The tenor, Luben Minchev, was born in Burgas, 23 March 1904. In 1926 he began vocal studies with Dimiter Popivanov at the Conservatory of Music followed by studies in Italy with Alfredo Cecci.
A long and successful career of more than 25 years with the Sofia National Opera followed his debut there in 1928 singing Chekalinsky in Pique Dame by Tchaikovsky. He was famous singing the roles of: Chenier, Alfredo, Rodolfo, Faust, Edgardo, Turrido, Canio and Don Jose. International appearances took him to Italy and Germany. In 1942 he sang the tenor part in Beethovens' Ninth Symphony conducted by Karl Boehm. His repertoire included 96 major roles during his long and successful career.
Luben Minchev died in Sofia on 23 May 1959.
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci Vesti la Giubba
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci No Pagliaccio non son with Neli Karova (1950)