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James A. Altena
Fanfare, March 2017

…the singing by every member of the cast is very good if not exceptional—one strong, healthy, well-produced voice after another, though with no particular standouts. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, January 2017


A good quality ‘realistic’ production worth investigating.

I found this to be a very nice performance in a wonderful outdoor verismo setting and, while the acoustics do sound ‘outdoors’ in places, there is plenty to enjoy here! © 2017 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

David J. Baker
Opera News, January 2017

The musical performance is tightly focused and urgently propelled by Chudovski. The staging in front of the illuminated Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is also fluid, sometimes encircling the orchestra pit. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review

Richard Sininger
American Record Guide, November 2016

The performance of most of the singers is quite good. In the title role, Martin Tsonev has the big bass voice as well as the imposing physical stature for an ideal Boris. In this bass-heavy opera, Angel Hristov and Petar Buchkov are both impressive as Pimen and Varlaam. Boris’s children are exceptionally well sung by soprano Irina Zhekova and boy soprano Mario Krastev. Tenor Sergei Drobishevsky makes a good Shuiski, …The chorus, orchestra, and many small parts were effective under the leadership of Konstantin Chudovski. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Christie Grimstad, August 2016

Martin Tsonev follows in the footsteps of fellow countryman, Boris Christoff in the title role. There’s nothing to sneeze about as Tsonev is everything Plamen Kartaloff could wish for in this grandiose reconstruction. Though the voice is a shade lighter in darkness when compared to Boris Christoff, there’s an aura of might and energy which insidiously builds towards Boris’ madman state. Martin Tsonev’s repeated browbeating instills fear in any and all he individuals encounters.

…artistically impressive and monumental. © 2016 Read complete review

Gavin Engelbrecht
The Northern Echo, August 2016

This spectacular production, performed 90 years after the cathedral’s consecration, was conceived by Plamen Kartaloff, the director of Sofia Opera and dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous Bulgarian bass Boris Christoff and the 85th anniversary of the birth of Nicolai Ghiaurov. Both artists were world-renowned for their interpretations of the role of Boris. In this production, the role is sung by the great Bulgarian bass Martin Tsonev. Highly recommended. © 2016 The Northern Echo

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