{short description of image}Michail Zidarov, baritone

The baritone, Michail Zidarov, was born in Burgas. As a youngster he worked back stage at the opera house and hung posters announcing the various opera productions. His first musical studies were in the music school in Varna. Later his teachers included Petar Raichev, Sabcho Sabev and Christo Brambarov.

His debut was as Silvio in Pagliacci followed by performances as Figaro, Valentin, Galetsky, etc. He became one of the most important Bulgarian singers after 1944. Additional roles he was associated with were Marcello, Malatesta, Almaviva, Rigoletto, Onegin, Renato and Papageno. The diversity of his repertoire is shown by his performances in Ariadne Auf Naxos by Richard Strauss and Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten.

After 40 years on stage in fifty different roles, Zidarov had sung Rossini's Figaro in 117 performances.

Donizetti: Don Pasquale Bella siccome un angelo
Giordano: Andrea Chenier Nemico della patria
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Donne mie, la fate a tanti

We are pleased to present him here in Un ballo in maschera