Ghena Dimitrova

Biography

Born: May 6, 1941; Beglej, Bulgaria   Died: June 11, 2005; Milan, Italy  
Ghena Dimitrova has specialized in dramatic Italian soprano roles with occasional forays into spinto roles, such as Elvira in Ernani and Lady Macbeth. Unlike many dramatic sopranos, she started with a large, powerful voice and was able to take the heaviest roles early in her career. She sang in her school choir and her promise soon became apparent. Her lack of formal music education kept her from entering music school, so she studied privately Read more before entering the Sofia Conservatory. She actually entered as a mezzo, though she was recognized as a soprano in her second year. She made her debut at the National Opera in 1966 in Verdi's Nabucco as Abigaille as a last-minute substitute, learning the role in little over a week. (She had originally chosen Leonora in Verdi's Il trovatore or Amelia in Un ballo in maschera as potential debut roles -- still daring, but not as demanding as Abigaille, known as a "voice killer" role.) In 1970, she won first prize in the prestigious Sofia International Singing Competition, a prize that included two years of study at La Scala's Scuola di Perfezionamento, where she studied with Gina Cigna, among others. Dimitrova also studied recordings, particularly those of Maria Callas, Mirella Freni, and Montserrat Caballé. She sang her first Turandot in Treviso, Italy, in 1975 (though she temporarily shelved the role until the 1980s) and made her United States debut in 1981 as Elvira. In 1983, she made her London debut at the Barbican in a concert performance of Ponchielli's La Gioconda, making her Covent Garden debut later that same year, as well as her La Scala debut as Turandot. Her New York debut was also a concert performance with Eve Queler's Concert Opera Orchestra in 1984. In 1988, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the same role. Read less
Verdi: Aida / Maazel, Chiara, Pavarotti,  Dimitrova, Pons [blu-ray]
Release Date: 06/30/2015   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 109087   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Aida / Maazel, Chiara, Pavarotti,  Dimitrova, Pons
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    100 Best Film Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553645 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Richard Strauss,  John T. Williams,  Richard Wagner  ... 
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    Verdi: Aida / Maazel, Chiara, Pavarotti,  Dimitrova, Pons
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109086 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Paata Burchuladze,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Maria Chiara,  Ghena Dimitrova  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Verdi: Aida / Maazel, Chiara, Pavarotti,  Dimitrova, Pons [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109087 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Paata Burchuladze,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Maria Chiara,  Ghena Dimitrova  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Classic Duets / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002232209 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Luciano Pavarotti,  June Anderson,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti,  Riccardo Chailly,  Sir Georg Solti,  James Levine  ... 
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    Classic Duets / Luciano Pavarotti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002200802 Release Date: 11/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Luciano Pavarotti,  June Anderson,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti,  Riccardo Chailly,  Sir Georg Solti,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Arias / Ghena Dimitrova
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802207 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Ghena Dimitrova
    Conductor:  Zoltán Peskó
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra
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    The Verdi Opera Selection Vol 2 - Nabucco, Simon Boccanegra, Aida
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107526 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Paata Burchuladze,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Maria Chiara,  Ghena Dimitrova  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Fabio Luisi,  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Verdi: Aida / Maazel, Chiara, Pavarotti, Dimitrova, Nucci
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001616502 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Leo Nucci,  Ghena Dimitrova,  Paata Burchuladze  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Magic Moments Of Opera
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107515 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Isobel Buchanan,  Placido Domingo,  Elena Obraztsova,  Yuri Mazurok  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Paris National Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 10.
    Tchaikovsky: Arias / Ghena Dimitrova
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 42174 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Ghena Dimitrova
    Conductor:  Zoltán Peskó
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Jose Carreras - Concert Collection
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4462 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Ileana Cotrubas,  Leo Nucci,  Montserrat Caballé,  Eva Martón  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Franci,  José Collado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Symphony Orchestra
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    Highlights From Arena Di Verona - Favorite Opera Arias
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4441 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nicola Martinucci,  Ghena Dimitrova,  Rosalind Plowright,  Vladimir Atlantov  ... 
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  • 13.
    Puccini 2008 - Nessun Dorma / Callas, Te Kanawa, Carreras, Domingo, Alagna, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17620 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Roberto Alagna,  Renata Scotto,  Alfredo Kraus,  Mario Sereni  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  James Levine,  Thomas Schippers,  Anton Guadagno  ... 
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    Puccini: Turandot / Dimitrova, Martinucci, Arena
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4383 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Ivo Vinco,  Cecilia Gasdia,  Nicola Martinucci,  Gianfranco Manganotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Arena
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra
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    José Carreras Collection - La Grande Notte A Verona 1988
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101403 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Ileana Cotrubas,  Antonio Ordóńez,  Juan Pons,  Eva Martón  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Symphony Orchestra
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    Highlights From La Scala / Various
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2857 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano
    Performer:  Ghena Dimitrova,  José Carreras,  Renato Bruson,  Eva Martón  ... 
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  • 17.
    Verdi: Nabucco / Bruson, Dimitrova, Petkov, Balioni, Garaventa, Verona Opera
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2835 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ghena Dimitrova,  Dimiter Petkov,  Renato Bruson,  Bruna Baglioni  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Arena
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus,  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra
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  • 18.
    100 Best Opera Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 862112 Release Date: 02/15/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Gary Lakes,  Maria Callas,  Tito Gobbi,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  James Conlon,  Alceo Galliera,  Lamberto Gardelli,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: I Lombardi / Carreras, Dimitrova
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2036 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Carlo Bini,  José Carreras,  Ghena Dimitrova,  Luisa Vannini  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 20.
    Verdi: Nabucco / Muti, Bruson, Dimitrova
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2042 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Raquel Pierotti,  Paata Burchuladze,  Renato Bruson,  Ghena Dimitrova  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Puccini: Turandot / Oren, Dimitrova, Martinucci, Et Al
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47257 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Ghena Dimitrova,  Roberto Scandiuzzi,  Ivan del Manto,  Cecilia Gasdia  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Oren
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Genoa Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Genoa Teatro Comunale Chorus
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  • 22.
    Verdi: Oberto, Alzira - Highlights / Gardelli, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 175881 Release Date: 05/05/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Francisco Araiza,  Ileana Cotrubas,  Renato Bruson,  Alexandru Ionita  ... 
    Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Verdi: Oberto / Gardelli, Dimitrova, Bergonzi, Panerai
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 105842 Release Date: 10/26/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi,  Ruza Baldani,  Ghena Dimitrova,  Alison Browner  ... 
    Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Verdi: Aida / Maazel, Chiara, Pavarotti, Dimitrova, Nucci
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417439 Release Date: 05/22/1990   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Ghena Dimitrova,  Paata Burchuladze,  Luigi Roni  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Verdi: Nabucco / Sinopoli, Cappuccilli, Domingo, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 410512 Release Date: 03/12/1984   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Yevgeny Nesterenko,  Lucia Valentini-Terrani,  Ghena Dimitrova  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
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