|Biser Georgiev as Scarpia this season (left) and in 2013 (right)|
A fan in Sofia, Bulgaria alerted us to Bulgarian barihunk Biser Georgiev, who apparently has developed quite a reputation at the opera house for his feral, open-shirted Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca. The Varma born singer has performed the role for the Sofia National Opera the last three seasons. He's been performing the evil police chief since he debuted it with the Prague State Opera in the 2007-08 season, with critics singling him out for "stealing the show."
We've always maintained that a sexy Scarpia adds to the sexual and dramatic tension of the Act 2 rape scene. We're glad to see that the Sofia National Opera has stuck with this concept, which is clearly popular with the audience.
Georgiev has sung a number of roles with the company, including Alberich in Wagner's Ring Cycle, Don Pizarro in Beethoven's Fidelio, the title role in Verdi's Rigoletto, Amonasro in Verdi's Aida and Alfio in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana.