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Vesselina Kasarova

Country of origin: Bulgaria
Birthday: July 18, 1965

About Vesselina Kasarova

Vesselina Kasarova (born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) studied with Ressa Koleva in the Sofia Music Academy after completing her concert diploma. In 1989, she began a two-year contract at the Zurich opera, where she was celebrated as a great discovery. In the same year, she won the first prize at the German vocal competition “New Voices” in Gütersloh.

In 1991, Kasarova made her debut in the Salzburg Festival as Annio in a revival of “La clemenza di Tito” under the direction of Sir Colin Davis. In the same year, she appeared as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia in a much-admired debut at the Vienna State Opera under Donald Runnicles.

In roles from Mozart (Cherubino, Idamante, Sesto, Dorabella) and Rossini (Rosina, Tancredi, Isabella, Angelina) and also such roles as Romeo (“I Capuleti e i Montecchi”), Giovanna Seymour (“Anna Bolena”), and Charlotte (“Werther”), she has appeared as a guest in theaters such as the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, the Royal Opera House in London, the Deutsche Opera in Berlin, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Opéra National in Paris (in both the Bastille and Palais Garnier theaters), the Lyric Opera in Chicago, and the opera in San Francisco. Kasarova has worked with the conductors Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Colin Davis, Pinchas Steinberg, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Marcello Viotti, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Recitals and concerts have taken Kasarova to Munich, Berlin, Rome, Paris, La Scala in Milan, Wigmore Hall in London, and Carnegie Hall in New York; and she has recorded numerous CDs, many of which have been awarded prizes.


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