OP0653. ERNANI, Live Performance, 7 Dec., 1969, w.Votto Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Raina Kabaivanska, Plácido Domingo, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Carlo Meliciani, etc. (Slovenia) 2-Myto 051.304. Long out-of-print, final copies! - 608974503048
"...what I most remember is the initial sound of Domingo's voice as it softly pervaded the huge [Met] auditorium. Its dulcet caress was transporting!"
- Paul Jackson, START-UP AT THE NEW MET, p.409
“Renowned for her interpretations of the roles of Tosca, Manon, Francesca da Rimini, and Madama Butterfly, Kabaivanska accomplished her advanced vocal and piano studies at the Bulgarian State Conservatory in Sofia. In 1958, she moved to Italy and further developed her technique with Zita Fumagalli. She made her début at the Sofia National Opera in 1957 in the role of Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN. But Kabaivanska's most important début was in the role of Agnese in Bellini's BEATRICE DI TENDA at La Scala in 1961. At her Covent Garden début in 1962, she sang Desdemona in Verdi's OTELLO, and for the Metropolitan Opera she sang Nedda in PAGLIACCI. Her 1975 Paris début was as Leonore in Verdi's IL TROVATORE, and for her Salzburg début, she interpreted the role of Mrs. Ford in Verdi's FALSTAFF. Kabaivanska has been awarded with many accolades throughout her career, including the Premio Bellini (1965) for her interpretation of Beatrice di Tenda, the Viotti d'oro (1970), the Premio Puccini (1978), the Premio Illica (1979), Premio Monteverdi (1980), and the Premio Lorenzo il Magnifico from the Medici Academy for the Arts in Florence (1990). In 1974, Bulgarian Television dedicated a film to her entitled THE SEASONS OF RAINA KABAIVANSKA. Kabaivanska delivered an emotional performance of the ‘Ave Maria’ from Verdi’s OTELLO to open the funeral mass for Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, 8 Septembe, 2007. Mme Kabaivanska has recently added another role to her considerable repertoire: the Comtesse in Tchaikowsky's PIQUE DAME, in a series of five 2008 performances at the Capitole in Toulouse.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron