Ilia Iosifov

April 1912 - June 29th, 1993

Picture of Iliya Iosifov

Picture of Ilia Iosifov
Ilia Iosifov was born in Kotel during April 1912. As a child, he studied violin. His career began first as a lawyer after graduating from the Department of Law in Bulgaria.

While at the State Academy of Music, he was first tenor with the Co-Operative Operetta Theater. His debut was as Pinkerton with the Sofia National Opera in 1945.

International appearances took Iosifov to the Vienna State Opera, Kirov Opera and stages in Roumania, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Poland and Czechoslovakia.

The Russian critics considered him to be a great Lensky. After more than 600 stage appearances, he retired from singing in 1962 becoming a famous teacher in Sofia, the Leningrad Conservatory and the Riga Opera House.

His favorite pastime was hunting in the mountains of Bulgaria. Ilia Iosifov died in Sofia on June 29th, 1993.

Iliya Iosifov sings Evgeny Onegin: Aria
In RA Format

Ilia Iosifov singsLa Bohème: Che gelida
In RA Format
Iosifov is far more often written Yossifov in Latin letters.
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the recordings, biographical notes and picture.

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