picture of the singerPetar Raichev, tenor

The tenor, Petar Raichev, was born in Varna on 9 March 1887. Following vocal studies in St. Petersburg with Umberto Mazetti and in Naples with Fernando de Luca, he made his debut in 1913 at St. Petersburg. He left Russia in 1920 after singing the roles of Lensky, Herman, Canio and Rodolfo, primarily at St. Petersburg, to spend the next 15 years singing in Italy, Vienna, Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden and Paris.

After major roles with the Berlin and Vienna State Opera houses in 1924, he joined the Opera Russe in Paris in 1930 where touring took him throughout Europe and South America. Following an engagement with the National Opera of Zagreb between 1934 and 1935, he returned to Bulgaria to sing with the Sofia National Opera, adding to his Russian roles Count Almaviva, Alfredo and the Duke in Rigoletto. In 1947 he was responsible for creating an opera company in his town of birth, Varna. Upon retiring from singing in 1950 he taught vocal studies at the State Academy of Music until his death on 31 August 1960 in Sofia.

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Puccini: La boheme Che gelida manina
Thomas: Mignon Elle ne croyais pas