Pique Dame   (Khaikin; Uzunov, Ivanov, Sokolova, Selivanov, Verbitskaya, Vera Firsova)   (2-Aquarius AQVR 379)
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Pique Dame   (Khaikin; Uzunov, Ivanov, Sokolova, Selivanov, Verbitskaya, Vera Firsova)   (2-Aquarius AQVR 379)
OP2885. PIQUE DAME (Tschaikowsky), Live Performance, 20 Jan., 1957, w.Khaikin Cond. Dimiter Uzunov (singing in Bulgarian), Alexei Ivanov, Natalia Sokolova, Pyotr Selivanov, Eugenia Verbitskaya, Vera Firsova, etc. (Russia) 2-Aquarius AQVR 379. - 4607123631447


“Uzunov, singing in his native Bulgarian, owns a steely voice, with cutting high notes and dramatic fervour, and one is in no way unaware of Herman’s obsession with the three cards which he hopes will win him a large amount of money.”


“Dimiter Uzunov’s vocal studies began at the Sofia Music Academy in 1946, first as a baritone but switching to the dramatic tenor repertoire at the advice of his teacher, Christo Brumbarov. His début was in the title role of WERTHER in a 1947 production by the Sofia National Opera. After an appearance with the Bolshoi Opera in 1952, there were performances with the Paris Opéra in 1958, the Arena di Verona in 1960, La Scala in 1960 and 1961, and at the Salzburg Festival in 1965. Additional engagements included Covent Garden, Barcelona and the Vienna State Opera. Following a Metropolitan Opera début as Don José in 1958, additional major roles there included Radames, Otello, Canio and Samson. After an unsuccessful throat operation he served as director of the Sofia National Opera. In 1976 he traveled to Vienna working for the Vienna State Opera as a director and then in 1980 performing character roles. While his voice was not truly heroic, a strong presence and good diction allowed him to triumph as Otello, his favorite role. He died in Vienna on the 11 December 1985.”

- Ned Ludd

“The season's first performance of Verdi's OTELLO at the Metropolitan Opera took place Saturday night, with Dimiter Uzunov in the title role. While he doesn't project the frenzied, cumulative madness which the American tenor, James McCracken, gives the part, he is immensely impressive on his own and, altogether, came out first of the major participants. His excellent voice was freely resonant, he was handsome and convincingly swarthy, and as the acts progressed, developed a frightening mood of tension as he became increasingly brainwashed by Iago. His final death scene was superb. This was an actor's, not a singer's achievement, high praise for a tenor.”

- Harriet Johnson, THE NEW YORK POST, 8 Nov., 1964

"Sokolova has a powerful soprano with a well-supported lower register and considerable projective power."

- Jonathan Wolff