Raina Kabaivanska

Biography

Born: December 15, 1934; Bourgas, Bulgaria  
Renowned for her interpretations of the roles of Tosca, Manon, Francesca da Rimini, and Madame Butterfly, this internationally famous soprano has earned the nickname "the Heroine of Melodrama." Kabaivanska accomplished her advanced vocal and piano studies at the Bulgarian State Conservatory in Sofia. In 1958, she moved to Italy and further developed her technique with Zita Fumagalli. She made her debut at the Sofia National Opera in 1957 in the Read more role of Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. But Kabaivanska's most important debut was in the role of Agnese in Bellini's Beatrice di Tenda at Milan's La Scala in 1961. At her Covent Garden debut in 1962, she sang Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, and for New York's Metropolitan she sang Nedda in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. Her 1975 Paris debut was as Leonore in Verdi's Il trovatore, and for her Salzburg debut, she interpreted the role of Mrs. Ford in Verdi's Falstaff. Kabaivanska has been awarded with many accolades throughout her career, including the Premio Bellini (1965) for her interpretation of Beatrice di Tenda, the Viotti d'oro (1970), the Premio Puccini (1978), the Premio Illica (1979), Premio Monteverdi (1980), and the Premio Lorenzo il Magnifico from the Medici Academy for the Arts in Florence (1990). In 1974, Bulgarian Television dedicated a film to her entitled The Seasons of Raina Kabaivanska. Read less

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Biography

Born: December 15, 1934; Bourgas, Bulgaria  
Renowned for her interpretations of the roles of Tosca, Manon, Francesca da Rimini, and Madame Butterfly, this internationally famous soprano has earned the nickname "the Heroine of Melodrama." Kabaivanska accomplished her advanced vocal and piano studies at the Bulgarian State Conservatory in Sofia. In 1958, she moved to Italy and further developed her technique with Zita Fumagalli. She made her debut at the Sofia National Opera in 1957 in the Read more
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Ernani: Prelude
Ernani - Act One: Evviva! Beviamo!
Ernani - Act One: Merce, diletti amici
Ernani - Act One: Si rapisca!
Ernani - Act One: Surta e la notte
Ernani - Act One: Ernani! Ernani, involami
Ernani - Act One: Quante d'Iberia giovani
Ernani - Act One: Fa che a me venga? e tosto
Ernani - Act One: Da quel di che t'ho veduta
Ernani - Act One: Tu se' Ernani!
Ernani - Act One: Che mai vegg'io!? Inifelice!? e tuo credevi
Ernani - Act One: Uscite? Ma, Signore?
Ernani - Act Two: Mio signor, dolente io sono
Ernani - Act Two: Esultiamo! Letizia ne innondi
Ernani - Act Two: Jago, qui tosto il pelegrin adduci
Ernani - Act Two: Ora, quant'oro ogni avido
Ernani - Act Two: Tu pefida?
Ernani - Act Two: Scellerati, il mio furore
Ernani - Act Two: Cugino, a che munito
Ernani - Act Two: Lo vedremo, veglio audace
Ernani - Act Two: Fu esplorata del castello
Ernani - Act Two: Vigil pure il ciel sempre su te
Ernani - Act Two: Salvi ne vedi, e liberi
Ernani - Act Three: E questo il loco?
Ernani - Act Three: Gran Dio! Costor sui sepolcrali marmi
Ernani - Act Three: Oh de' verd'anni miei
Ernani - Act Three: Ad augusta!
Ernani - Act Three: Si ridesti il Leon di Castiglia
Ernani - Act Three: Qual rumore!
Ernani - Act Three: Oh sommo Carlo
Ernani - Act Four: Oh come filici gioiscon gli sposi!
Ernani - Act Four: Cessaro I suoni, dispari ogni face
Ernani - Act Four: T'arresta. E desso!
Ernani - Act Four: Ferma, crudele
Ernani - Act Four: Se uno squillo intendera


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