher. In 1908 he was one of the founders of the Bulgarska Operna Drushba (Bulgarian Opera Society).

Following his debut on 18 October 1908 as Manrico in the first performance of the Operna Drushba, Dimitrov continued his vocal education at the Paris Conservatory and went on to specialize in comic opera. From 1910 to 1921 he sang over twenty lead tenor roles with the Bulgarska Operna Drushba and finished his career in 1929 with the Sofia Opera.

Major roles in his career included Faust, Turridu, Manrico, and roles in the operas of Thomas, Smetana and the Bulgarian composer Atanasov.

Panayot Dimitrov died on 19 February 1941.

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