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Plamen Hidjov (Bass)

Born: Bulgaria

The Bulgarian bass, Plamen Hidjov, studied singing from 1971 to 1975 at the College of Music of Sofia with Nadya Aladjem, from 1975 to 1981 at the State Conservatory of Sofia with Chavdar Hadjiev. Resuming studies with Gerda in Leipzig, with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and with the Bulgarian bassists Boris Schwarzkopf in Rome. In 1978 and 1988 he was winner at singing competitions in Bulgaria and in Italy.

From 1981 to 1988 Plamen Hidjov was a member of the National Opera in Sofia. In 1991-1992 he was engaged as soloist at the Opera House of Lodz in Poland, in 1992-1993 at the Opera of Plovdiv, since 1994 at the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern. In 1996 he appeared in Paris and in Palermo as Napoleon in Prokofievís Krieg und Frieden. He sang in 1988 at the Wexford Festival in Ireland and in the Londonís Queen Elizabeth Hall the Counts Arnoldo in Elisa e Claudio by Saverio Mercadante, in 1989 at the Scottish Opera in Glasgow Leporello in the Don Giovanni, which he performed also in 1991 in Madrid. At the opera houses of Murcia (Spain), Plovdid, Brussels and Antwerp he could be heard likewise as Leporello. In Kaiserslautern he appeared as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, as Alfonso in Così fan tutte, as Zaccaria in Verdiís Nabucco, as Biterolf in Tannhäuser and as Baron von Kelbar in Il finto Stanislao by Verdi (1996). Additional roles from his repertoire for the stage were Basilio and Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dulcamara in Donizettiís Fille du régiment, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, King Philipp in Verdiís Don Carlos, Pater Guardian in La forza del destino, Gremin in the Eugen Onegin, Mephisto in Faust by Charles Gounod, Zar Dodon in Der goldene Hahn by Rimsky Korssakov, the title hero in Iwan Susanin (Ein Leben für den Zaren) by Glinka, Dosifey in 'Khovantchina', Pimen and Warlaam in Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky.

Plamen Hidjovís repertoire for the concert hall was not less extensive. Within this area he performed solo parts in Cantatas and in the Mass in B minor (BWV 232) by J.S. Bach, in Messiah by George Frideric Handel, in works by Haydn, Mozart, L.v. Beethoven, Rossini, Verdi and Franz Liszt. In 1989 he participated in a tour to Italy with Krönungsmesse by Mozart. As a Lieder interpreter he excelled particularly in Winterreise by Schubert.


Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (June 2004)
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Aryeh Oron (June 2004)

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