Dimiter Uzunov in Otello with Kabaivanska
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the pictures.
Uzunov with Georgieva in Otello
I wish to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the picture.
The tenor, Dimiter Uzunov, was born in Stara Zagora on the 10th of December 1922. After graduating from the Theological School of Sofia,
he sang in the chorus of the Sofia National Opera until 1948. His vocal studies began at the Music Academy in 1946, first as a baritone,
but switching to the dramatic tenor repertoire at the advice of his teacher, Christo Brumbarov.
His debut was in the title role of Werther in a 1947 production by the Sofia National Opera.
After an appearance with the Bolshoi Opera in 1952, there were performances with the Paris Opera in 1958, the Arena di Verona in 1960,
La Scala in 1960 and 1961, and at the Salzburg Festival in 1965. Additional engagements included Covent Garden, Barcelona and the Vienna
Following a Metropolitan Opera debut as Don José in 1958, additional major roles there included Radames, Otello, Canio and Samson.
After an unsuccessful throat operation, he served as director of the Sofia National Opera. In 1976 he traveled to Vienna working for the
Vienna State Opera as a director and then in 1980 performing character roles. While his voice was not truly heroic, a strong presence and
good diction allowed him to triumph as Otello, his favorite role. He died in Vienna on the 11th of December 1985.
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the recordings.
I wish to thank Claude Ribou for the recording.
I wish to thank George Cardol for the recording.
I would like to thank Thomas Silverboerg for the recordings.
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the biographical notes.