2008 – 2012

Krassen KaragiozovIn 2016-17, KRASSEN KARAGIOZOV appears as Germont in Verdi’s La traviata with Silicon Valley Community Opera, and will perform a recital at the Balabanov’s House Music Days International Festival in Bulgaria in June 2017. Other recent engagements included a recital at Santa Clara University in April, 2016. He was also a featured soloist with the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco, as well as a concert at All Souls Episcopal Church in Berkeley.

Mr. Karagiozov returned to OSJ in 2014-15 to perform at the Irene Dalis Memorial Concert on May 16. Last season, he appeared as a guest artist in the roles of Father in OSJ’s production of Hansel and Gretel and Leporello in Don Giovanni. The previous season, he appeared as Pinellino in OSJ’s 2012-13 production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

As a member of the resident company, he performed the roles of Silvio (Pagliacci), Giorgio Germont (La traviata) and Valentin (Faust) during the 2011-2012 season. Other roles performed for the company included Alexei Vronsky (Anna Karenina), Cesare Angelotti (Tosca), Figaro (The Barber of Seville), and Marcello (La bohème).

For other companies, the baritone has appeared as Marcello (La bohème) with the Bulgarian Radio-Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria, Masetto (Don Giovanni) for Opera Carolina, Germont (La traviata) and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) with Capital Opera Raleigh, Peter (Hansel and Gretel) and Schaunard (La bohème) with Opera Roanoke, and Raoul de Gardefeu (La Vie Parisienne) for Lake George Opera Festival.

Awards received include First Prize Winner in the Charlotte Opera Guild competition, and he was named District Winner in North Carolina’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Most recently, he was named a finalist in the Fifth and Sixth Annual Irene Dalis Vocal Competitions.

Born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, Mr. Karagiozov studied piano and vocal performance at the State Academy of Music in Sofia when he was 18. He went onto win international competitions in both piano and voice, including the “TZ. Diakovich” in Sofia. He also received a Professional Artist Certificate from the Fletcher Opera Institute of the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Masters degree in piano from Southeastern Lousiana University.

For more information, please visit Mr. Karagiozov’s website.

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