Stefan Makedonski

Picture of Stefan Makedonski

Picture of Stefan Makedonski

Picture of Stefan Makedonski

Picture of Stefan Makedonski

Picture of Stefan Makedonski as Herman
Stefan Makedonski as Herman

The tenor, Stefan Makedonsky, was born on the 25th March of 1885 in Sliven. His mother was a folk singer. In 1902, he left for Russia where he started his vocal studies. After a year in Russia, he was accepted at the Moscow Conservatory as a student of Korssi. He returned to Bulgaria in 1910. Following his debut with the Operna Drushba on January 5th, 1911 and following additional engagements, he traveled to Paris to study the French repertoire. In 1916, Makedonsky left for Berlin where he studied the Italian roles with Marini in addition to guest appearances with the Berlin Royal Opera, Hanover and the Kassel Opera. From 1922 to 1933, he was a principle soloist with the Sofia Opera. During the First World War, he performed numerous charity concerts. In addition to his stage activities, he was the Artistic Director of the Varna Opera from 1930-1932 where he produced not only operas of the Italian composers but also of his fellow Bulgarian composers. In 1934, he founded the Traveling Opera Company and until 1937 was responsible for their productions. He became the Director of the State Music Theater in 1948. Major roles in his career included Radames, Otello, Alfredo, Don José, Tannhäuser, Manrico, the Duke in Rigoletto, Pinkerton and Canio. Later in his career, he turned to roles of the operetta repertoire. Following his death on May 31, 1952 the State Music Theater was named after him.

Stefan Makedonski singsYevgeni Onyegin: Kuda, kuda
In RA Format

Stefan Makedonski singsOtello: Morte
In RA Format


I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the pictures, biographical notes and recording.




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