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Ghena Dimitrova

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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
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  • 1.
    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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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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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    Verona Live
    Label: Acanta/Pilz   Catalog: 233553 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Ghena Dimitrova,  Peter Dvorsky,  Sona Ghazarian  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Franci,  José Collado
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    Essential Opera Divas
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234522 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Véronique Gens,  Jessye Norman  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Fabio Biondi,  Christophe Rousset,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
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    Essential Verdi
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234602 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Beverly Sills,  Nicolai Gedda,  Anna Moffo,  Delia Wallis  ... 
    Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato,  Sir Colin Davis,  Tullio Serafin,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli  ... 
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    Essential Film Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 5134 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  James Horner,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  Cécile Ousset,  Manuel Barrueco,  Steve Morse  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt,  Mariss Jansons,  David Abel,  Geoff Love  ... 
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  • 9.
    Voices Of Italian Opera
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40509 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Edita Gruberova,  Margherita Carosio,  Francesco Meli  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Evelino Pidò  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    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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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 828662 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Gudrun Jahn,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Gyorgy Fischer,  Kirk Trevor,  Louis Langrée,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Paris National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    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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  • 13.
    Essential Puccini
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07139 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Alfredo Kraus,  Mirella Freni,  Nicolai Gedda,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Thomas Schippers,  Antonio Pappano,  Anton Guadagno  ... 
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    Essential Opera
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27920 Release Date: 08/24/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Placido [Tenor Vocals] Domingo,  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Thomas Schippers,  Pierre Dervaux,  Gianluigi Gelmetti  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Arias / Ghena Dimitrova
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 42174 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Ghena Dimitrova
    Conductor:  Zoltán Peskó
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra
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    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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    Verdi: Aida / Chiara, Pavarotti, Maazel
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100059 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Paata Burchuladze,  Maria Chiara,  Ghena Dimitrova  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 18.
    The Record of Singing Vol 5 - From the LP to the Digital Era
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28949 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Jacques Offenbach,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Luciana Serra,  Neil Shicoff,  Alain Vanzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Georges Prêtre,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra,  Paris Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    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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    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  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra  ... 
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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 Ordóñez,  Juan Pons,  Eva Martón  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Puccini & Verdi Arias / Ghena Dimitrova
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 41437 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ghena Dimitrova
    Conductor:  Anton Guadagno,  Lamberto Gardelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    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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    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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