Bulgarian Opera Singer Nikola Gyuzelev Dies at 77

Society » OBITUARIES | May 16, 2014, Friday // 10:21
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Opera Singer Nikola Gyuzelev Dies at 77 Nikola Gyuzelev. Photo by BGNES

Nikola Gyuzelev, a renowned Bulgarian opera singer, died on Friday morning at the age of 77.

Born in 1936 in the central-north Bulgarian city of Pavlikeni, Gyuzelev was one of the most prominent representatives of opera in Bulgaria.

His mother was a tailor (and occasional actor in amateur theaters) and his father was a gardener, but played the violin and even made musical instruments at home. Their son, Nikola, displayed an interest in singing since he was a child, and at the age of fifteen was already attracted to opera.

With a number of international awards behind him, he was known for combining features of the Bulgarian opera school with Italian bel canto and Slavic emotionality.

He was also a remarkable painter, having studied at Sofia's National Academy of Art in 1950s while preparing for his way up the ladder of international opera fame.

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