The bass, Michail Popov, was born on 21 September 1899 in Pleven. He began vocal studies at the Conservatory of Sofia and then finished in Naples.
After starting his career as a concert singer he became a member of the Sofia National Opera in 1927 where for the next 40 years he was a very popular soloist with the audiences. In addition to his Italian and German repertoire, he was known for his portrayals of Boris Godunov, Prince Galitski and Gremin. His repertoire was quite extensive not only on the opera stage but also on the concert stage, where he continued to sing after retiring from opera. In 1964 he was appointed a professor at the Sofia Academy of Music.
Michail Popov was the first in a long chain of great Bulgarian basses that were produced before the Second World War. He died on 15 August 1978.
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