Stars of Bulgarian Opera

The cultural wealth of Bulgaria is suggested by the number and quality of singers who have achieved international stature. We are pleased to present many of them here in recordings selected from various sources, notably including Bulgarian National Radio.

Many of the earlier recordings are sung in Bulgarian; in common with European practice until recent years, Bulgaria presented opera in the local language. Our purpose here is to present the artists, not to explore linguistics, so we trust that you will find the performances rewarding even if you are unfamiliar with the language. In order to honor the artist and to inform you, we have provided the proper pronunciation of each singer's name on his or her page; simply click on that name in the headline to hear it spoken in Bulgarian.

Nadia Afejan, mezzo
Valentina Aleksandrova, soprano
Anastas Anastasov, baritone
Liliana Anastasova, soprano
Christina Angelakova, mezzo
Ekaterina Apostolova, soprano
Rafael Arie, bass
Lilyana Bareva, soprano
Rumiana Bareva, soprano
Maria Belcheva, soprano
Georgi Belev, tenor
Liubomir Bodurov, tenor
Maria Bohachek, soprano
Neli Bojkova, mezzo
Christo Brambarov, baritone
Georgi Cholakov, tenor
Boris Christoff, bass
Penka Dilova, mezzo
Jordanka Dimcheva, mezzo
Panayot Dimitrov, tenor
Ghena Dimitrova, soprano
Serafima Dineva, soprano
Rumen Doikov, tenor
Stefan Elenkov, bass
Pavel Elmazov, bass
Georgi Enev, bass
Stefka Evstatieva, soprano
Georgi Genov, baritone
Pavel Gerdjikov, bass
Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass
Nicola Ghiuselev, bass
Petar Gougaloff, tenor
Ludmilla Hadjieva, soprano
Tosko Iliev, tenor
Niko Isakov, baritone
Atanas Ivanov, tenor
Ilija Jossifov, tenor
Elisaveta Jovovich, soprano
Raina Kabaivanska, soprano
Kaludi Kaludov, tenor
Blagovseta Karnobatlova, soprano
Vesselina Kasarova, mezzo
Penka Koeva, soprano
Radka Konforti, soprano
Julian Konstantinov, bass
Ivan Konsulov, baritone
Boika Koseva, mezzo
Todor Kostov, tenor
Svetlana Kotlenko, mezzo
Aleksandar Kraev, baritone
Kiril Krastev, baritone
Margarette Lilova, mezzo
Michail Liutzkanov, baritone
Stefan Makedonsky, tenor
Pavel Manolov, bass
Penka Marinova, soprano
Sonia Marinova, soprano
Sabin Markov, baritone
Todor Mazarov, tenor
Konstantin Michailov-Stojan, tenor
Raina Mihailova, soprano
Alexandrina Milcheva, mezzo
Aleksei Milkovski, bass
Luben Minchev, tenor
Zhelyu Minchev, baritone
Stefka Mineva, mezzo
Christina Morfova, soprano
Elena Nicolai, mezzo
Bojidar Nikolov, tenor
Nikola Nikolov, tenor
Mariana Paunova, mezzo
Mariana Pencheva, mezzo
Alexandrina Pendachanska, soprano
Reni Penkova, mezzo
Dimiter Petkov, bass
Ivan Petrov, baritone
Petar Petrov, baritone
Sijka Petrova, soprano
Ivan Popov, baritone
Michail Popov, bass
Stoyan Popov, baritone
Ilka Popova, mezzo
Katja Popova, mezzo
Valerie Popova, soprano
Virginia Popova, mezzo
Petar Raichev, tenor
Sabcho Sabev, baritone
Galina Savova, soprano
Asen Selimski, baritone
Konstadin Shekerliiski, baritone
Nikola Smochevski, baritone
Katya Spiridonova, soprano
Dimiter Stanchev, bass
Raina Stoyanova, mezzo
Nadia Svilarova, soprano
Tzvetana Tabakova, soprano
Darina Takova, soprano
Anna Todorova, soprano
Nadia Todorova, soprano
Anna Tomowa-Sintow, soprano
Penka Toromanova, soprano
Stefan Tsiganchev, bass
Tanya Tzokova, mezzo
Dimiter Uzunov, tenor
Lilyana Vassileva, soprano
Svetelina Vassileva, soprano
Liubomir Vishegonov, bass
Ivan Voulpe, bass
Ljuba Welitsch, soprano
Spas Wenkoff, tenor
Julia Wiener, soprano
Galina Yoncheva, soprano
Nikolai Zdravkov, tenor
Michail Zidarov, baritone
Sonia Zlatkova, soprano
Petar Zolotovich, baritone