6 December – guest-performance of VESSELINA VASSILEVA in the role of Violetta from Verdi‘s "La Traviata"

Vesselina Vassileva was born in Vratsa, where she followed her secondary education in the Music class of the School of Arts. In 1995, she graduated from the Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music in the class of Assoc. Prof. Irena Brambarova.

Later she improved her mastery with the great Bulgarian singer Ghena Dimitrova. After her graduation, she was employed at the Ruse State Opera. Since 1997, she started having active guest-performances all over Europe, in America and Japan.

She has a rich opera repertoire: Violetta Valéry /“La Traviata”/, Gilda /“Rigoletto”/, Nedda /“Pagliacci” by Leoncavallo/, Mimi and Musetta /“La Bohѐme”/, Liù /“Turandot”/, Micaela /“Carmen” by Bizet/, Marguerite /“Faust” by Gounod /, The Countess and Susanna /“Le Nozze di Figaro” by Mozart/, Pamina /“Die Zauberflöte”/, Zerlina /“Don Giovanni” by Mozart/, Lucia /“Lucia di Lamermoor” by Donizetti/.

The singer has a big concert repertoire too /Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, C. Orff/, and in 2008 she was the first Bulgarian – performer of the main soprano part of Emilia from the opera “Emilia di Liverpool” by Gaetano Donizetti in Liverpool, Great Britain /this title wasn‘t performed since its premiere in 1824 till our days/. Recently, Vesselina Vassileva performed at the Sofia Opera the role of Leila from the opera “Les pêcheurs de perles” by Georges Bizet.

 

The world critique about Vesselina Vassileva

Vesselina Vassileva as Nedda in "Pagliacci"

"Rare combination of fragile and powerful voice, plus accurate intonation. "

- Culture - Svetlana Neycheva


Vesselina Vassileva as Violetta Valery in "La Traviata"

"Vesselina Vassileva is a tiny beautiful creature with expressively floating hands and eyes that tell the truth.
She restores the nearly-forgoten tradition of light voices in the role: she uses her crystalline soprano with feeling and exquisite musical taste. She has adequate virtuosity for the hurdles of the first act but it was later that Vassileva really came into her own. "

- The Boston Globe - Richard Dyer


Vesselina Vassileva as Mimi in "La Bohѐme"

"Vesselina Vassileva's Mimi was outstanding from the start with clarity and pitch "to die for" coupled with a fragile image created from inner strength. "

- The Star (Chicago Heights) - D.K. Luksetich


Vesselina Vassileva as Gilda in "Rigoletto"

"Soprano, Vesselina Vassileva, made a lovely, doll-like Gilda of wide-eyed innocence and trusting naiveté. Her far from doll-sized voice made itself heard alike over fellow singers and a full-blown orchestral storm. Even her dying tones had carrying weight. "

- Manhattan Mercury News - Ben Nyberg


Vesselina Vassileva as Micaela in "Carmen"

"Vesselina Vassileva brought fervor and gleaming high notes to the role of Micaela. "
- The Boston Globe - Richard Dyer

"Vesselina Vassileva was a poignant Micaela who sang her lovely third act aria with lustrous silvery tones that soared over the orchestral accompaniment. "

- Opera Japonica

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