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Vesselina Kasarova


Vesselina Kasarova enjoys the distinction of being one of world’s most celebrated mezzo-sopranos. Her performances in recital, in the concert hall and on the operatic stage are greeted by audiences and critics with equal enthusiasm.

Born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, Vesselina Kasarova started playing the piano at the age of four. She received a diploma in piano performance, but abandoned her initial goal to become a concert pianist to pursue a career as a singer.

After graduating from the Music Academy in Sofia in vocal performance, she sang major roles in the capital of Bulgaria. In 1989, Kasarova was awarded the first prize at the New Voices competition in GĂĽtersloh, Germany and was engaged by the Opera House of Zurich. In 1991, she performed at the Salzburg Festival for the first time. Shortly thereafter, she made her debut as Rosina at the Vienna State Opera where she performed regularly as a guest artist for the next two years. Within a short time, she won the hearts of the audience, becoming “the darling of the public.â€? Since then, she has performed at all the major international opera houses including La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, OpĂ©ra Bastille and OpĂ©ra Garnier in Paris, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Liceo Barcelona, Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Munich State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Amsterdam’s De Nederlandse Opera, New York’s Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Kasarova has gained international renown for her interpretation of Mozart operas, the bel canto fach and French opera. She has worked with such illustrious conductors as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Colin Davis, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim and Riccardo Muti, and has performed concerts and recitals in the great music capitals of the world – Milan, Paris, Munich, Berlin, Rome, Vienna, Dresden, Hamburg, Madrid, Barcelona, Chicago, New York and Tokyo. She is a regular guest artist at the Salzburg Summer Festival; the Munich Opera Festival and the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Italy.

Her discography for BMG Classic includes Tancredi, Werther, I Capuleti e i Montecchi and La favorita, as well as CDs of arias from the Italian and French repertoire. She has also released a recording of Bulgarian songs, a lieder CD, and a recording of music by Berlioz and Ravel. On the Sony label, Kasarova can be heard in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri and Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito.

Vesselina Kasarova

photo Susanne Schwiertz

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