The tenor, Dimiter Uzunov, was born in Stara Zagora on 10 December 1922. After graduating from the Theological School of Sofia he sang in the chorus of the Sofia National Opera until 1948. His vocal studies began at the Music Academy in 1946, first as a baritone but switching to the dramatic tenor repertoire at the advice of his teacher, Christo Brumbarov. His debut was in the title role of Werther in a 1947 production by the Sofia National Opera. After an appearance with the Bolshoi Opera in 1952, there were performances with the Paris Opera in 1958, the Arena di Verona in 1960, La Scala in 1960 and 1961, and at the Salzburg Festival in 1965. Additional engagements included Covent Garden, Barcelona and the Vienna State Opera.
Following a Metropolitan Opera debut as Don Jose in 1958, additional major roles there included Radames, Otello, Canio and Samson. After an unsuccessful throat operation he served as director of the Sofia National Opera. In 1976 he traveled to Vienna working for the Vienna State Opera as a director and then in 1980 performing character roles. While his voice was not truly heroic, a strong presence and good diction allowed him to triumph as Otello, his favorite role. He died in Vienna on the 11 December 1985.
We are pleased to present him here in excerpts of Boris Godunov