After the undisputed success of the first edition of the national competition for young opera singers with international participation in the name of the great Bulgarian baritone with a worldwide career and vocal pedagogue - maestro Stoyan Popov /17-21.10.2022/, who gathered on the stage of the State Opera - Burgas 46 performers from 8 countries, the second edition of the "Stoyan Popov" competition is coming - in the same time period, also in the hall of the Burgas State Cultural Institute. The event is carried out by the Burgas Opera, with the cooperation of the Municipality of Burgas, which was also a partner of last year's edition of the competition. Last year's edition of the competition was realized with the financial support of the National Fund "CULTURE" under the "PROGRAM FOR THE RESTORATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF STATE, REGIONAL AND MUNICIPAL CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS"

The "Stoyan Popov" competition is for young opera singers - up to 37 years old, and will be held from October 17 to 21, 2023 in the hall of the State Opera - Burgas. This year, 2023, we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the birth of maestro Stoyan Popov /who was born on October 21 - the date of the Laureates' Gala concert/. On October 17, at 6 p.m., the official opening of the photo exhibition "90 Years of Stoyan Popov" will take place in the lobby of the Burgas Opera House.

Information, photos, and video from the official closing and concert of the laureates of the First National Competition for Young Opera Singers with International Participation "Stoyan Popov" 2022: GALA CONCERT OF THE LAUREATES - OCTOBER 21, 2022 STATE OPERA HALL - BURGAS https://operabourgas.com/en/media/news/exclusive-gala-concert-stoyan-popov-opera-competition

The laureates of the first edition of the competition participated in the performance of "La Traviata" under the direction of Assoc. Dr. Alexander Tekeliev - as part of the prize for the competition - on February 28, 2023, in the Opera Hall.

Information, photos, and video from the performance of "La Traviata" with the participation of laureates of the first edition of the "Stoyan Popov" competition - February 28, 2023, Hall of the State Opera - Burgas:

PERFORMANCE OF THE OPERA "TRAVIATA" BY VERDI - WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF THE WINNERS OF THE "STOIAN POPOV" COMPETITION - FEBRUARY 28, 2023, OPERA HALL https://operabourgas.com/en/media/news/exciting-la-traviata-brilliant-artistic-cast


The world-famous opera singer Stoyan Popov was born on October 21, 1933, in the village of Momina Church, Burgas Region. The famous baritone comes from a priestly family and was brought up in faith in the values of Christianity and virtue, patriotism, and respect for Bulgarian traditions. It is from Burgas that his remarkable journey as an artist, who has recognition far beyond the borders of his homeland, begins.

Maestro Stoyan Popov graduated from the Bulgarian State Conservatory in the class of Prof. Hristo Brambarov. Even as a student, he was awarded a gold medal at the World Youth Festival in Helsinki. It has been called the "Voice Cathedral" by French music critics and the "Bulgarian Tito Gobi". His tours on the world opera stages receive evaluations such as "exceptional Macbeth", "unsurpassed interpreter of Scarpia" and others. As a long-time soloist of the National Opera and Ballet, he performed central roles in operas by Verdi ("Rigoletto", "Nabucco", "The Troubadour", "Macbeth", "Aida", "Othello", "Falstaff", "Hernani", "The Traviata",); Puccini ("Tosca"); Bizet ("Carmen"); Tchaikovsky ("Lady of Spades"); Mussorgsky ("Khovanshchyna", "Boris Godunov") and many others. Honored with the title "Camerzenger" of Austria /1982. He has partnered on the same stage with world singers such as Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Giacomo Aragal, José Carreras, Alfredo Kraus, Petar Dvorsky, Elena Obraztsova, Renata Scotto, etc. There are dozens of his performances with partners such as Raina Kabaivanska, Gena Dimitrova, Alexandrina Milcheva, Anna Tomova-Sintova, Nikola Nikolov, Nikolay Gyaurov, Nikola Gyuzelev, and many more stars from the Bulgarian opera firmament.

His repertoire contains over 50 central baritone parts performed in opera houses on 3 continents with great success. There are hundreds of songs performed by him, as well as cantata-oratorio and vocal-symphonic works.

In Bulgaria, Stoyan Popov sings not only in the Sofia Opera. He is also a frequent guest on the stages of all non-capital opera houses.

The trajectory of Stoyan Popov's artistic path always starts from his homeland and invariably ends there. Although he repeatedly had offers and opportunities to choose where to live and create in the world, following his career path, he always returned to Bulgaria and shared that he misses Bulgaria, his relatives, friends, the atmosphere in our theaters, or generally speaking - everything Bulgarian.

In addition to the stage, the Maestro devoted more than 20 years to the cause of helping young colleagues. He taught them vocal technique and interpretation, and through his contacts and acquaintances at home and abroad, he managed to help them in their professional development.

