The Bulgarian bass Rossen Krastev grew up in Gorna Oriahovitza. He was influenced by his musical environment during his childhood. After graduating from the Music High School where he had studied tuba and voice, he went on studying at the National Music Academy in Sofia with Professor Ivanka Ninova.

While still studying at the National Music Academy, Mr. Krastev was committed for tours throughout Europe and Asia, where he performed in numerous central roles in his field.

After graduation, he had a permanent engagement at the Opera in the city of Plovdiv for two years. Here he expanded his repertoire, and appeared in guest performances in all opera houes and major concert halls in Bulgaria.

From 2009 to 2011 Daniel Barenboim invited him to the Opera Studio of the Staatsoper unter den Linden in Berlin, where he sang with Placido Domingo, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Edita Gruberova and Rolando Villazon among others. During that time, Mr. Krastev worked in masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbänder, Francisco Araiza, Deborah Polaski, Patricia McCaffrey and Mirella Freni. After the completion of the master class with Mirella Freni, Rossen Krastev was allowed to perform with the Opera Studio at La Scala di Milano.

From 2012 to 2017 Rossen Krastev is engaged at the State Theatre Braunschweig, at which he acquired numerous roles of his Fach and was able to refine them. 2015 he received a scholarship to the Bayreuth Festival and the Sponsoring prize of the City of Braunschweig.

In concerts and recitals, Rossen Krastev has developed an extensive repertoire that includes the main oratorios from the baroque to contemporary as well as art songs, orthodox church music or folk songs of his native country. With the State Broadcasting Sofia and the Sofia Philharmonic in particular he has a long-term collaboration.

Mr. Krastev holds several grants and awards from different institutions and won several prizes in competitions. Guest engagements have taken him to the Komische Oper Berlin, the Hamburg State Opera, the State Theater Dessau and the Opera in Poznan (Poland).

Rossen Krastev lives in Berlin, enjoying an active opera and concert schedule at home and abroad.

Repertoire
Opera
AderholdOrlandoNick Greene (u.a.)
ArgentoThe voyage of E. A. PoeTheaterdirektor
CuiDer gestiefelte KaterMittlerer Burder; König
DonizettiL'elisir d'amoreDulcamara
EgkPeer GyntEin Unbekannter
GiordanoAndrea ChénierPietro Fléville
HerrmannWuthering heightsJoseph
HubayAnna KareninaKarenin
MeyerbeerLe prophèteMathisen
MozartCosi fan tutteAlfonso
MozartDon GiovanniLeporello
MozartLe nozze di FigaroFigaro
MozartDie ZauberflöteSarastro; Sprecher; Geharnischter Mann
NikodijevicVivier - Ein NachtprotokollTschaikowsy
NowitzTraumnovelleZeremonienmeister; Diener; Schneider
PaisielloIl barbiere di SivigliaBartolo
PucciniLa BohèmeSergeant
PucciniMadama ButterflyBonzo
PucciniToscaAngelotti; Kerkermeister
RavelL'enfant et le sortilègeArbre; Fauteuil
RossiniIl barbiere di SivigliaDon Basilio
StraussElektraAlter Diener
StraussSalome2. Soldat; 5. Jude
StrawinskyLe RossignolChembarlin
StrawinskyThe rake's progressKeeper of the Madhouse
TschaikowskyEugene OneginGremin; Hauptmann
TschaikowskyPique DameNarumov
VerdiAidaIl Re
VerdiMacbethBanco
VerdiRigolettoMonterone; Sparafucile
VerdiSimone BoccanegraFiesco; Pietro
VerdiLa TraviataDottore Grenvil
VerdiUn ballo in mascheraTom
WagnerParsifalTiturel
WardThe crucibleFrancis Nurse

Concert & Oratorio
ArnaudovStrasti Hristovi
BachChrist lag in Todes Banden (BWV 4)
BachSchweigt stille, plaudert nicht (BWV 211)
BachMer hahn en neue Oberkeet (BWV 212)
BachMagnificat
DvorakStabat Mater
HändelSaul (staged)
HaydnHarmoniemesse
HaydnSalve Regina
JenkinsArmed Man
MozartRequiem
PucciniMessa di Gloria
RossiniPetite Messe Solenelle
SpohrDer Fall Babylons
VerdiRequiem
Art Songs
Brahms
Borodin
Glinka
Mussorgski
Rachmaninov
Schubert
Tschaikowsky
Miscellaneous
Bulgarian art songs and arias
Italian art songs
Korean art songs
Music from the bulgarian-orthodox literature