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Guenko Guechev

Assoc. Prof. & Chair of Voice, Dir. Opera Workshop
Mary Pappert School of Music
Ensembles

School of Music 108
Phone: 412.396.6076

Education:

M.M., Voice Performance, P.V. Academy of Music, Sofia, 1990
B.M., Voice Performance, P.V. Academy of Music, Sofia, 1988
Bio

Guenko Guechev is a world- renowned Bass-Baritone. He has taken his natural aptitude for music and his gift of language- fluency and applied them with fervor to the specialty of 19th and early 20th century operatic interpretive vocal styles.

Professor Guechev was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. He received his bachelor's and Master's Degree in Performance from the Pancho Vladigerov State Conservatory of Music in Sofia. He was a student of Professor Resa Koleva. After graduation, he continued his vocal study with the renowned Professor Sergei Afanasiev at the -Tchaikovsky Conservatory- in Moscow. In 1993, he was chosen from hundreds of young singers to study with the legendary operatic bass Boris Christoff in Rome, Italy.

Professor Guechev has sung principal bass roles with many European companies. He has appeared in productions of Carmen, Nabucco, Boris Godunov, Don Giovanni, Barbiere di Seviglia, Aleko, Macbeth, I Puritani, Il Trovatore, La Boheme, Tosca, La Traviata, and Un Ballo in Maschera in the countries of Austria (at the Salzburg Festspielhaus), Bulgaria, Germany (Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin), Switzerland, Greece, Belgium & the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, France, Denmark, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland.

Shortly after moving to the United States, Professor Guechev's made his US opera debut in Verdi's Rigoletto with the Pittsburgh Opera in 1999. Since then, he has appeared in Lortzing's Tzar und Zimmerman, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Verdi's Il Trovatore, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and Britten's Albert Herring with Opera Delaware, Central City Opera, Opera Syracuse and Natchez Opera Festival.

In his voice studio professor Guechev works with the students on fundamental vocal technique and wide area of repertoire. His true passion and expertise is in developing and guidance of substantial operatic voices capable of singing Verdi, Puccini and Wagner.

His student Katya Shcherbachenko is the winner of the prestigious 2009 Cardiff's 'singer of the world- international voice competition.

Professor Guechev is the founder and director of the -Duquesne University Lirica Roma-, a summer vocal program based in Rome, Italy. He is also the Director of Education of the Baltimore based Inter-Atlantic Music Foundation and the foundation sponsored -Puldin International Voice Competition.' In 2003 Guenko Guechev became the representative for North America of ONE (Opera Network Europe), a network of 30 Opera Houses and Opera Festivals in Europe.