Roumen Doykov as Radames
Sento una forza
In RA format
Doykov is Bulgarian and has sung with the Sofia Opera Il Guarany and Fosca. From the existing tapes of live performances, Doykov sounds like a real spinto. Doykov seems to have the right stuff. Here is the Guarany duo with Krassamira Stoyanova: Sento una forza.
Here is a review of Doykov's recent performances in S. Paulo by Dr. Eduardo Gabarra:
In the beginning of the week (Email dated 5/4/98), I went to Sao Paulo to hear Fosca and Aida
with the company of The Bulgarian National Theatre. One of the attractions
was to be Roumen Doykov as Paolo and Radames. Unfortunately he sang only
the Fosca and showed a voice of quite good size, though not enormous by any
means, beautiful timbre, more so than it appears on the recordings, and a
fair amount of squillo. His musicality was unimpeachable but his acting was
close to non-existent. All in all he may be the best Verdi spinto tenor now
before the public (though who knows what may be hidden in Eastern Europe
the former Soviet Union).
In the Aida Doykov was replaced by one Nikolai Raichev, a curious tenor,
who was in the alternate cast for Fosca. The voice is not very large or
beautiful except at the top, where it becomes ringing and squilante. A sort
of Todor Mazarov, though quite deficient in terms of musicality, phrasing,
In RA Format
Roumen Doykov was born in Sofia on the 1st of May 1951. After singing in the famous children's chorus Bodra Smiana, he attended the State
Academy of Music as a student of Konstantin Karapetrov and graduated in 1977. In 1978, he joined the Sofia National Opera and made his debut
there in November 1979 as Hoffman. He has since been the leading tenor of that company. In 1979, he continued additional studies in Weimar
with Pavel Lisistian and in 1982 was a prize winner of the Santa Cecilia Singing Competition. His first international appearances were
in 1979 touring with the Sofia National Opera in Austria, France and Russia. Since then he has appeared as a guest in Belgrade, Wiesbaden,
Brazil, Ukraine, Copenhagen, Malta, Russia and Turkey. Singing in Holland in 1995, he performed the role of Radames 43 times in 46 days.
In twenty years of singing, he has sung in 118 performances of Aida and 136 of Rigoletto. His debut in the United States was in New Hampshire
as Calaf in Turandot on February 1at, 2000. His repertoire of over 46 major roles includes Radames, Manrico, Cavaradossi, Pinkerton, Pollione,
Alvaro, Otello and Dimitri in Boris Godunov.
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the recording (Aida), picture and biogrphical notes.