His unfulfilled dream remained the creation of studios for young opera singers, where they could develop and improve their talent and vocal and acting skills. The idea of a competition in his name originates precisely from his innermost desire - with thought and care for the young generation, to continue the dignified presence of Bulgarian opera artists on world stages!

Detailed information about the great Bulgarian opera singer with a worldwide career - on the official website dedicated to his remarkable artistic path: http://www.stoyanpopov.com/


The second national competition for young opera singers "Stoyan Popov" will be held from October 17 to 21, 2023 in two rounds, during which the candidates will perform on the stage of the State Opera - Burgas with piano accompaniment.

The lot will be drawn on October 17, 2016. Participants who fail to appear in the specified order will be disqualified. The competition program includes October 18, 19, and 20, and the final concert of the laureates will be on October 21 with the orchestra of the State Opera - Burgas - on the birthday of maestro Stoyan Popov. Changes to the competition program attached to the application are not allowed.



Young opera singers (Bulgarian and foreign) participate in the competition - men and women up to 37 years old. The composition of the jury is determined by the contest organizers.

Applications for participation can be submitted electronically to the official email of the State Opera - Burgas - office@operabourgas.com, or to the office of the Human Resources Department at the State Opera - Burgas / address: Burgas, Kliment St. Ohridski" #2/.

Necessary documents:

Application form
Current portrait photo with high resolution - 300 DPI, format
Professional biography in Bulgarian, for foreign candidates - in English - maximum 1 page, format
Document for paid participation fee in the amount of BGN 120. The fee is transferred by bank transfer to the account of the State Opera - -Burgas:


IBAN: BG17UNCR96603119073010




Deadline for submission of documents – October 10, 2023.

Competition program:

The first and second rounds will be accompanied by a piano - on the big stage in the hall of the State Opera - Burgas and the candidates themselves provide an accompanist or the organizers can provide one for payment by the candidate, which is indicated in advance on the form.

For an accompanist, provided by the organizers, BGN 30 for a rehearsal (up to 1 hour - 60 minutes), BGN 50 for appearing at the competition.

Registration fees are non-refundable.

The competition is held in two rounds:

A) I round - the candidates perform a song or aria of their choice by a Bulgarian composer and an aria of their choice by a Slavic composer.

B) Round II – Candidates perform 1 aria of their choice (different from those performed in Round I) and one aria from an opera by Giuseppe Verdi.

- 2. Auditions are carried out by types of votes and according to the order of lots drawn the day before the start of the competition. – 17. 10.2023 at 3 p.m. in the hall of the State Opera – Burgas

- All arias /text and music/ are performed in the original at 440 Hertz standard, in their entirety, and by heart.

Clothing Requirements:

Please ensure that you bring with you to your competition performance-appropriate attire for the audition. Formal attire for the closing gala is mandatory.


Travel and accommodation expenses are not covered by the organizers.

The organizers will provide an opportunity for accommodation at preferential prices to those who have submitted an application for participation by September 20, 2023.

17.10.2023 - Arrival in the city of Burgas and drawing of lots - at 3:00 p.m. in the hall of the State Opera - Burgas;

10.2023 - First round - from 10.00 am
19.10.2023 – Second round – from 12:00 p.m

20.10.2023 - Rehearsals of the laureates with the orchestra of the State Opera - Burgas

21.10.2023 - Final gala evening of the laureates with the orchestra of the State Opera - Burgas and official closing of the Second National Competition "Stoyan Popov" with international participation.


In the Gala Concert, the laureates of the competition will perform with the orchestra of the State Opera - Burgas one or two arias from their competition program, determined by the jury after the II round.




KALUDI KALUDOV - opera singer (tenor), vocal teacher - chairman of the jury

Prof. NIKO ISAKOV - opera singer (baritone), vocal pedagogue - dean of the Vocal Faculty at the NMA "Prof. Pancho Vladigerov"

Prof. Dr. TONI SHEKERDJIEVA-NOVAK - Rector of AMTI "Prof. Asen Diamandiev" - Plovdiv

Prof. Dr. GRIGOR PALIKAROV - conductor, chief artistic director of the Symphony Orchestra - Pazardzhik

OGNIAN DRAGANOV - opera director, director of the State Opera - Stara Zagora

Assoc. Dr. ALEXANDER TEKELIEV - opera director, director of the State Opera - Burgas


The jury determines the following awards:

- For women - three prizes (First prize - BGN 3,000 and participation in a performance at the State Opera - Burgas, Second prize - BGN 2,000, Third prize - BGN 1,000)

- For men - three prizes (First prize - BGN 3,000 and participation in a performance at the State Opera - Burgas, Second prize - BGN 2,000, Third prize - BGN 1,000)


The jury has the right not to award all prizes.

Jury decisions are final.

In the final concert, the winners of the awards take part in the proposal of the jury

The competition is carried out with the assistance of the Municipality of Burgas.