The baritone, Nikola Smochevski, was born in Dupnitsa on 3 November 1927. He began his professional career with the Plovdiv Opera, debuting in 1953 in The Bartered Bride. In 1965 he became a member of the Sofia National Opera where he established a long and successful career as a leading baritone performing in more than 40 different roles. Major roles in his career included Rigoletto, Macbeth, Iago, Scarpia, Amonasro, di Luna, Gerard in Andrea Chenier, Belcore, Escamillo, Prince Igor and Tomsky in Pikovaya Dama.
Giordano: Andrea Chenier Nemico della patria
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci "Prologue"
Verdi: Rigoletto Pari siamo!