Krassen Karagiozov

Concert Recording:  March Forth to Mozart; 3 & 4 March, 2012

Krassen_Karagiozov_300WBaritone Krassen Karagiozov was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, where he began his musical studies as a pianist. He participated in and won international competitions in both piano and voice, including the “Tz. Diakovich” in Sofia. In addition to concert work as a collaborative pianist in Bulgaria, Turkey, and USA he appeared as baritone soloist for a recital and recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio. During the 2008 - 2009 season, he made his debut as a member of Opera San José‘s resident principal artists, appearing in the title role of Eugene Onegin, Sgt. Belcore (The Elixir of Love), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Escamillo (Carmen). Roles performed recently by Mr. Karagiozov include Gianni Schicchi for Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Silvio in I Paggliacci, Marcello in La Boheme, Figaro in Barbiere di Siviglia, Angelotti in Tosca , Vronsky in Anna Karenina, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Lescaut in Manon for OSJ. Among the roles that he has performed are Masetto, Germont, Sharpless, Don Giovanni, Tarquinius, Silvio, Schaunard, Harlequin, Peter, Raoul de Gardefeu and Prometheus. Mr. Karagiozov has appeared with opera companies such as Opera Carolina, Opera San José, Lake George Opera Festival, Spoleto Opera Festival, Aspen Opera Theater, The Opera Company of North Carolina, Opera Roanoke, Piedmont Opera Theater and Capital Opera Raleigh. He has also appeared as a soloist for the Symphony Silicon Valley, the Bulgarian Radio-Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Chamber Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, and Enid Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring the world-renowned soprano Leona Mitchell. Mr. Karagiozov is a North Carolina district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and First Prize winner of the Charlotte Opera Guild Competition as well as a finalist of the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition and Heinz Rehfuss Vocal Competition. Future engagements include Henry in The Gift of the Magi for Hidden Valley and debut for NYCO as Marquis D’Obigny in La Traviata .


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