Ventseslav Anastassov*

Ventseslav Anastassov*

Baritone

 

Born in Ruse (Bulgaria), Ventseslav Anastasov is the third generation of one of the most renowned families of opera singers in Bulgaria. He started his musical studies at an early age, playing the piano and classical guitar and later began studying opera singing with Maestro Georgi Deliganev. In 1990 he moved to Sofia where he continued his studies with Maesto Asen Selimski in the National Academy of Music, which he graduated from with the highest distinction in 1996.

 

In 1995 he made his debut in “The Barber of Seville” in the role of Figaro with great success, and shortly after got hired in the Opera House of Ruse as a soloist, where he played roles such as Belcore in “The Elixir of Love”, Marcello or Schaunard in “La Boheme”, Sharpless in “Madama Butterfly”, Zurga in “ The Pearl Fishers ”, Doctor Malatesta in “Don Pasquale” and many more. Later on he took part in a tour which led him to play all of these roles in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and England.

He debuted in the summer festival of Varna with “Fabola per la Scala” in 2002 and was immediately invited for the upcoming seasons to sing roles such as Germont in “La Traviata”, Onegin in “Eugene Onegin”, Belcore in “The Elixir of Love”, Ezio in “Attila”, The Count of Luna in “Il Trovatore”, Don Giovanni, Marchese di Posa in “Don Carlo”, and others.

In 2005 he made his debut in the Opera House of Sofia with the role of Escamillo for which he gained high praise among the audience and critics. With the same role he debuted in The Palace of the Arts in Valencia with conductor Maestro Lorin Maazel and director Carlos Saura. Subsequently he sang Marchese di Posa in “Don Carlo”, once again conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel. In the season of 2007-2008 he intensively participated in the productions of The Palace of the Arts singing Obruchenie v Monastire (Marriage in the monastery) conducted by Maestro D. Jurovskii, in Turandot alongside Maria Guleghina and Marco Berti under the conductorship of Zubin Mehta and in the production of the Metropolitan Opera “Iphigenie in Tauride” alongside Maestro Plácido Domingo.

In 2009 he made his debut in the great role of Rigoletto in the Opera House of Sofia and afterwards was invited to take part in the Festival of St. Margarethen (Austria) to repeat his success with the same role. Meanwhile he sang the roles of Scarpia in “Tosca”, Figaro and Conte Almaviva in “Nozze di Figaro”, Nabucco in “Macbeth”, and in the summer festival of Solothurn (Switzerland) he sang Marcello in “La Bohéme” with great success.

He debuted in Teatro Massimo of Palermo with the opera “Simon Boccanegra” and was subsequently invited by Maestro Lorin Maazel to participate in the Grand Opening of Guangzhou Opera House with "Turandot”. He made his debut in Regio di Parma with great success in the role of Ezio in “Attila”, after which he sang in the Opera House of Sofia in the Ghena Dimitrova memorial concert. In 2011 he returned to Palau de las Arts to take part in the production of “Boris Godunov” directed by Andrei Konchalovski.

He had great success both in playing Barnaba in “La Gioconda” alongside Elisabetta Fiorillo, Roberto Scandiuzzi and Giovanna Casola at the theatre Politeama Greco of Lecce and taking part in the production of “Der König Kandaules” at Teatro Massimo of Palermo. He recently made his debut at the theatre “San Carlo” of Naples in the production of “Rigoletto” together with Dmitri Hvorostovski, Desirée Rancatore and Stefan Pop with conductor Maestro Pier Giorgio Morandi. In June that year he debuted in Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste with the role of Ezio in “Attila” with his brother Orlin Anastassov, for which he gained great recognition. At the Solothurn Festival in 2013 he took part in many Gala Concerts and with diverse roles such as Renato in “Un Ballo in Maschera” and Amonasro in “Aida” alongside stars like Mario Malagnini and Michéle Crider. In 2014 he played the role of Friedrich in the opera “Das Liebesverbot” in Teatro Verdi – Trieste. In 2015 he took part in the Split Summer Festival in Croatia, where he sang the High Priest of Dagon in “Samson and Delilah” and Amonasro in “Aida”. The same year he sang in “Turandot” with Maestro Zubin Mehta and Andrea Bocelli in Lajatico (Toscana). In 2016 he sang in “Ernani” In The Opera House of Split and in “La Forza del Destino” In Sofia. Later that year he reprised his role of Escamilio in “Carmen” alongside Anita Rachvileshvilli and in 2017 he sang Schelkalov in Boris Godunov in the Opera House of Marseille.