Artists biographies
Vesselina Kasarova

Vesselina Kasarova was born in Stara Zagora (Bulgaria) and began playing the piano at the age of four. After training as a concert pianist and gaining her diploma, she studied singing with Ressa Koleva at the Music Academy of Sofia, and was already as a student singing major roles at the National Opera.

In 1989 she was engaged by Zurich Opera, where she soon became a favourite with the audience, and was praised a great discovery by the international press. That same year she also won First Prize at the German singing competition ‘Neue Stimmen’ in Gütersloh. Two years later Vesselina Kasarova made her debut at the Salzburg Festival, with two matinees at the Mozarteum, as well as Annio in “La clemenza di Tito” conducted by Sir Colin Davis. In the autumn of the same year she made her much acclaimed debut as Rosina at the Vienna State Opera.

In roles of Mozart, Haendel, the bel canto composers and of the French repertory she has since  appeared at the leading opera houses and festivals: Grand Théâtre de Genève, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala Milano, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Salzburg Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. Vesselina Kasarova has worked together with such renowned conductors as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Colin Davis, Pinchas Steinberg, Donald Runnicles, Seji Ozawa, Semyon Bychkov, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Ivor Bolton, Franz Welser-Möst, Vladimir Fedoseyev and Zubin Metha.

She has given concerts and recitals throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. Her recordings for RCA Red Seal have been awarded numerous prizes.

Vesselina Kasarova holds the title Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as well as Kammersängerin of the Vienna State Opera.

Foto: Marco Borggreve Foto: Marco Borggreve

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2015