Specialist InSinging (mezzo-soprano)
BiographyVesselina Kasarova from Stara Zagora (Bulgaria) is one of the most important mezzo-sopranos of our time. At the age of four, she received her first piano lessons. After completing her concert diploma, she studied singing with Ressa Koleva at the Sofia Music Academy and, as a student, appeared in major roles at the national opera there. In the year 1989 she won the first prize at the international singing competition "Neue Stimmen" in Gütersloh and became a member of the ensemble at the Zurich Opera House, where she quickly became a crowd favorite and was celebrated by the press as a discovery. Her debut as Annio (LA CLEMENZA DI TITO) at the Salzburg Festival 1991 under Sir Colin Davis and shortly afterwards as Rosina (IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA) under the direction of Donald Runnicles at the Vienna State Opera opened her way to an international career.
Since then the versatile singer has performed with roles by Mozart (Dorabella in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI, Idamante in IDOMENEO, Sesto in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, Farnace in MITRIDATE, RE DI PONTO), Handel (Ruggiero in ALCINA, Ariodante in ARIODANTE , Agrippina in AGRIPPINA), the bel canto composer (Rosina in Il BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Angelina in LA CENERENTOLA, Isabella in L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI, Romeo in I CAPULETI EI MONTECCHI, Giovanna Seymour in ANNA BOLENA) and the French repertoire (Charlotte in WERTHER, Marguerite in LA DAMNATION DE FAUST, Léonor de Guzman in LA FAVORITE, Dalila in SAMSON ET DALILA, Carmen in CARMEN) at all major theaters and festivals worldwide, including the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera New York, San Francisco Opera, Zurich Opera, Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, Semperoper Dresden, Hamburg State Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Cologne Opera and at the Salzburg Festival, at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
Her engagements have included renowned conductors including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Colin Davis, Pinchas Steinberg, Donald Runnicles, Daniel Barenboim, Fabio Luisi, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Roger Norrington, Ivor Bolton, Semyon Bychkov, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Franz Welser-Möst , Zubin Mehta, Rossen Milanov, Harry Bicket, Antonio Pappano, Andris Nelsons, Vladimir Fedoseev, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Mark Minkowski together.
Concerts and recitals are available throughout Europe and Japan.
Her CD recordings, including TANCREDI operas, WERTHER, I CAPULETI EI MONTECCHI, LA FAVORITE, LA CENERENTOLA, LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, DOM Sebastien, ROI DE PORTUGAL and ALCINA, as well as numerous solo recitals, have won numerous awards.
In July 2005 she was awarded the title Bavarian Chamber Singer, in May 2010 the title Austrian Chamber Singer.