Stefan Makedonski as German
Stefan Makedonski was born on the 25th March of 1885 in Sliven. His mother was a folk singer. In
1902, he left for Russia where he started his vocal studies.
After a year in Russia, he was accepted at the Moscow conservatory as a student of Corsi. He returned to Bulgaria in
Following his debut with the Operna Drushba on January 5th, 1911 and following additional engagements, he traveled
to Paris to study the French repertoire.
In 1916, Makedonski left for Berlin where he studied the Italian roles with Marini in addition to guest appearances with the Berlin Royal Opera,
Hannover and the Kassel Opera. From 1922 to 1933, he was a principle soloist with the Sofia Opera. During the First World
War, he performed numerous charity concerts.
In addition to his stage activities, he was the artistic director of the Varna Opera from 1930 to 1932, where he produced not
of the Italian composers but also of his fellow Bulgarian composers.
In 1934, he founded the Traveling Opera Company and until 1937 was responsible for their productions.
He became the director of the State Music Theater in 1948. Major roles in his career included Radames, Otello, Alfredo,
Don José, Tannhäuser,
Manrico, the Duke in Rigoletto, Pinkerton and Canio. Later in his career, he turned to roles of the operetta repertoire.
Following his death on May 31, 1952 the State Music Theater was named after him.
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I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for compiling this page; source for much of the material: University of Pittsburgh.