Petar Raichev

Picture of Petar Raichev as Eleazar
Petar Raichev as Eleazar

Picture of Petar Raichev

Picture of Petar Raichev

Picture of Petar Raichev as Werther
Raichev as Werther

Picture of Petar Raichev

Petar Raichev sings Turandot: Nessun dorma
In RA Format

Petar Raichev sings Mignon: Elle ne croyait pas
In RA Format

Petar Raichev singsSerenata
In RA Format

Petar Raichev singsLuisa Miller: Quando le sere
In RA Format

Biographical Notes

Petar Raichev was born on March 9th., 1887 near Sofia. At first Petar took private singing lessons with the known Bulgarian singer - bass and teacher- Ivan Vulpe, and then at the conservatoire in Moscow with U.Mazetti. In 1912, Raichev consulted De Lucia in Naples. Petar Raichev made his debut in 1908 with the Bulgarian opera company. In 1912, Raichev sang successfully at the San Carlo. From 1913 to 1920, he was the soloist of the Petarsburg theatre of a musical drama. From 1920, Raichev sang regularly in Europe (Italy, France, Yugoslavia) and quite often sang with Schaliapin. During 1934-35, he was the soloist and producer at the Zagreb opera. From 1936, Raichev sang occasionally in Bulgaria, and from 1944 he was the producer at this theatre. His acting was compared to Stanislavski. Raichev was the professor at the Sofia conservatoires. He died in Sofia on August 30th.,1960. Among his best roles were: José, Werther, Rodolfo, Canio, Calaf, Nemorino, Lenski, Sinodal (Demon-Rubinshtein), and Hermann.
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the pictures, biographical notes and recordings (Mignon, Serenada and Luisa Miller).

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