Krassen Karagiozov | Baritone

Praised for his “mellow, burnished, beautiful” (San Jose Mercury News) and “strong voice” (New York Times) and referred to as “the most commanding singer on stage,” (SF Classical Voice), Bulgarian baritone Krassen Karagiozov, has thrilled audiences in concert and from the opera stage with music that spans the classic-modern eras.

Recent highlights of Krassen Karagiozov’s operatic engagements include Aida at Varna Summer International Music Festival alongside starsoprano Krassimira Stoyanova as well as his role and company debut at Teatre Principal de Palma as Renato in the production of Ballo in maschera, that was premiered at Teatro Regio Parma. In Parma Krassen gave his rave role debut of Amonasro (Aida) in 2020 and sang there also in Macbeth and in a well-received recital of selected Verdi arias. In concert he performs in the gala “Viva Verdi” with the Munich Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andrea Sanguineti at Isarphilharmonie Munich.

Born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, Krassen Karagiozov trained in the State Conservatory as both a concert pianist and singer. The young singer won several international competitions (f.e. “Tz. Diakovich” in Sofia) and appeared as a baritone soloist for recitals and recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio.

After moving to the United States, Krassen became a Principal Resident Artist at Opera San José and has since performed in symphonic halls and opera theatres all over America and internationally. He sang in venues like the New York City Opera, Spoleto Opera Festival and Opera Carolina.

In the previous seasons, Krassen Karagiozov sang a variety of roles at West Bay Opera and has received excellent reviews for his performances. His Count Almaviva (Nozze di Figaro) was described as “suitably brash and robust” (SF Chronicle) and according to Palo Alto Weekly, he sang Escamillo (Carmen) with “precision and appropriate force, and a commanding presence on the stage.”

Furthermore, the baritone returned to his native Bulgaria for his debut with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in a nationally broadcasted Gala Concert celebrating Bulgarian opera singers, where he sang his most cherished bel canto, Verdi and Russian repertoire.

Krassen Karagiozov’s diverse repertoire includes roles like Rigoletto, Conte di Luna (Trovatore), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Germont (Traviata), Eugen Onegin, Escamillo, Valentin (Faust), Vronsky (Anna Karenina), Silvio (Pagliacci), Gianni Schicchi and Michele (Tabarro).

With his “wide range of textures, booming resonance contrasted with suave legato lines” (San Francisco Classical Voice), and deep immersion into the history and traditions of instrumental and vocal classical music, Krassen Karagiozov offers a complex and riveting performance both in music and drama.

Austroconcert represents Krassen Karagiozov worldwide

REPERTOIRE

Beethoven
Fidelio – Pizarro

Bellini
Beatrice di Tenda – Filippo Visconti
Puritani – Sir Riccardo Forth

Bizet
Carmen – Escamillo

Braunfels
Vögel – Prometheus

Britten
Rape of Lucretia – Tarquinius

Carlson
Anna Karenina – Vronsky

Donizetti
Lucia di Lammermoor – Enrico

Humperdinck
Hansel und Gretel – Peter

Mozart
Don Giovanni – Leporello

Offenbach
Vie Parisienne – Raoul de Gardefeu

Puccini
Madama Butterfly – Sharpless
Tabarro – Michele
Boheme – Marcello
Gianni Schicchi – Gianni Schicchi/Marco
Tosca – Angelotti
Manon Lescaut – Lescaut
Rondine – Rambaldo

Rossini
Cenerentola – Dandini
Ciro in Bailonia – Daniele

Strauss
Ariadne auf Naxos – Harlekin

Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin – Eugene Onegin

Verdi
Aida – Amonasro
Due Foscari – Foscari
Rigoletto – Rigoletto
Traviata – Germont
Trovatore – Conte di Luna
Macbeth – Macbeth
Don Carlo – Posa
Nabucco – Nabucco
Ballo in maschera – Renato