The well-known Bulgarian musician Georgi Dimitrov will conduct both spectacles of “Rigoletto” by G. Verdi at the Sofia Opera on 19 and 20 May at 19:00 h
His musical education began by the well-known violin pedagogue B. Rosenberg. In 1971 he graduated from the Bulgarian State Conservatory – Sofia (today National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov”), where he studied Orchestra conducting by Prof. Vladi Simeonov and Violin by the well-known Bulgarian violinist and music pedagogue Prof. Mihail Balkanski. He specialized by Yevgeny Mravinsky and Arvīds Jansons in Leningrad (today St. Petersburg).
From 1972 to 1981, he was conductor of the Plovdiv Philharmonics, and from 1981 to 1985 he was Chief Conductor of the Ruse Opera. Till 1990 he was Director of the Ruse Opera, as well as conductor at the Sofia Opera. In the period 1990–1995 he was conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Republic of San Marino. In 2004 he was awarded the highest distinction of the Republic of San Marino – Cavalier of the Saint Agatha Order.
He has conducted all Bulgarian orchestras and was invited as guest-conductor of many well-known orchestras and opera theatres in Russia, Romania, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, Cuba, Mexico, Spain and others.
His repertoire includes symphonic works and opera titles, premiere performances of works by Konstantin Iliev, Simeon Pironkov, Lazar Nikolov, Krasimir Kyurkchiyski, Georgi Arnaudov, as well as works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Anton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schönberg, Leonard Bernstein, Sergei Prokofiev.
Impressing are his productions of “Nabucco”, „Aida”, “La traviata”, „Un ballo in maschera”. “Otello”, “Don Carlo”, “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi, “La bohème”, “Tosca” by Puccini, “Norma” by Bellini, “L’elisir d’amore” and “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Donizetti, “Cavalleria rusticana” by Mascagni, “The Queen of Spades” by Tchaikovsky.
Since season 1995-1996 Georgi Dimitrov was Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Plovdiv Philharmonics, subsequently of the Opera-Philharmonic Society – Plovdiv and realized many projects, tours in Bulgaria and abroad, as well as the opening of the European Month of Culture, broadcasted directly on Eurovision.
Since 2000 Georgi Dimitrov was Director of the Opera-Philharmonic Society – Ruse, and from 2005 to 2009 he was Director of the Opera-Philharmonic Society – Plovdiv. Since 2009 he was conductor at the Opera-Philharmonic Society – Ruse. Since 2013 he is freelance conductor.