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Baritone Krassen Karagiozov was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, where he began his musical studies on piano. He participated in and won international competitions in both piano and voice, including the “Tz. Diakovich” in Sofia. In addition to concert work as a collaborative pianist in Bulgaria, Turkey, and USA, he appeared as baritone soloist for a recital and recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio. During the 2008-2009 season, he made his debut as a member of Opera San José‘s resident principal artists, appearing as the title role of Eugene Onegin, Sgt. Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Escamillo in Carmen. Roles performed recently by Professor Karagiozov include Marquis D’Obigny in La Traviata (debut for NYCO), Valentin in Faust for OSJ, Danielle in Ciro in Babilonia (Caramoor Festival debut), Henry in The Gift ofthe Magi for Hidden Valley, Silvio in IPaggliacci for OSJ, and Gianni Schicchi for Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Among the roles that he has performed are Marcello, Figaro, Angelotti, Vrosnky, Count Almaviva, Dandini, Lescaut Masetto, Germont, Sharpless, Don Giovanni, Tarquinius, Silvio, Schaunard, Harlequin, Peter, Raoul de Gardefeu and Prometheus.
Professor Karagiozov has appeared with opera companies such as New York City Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera San José, Lake George Opera Festival, Spoleto Opera Festival, Aspen Opera Theater, The Opera Company of North Carolina, Opera Roanoke, Piedmont Opera Theater, and Capital Opera Raleigh. He has also appeared as a soloist for the Symphony Silicon Valley, the Bulgarian Radio-Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Chamber Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, and Enid Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring the world-renowned soprano Leona Mitchell. Professor Karagiozov is a North Carolina district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and First Prize winner of the Charlotte Opera Guild Competition as well as a finalist of the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition and Heinz Rehfuss Vocal Competition. Future engagements include Schaunard for Livermore Valley Opera and Sharpless for Opera Santa Barbara.
"Baritone Krassen Karagiozov gave a superb performance as her beloved Silvio; their love duet was a high point of the performance."
-Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, November 13, 2011
"As Count Almaviva, baritone Krassen Karagiozov was excellent, his voice mellow and burnished, his character a despicably self-important man, but one capable of reflection — and funny."
-Richard Scheinin, Mercury News, San Jose, CA February 7, 2010
"Baritone Krassen Karagiozov (Guglielmo)...sang with ardor and dramatic flair."
-Scott MacClelland, Metro San Jose, CA, February 10, 2009
"Baritone Krassen Karagiozov as Belcore, the army sergeant and Lothario…sang with buttery ease."
-Richard Scheinin, Mercury News, San Jose, CA, November,10, 2008
"Her sorely-tried fiancé, Masetto, was strongly portrayed and sung by baritone Krassen Karagiozov."
-William Thomas Walker, CVNC, Charlotte, NC, March 30, 2008
"The true male lead is Alfredo's father, Giorgio, whose music calls for pages of smooth, powerful singing. Krassen Karagiozov's confidently supported, attractive baritone brought out much of the part's beauties, especially in the aria 'Di Provenza il mar'."
-Roy C. Dicks, Raleigh News and Observer, October 22, 2007
"The man who gave a bravura performance in La Traviata was the magnificent baritone, Krassen Karagiozov, as Giorgio Germont, father of Alfredo. Later, Karagiozov demonstrated in two great arias all the qualities one listens for in an excellent baritone: vocal strength and authority, beauty of tone, great range, and the ability to utilize all these strengths to sustain his part in the drama."
-Martha A. Fawbush, CVNC, October 19, 2007
"Bulgarian baritone Krassen Karagiozov was excellent as the Father." (Hansel and Gretel- Opera Roanoke)
-Seth Williams, Roanoke Times, September 29, 2007