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Ghena Dimitrova

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: Bulgarian
Year of Birth: 1941
Year of Death: 2005

About Ghena Dimitrova:

Ghena Dimitrova (Bulgarian: Гeна Димитpова, 6 May 1941 – 11 June 2005) was a Bulgarian operatic soprano. Her voice was known for its power and extension used in operatic roles such as Turandot in a career spanning four decades.

Ghena Dimitrova was born in the Bulgarian village of Beglezh, some 25 km from Pleven, in 1941. She started singing in the school choir and her powerful voice led to her being offered a place at the Sofia Conservatory studying under Christo Brambarov between 1959 and 1964. While she was initially classified as a mezzo-soprano, she was recognised as a soprano in her second year.

After finishing her studies at the Sofia Conservatory, she started teaching singing. Her breakthrough came in 1967 as Abigaille in a Bulgarian National Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi's Nabucco after a couple of other sopranos dropped out. In the early recordings Dimitrova's voice had not yet reached its signature size, and in many of the early Nabucco productions, the final optional high C is omitted in the cabaletta, Salgo già, which she would include later in her career.

Dimitrova won the Sofia International Singing Competition in 1970, the prize including a course of study at La Scala's Scuola di Perfezionamento.

She made her Italian debut as Turandot in Treviso in 1975, and essayed the same role for her 1983 La Scala debut opposite tenor Plácido Domingo in Franco Zeffirelli's lavish production. Her Turandot is also preserved in a video of the Arena di Verona production from 1983, with Nicola Martinucci and Cecilia Gasdia. In 1988, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York performing the same role.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Oh! Il Signore vi manda Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.16-1

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Santuzza/Alfio
2Teneri figli Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.02-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
3Principessa di morte Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf
4Sola perduta abbandonata Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon
5Giustizia giustizia Sire! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Philip II/Rodrigue/Eboli
6Figlio del cielo Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Emperor/Calaf
7Nel di della vittoria Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
8Come in quest ora bruna Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)
9Poveri fiori Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana
10Ritorna vincitor Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
11In questa reggia Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.10

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot
12La vergine degli angeli Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
13Maddalena di Coigny Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Maddalena/Andrea/Incredible
14Casta diva Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
15Su me morente esanime Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille
16Ah! sgombro e il loco Popularity:

Opera: ObertoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
17Salgo gia del trono aurato Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille/High priest
18Ora di morte e di vendetta Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Macbeth
19Come per me sereno Popularity:

Opera: Sonnambula, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.04

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amina
20Che veggo..egli..mio padre Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amonasro/Amneris
21Mario Cavaradossi? Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.02

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi/A Jailer
22Ernani involami Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira
23Viva il vino spumeggiante Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.19-2

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Lola
24Fatal mia donna Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macbeth/Lady McB
25D'amor sull'ali rosee Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
26Angele Dei Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 1.15

Type: Voice: Br S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Barnaba/Gioconda/La Cieca
27L'aborrita rivale a me sfuggia Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
28Principessa divina! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Turandot/Liù
29Si colmi il calice Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
30Tu tu piccolo iddio Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 3

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio
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