GD202 Giuseppe Verdi - Duets from Operas



About artist

Nicola Ghiuselev

Nicola Ghiuselev was born in Pavlikeni, Bulgaria. He completed his secondary education in Sofia and continued to study at the Art Academy majoring in painting, but while still a student, he began to study singing under the vocal teacher Ilia Yosifov, and sung in the Academic Choir and the Ensemble of the Ministry of the Interior. Later he continued his education under Hristo Brambarov. His debut at the Sofia Opera was in 1961 in Turandot by Puccini. This was followed by many years of hard work and success: he was awarded gold medal at the Youth Festival in Helsinki (1962), first prize and gold medal at the II International Competition for Young Opera Singers in Sofia (1963), and he also received major Bulgarian medals and international awards, such as Golden Verdi (Parma, 1994) – an award, which is given in very rare cases. Ghiuselev’s achievements were legendary on the stage of Sofia Opera and at many prestigious opera theaters, under the baton of Bulgarian and world renowned conductors: Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Gennady Rozhdestvensky ... There were no artistic limits before him. His repertoire contained all the classical bass parts, as well as some by contemporary composers. He partnered with other great opera talents of the twentieth century: Boris Christoff, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Gena Dimitrova, Raina Kabaivanska, Mario del Monaco, Placido Domingo, Renata Scotti, Carlo Bergonzi and many more. Ghiuselev made a series of recordings especially for Gega New: famous solo arias (GD 200), Orthodox chants (GD 201), and also partnering in duets from operas by Verdi (GD 202). The diversity of his interpretations reveal the amazing capacities of the singer and confirm the opinion of the critics that he has “... a voice that can do whatever he likes.” (La France).

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About the work

Nicola Ghiuselev, bass 
Alexandrina Pendatchanska, soprano 
Vladimir Stoyanov, baritone
Sofia Symphony Orchestra
Boris Hinchev, conductor

[1] La Forza Del Destino
Duet Leonora - Padre Guardiano, Act 2 12'37''
[2] Rigoleto
Duet Rigoletto - Saprafucile, Act 2 4'36''
[3] Don Carlos
Duet Philip - Posa, Act 1 13'19''
[4] Don Carlos
Duet Philip - Elisabeth, Act 3 4'58''
[5] Macbeth
Duet Macbeth - Banco, Act1 3'28''
[6] Attila
Duet Attila - Ezio, Act 1 6'20''
[7] Simon Boccanegra
Duet Doge - Fiesco, Act 4 11'41"
DDD 57'28''


The famous bass Nicola Ghiuselev performs together with the young and already celebrated singers Alexandrina Pendatchanska and Valdimir Stoyanov duets from some of the most loved and widely performed Verdi operas. Still fairly unusual as a genre, this CD of opera ensemble excerpts offers the opportunity of getting to know and appreciating the vocalists' artistic mastery from a different point of view. The duets feature the musicality of the participating couples, alongside with their ability to co-ordinate and combine phrases, moods, feelings and to convey the protagonist's characteristic states, expressed in a harmonious musical sound. They depict vividly Leonora's soul, torn by grief, seeking for Padre Guardiano's kind and wise support; Attila, the cruel warrior and barbarian conqueror, who gradually realises the urgent plea of Ezio, the Roman, trying to convince him to have mercy on his native Italy. Each of the duets contains dramatic and psychological clashes and they all demonstrate the performers' unity, achieved by the soprano Pendatchanska, baritone Stoyanov and Nicola Ghiuselev, whom we hear in all recordings, with exquisite brilliance, both vocal and emotional, and perfect sense of musicality. The CD of Verdi opera duets is original not only for the idea and its realisation but also for the selection of musical excerpts which combine bass with soprano or baritone.

Recorded in December 1996

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