The baritone, Konstadin Shekerliiski, was born 22 December 1921 in Blagoevgrad. Until 1940 he was a common worker and sang as a pastime in a church chorus. His first lessons were from the conductor of the Chorus Soloviov. In 1940 he studied at the State Academy of Music as a student of Mara Marinova Tzibulka in addition to singing in the Kaval Chorus.
In 1944 he was a soloist in the State Radio Chorus and from 1949 to 1950 sang in the Military Chorus. His debut with the Sofia National Opera was in 1952 singing Morales in Carmen. From 1953-54 he traveled to Moscow for further studies. In 1954 he sang Prince Igor with the Bolshoi Theater. He returned to Bulgaria that same year and became a regular soloist.
Major roles in his career included Germond, Di Luna, Rigoletto, Iago and Boris Godunov.
Borodin: Prince Igor Ni sna, ni otdikha
Rubinstein: The Demon "Aria of the Demon"
We are pleased to present him here in excerpts of Il trovatore.