Ivo Stanchev  Bass


In 2022 Ivo Stanchev made his debut as COLLINE in “La Bohème” at the Glyndebourne Festival and returns here as the COMMENDATORE in “Don Giovanni” in 2023.

In the season 22/23 he also was BORIS GODUNOV at the Innsbruck Theatre , JÖRG in “Stiffelio” in Aachen and FILIPO in “Don Carlo” at the Sofia National Opera.

In the season 23/24 the bassist debuts as ZACCARIA in “Nabucco” at the Prague National Opera and as the POPE in “Lady Macbeth of Menszk” at the Opera House Leipzig.

In the season 24/25 he returns as ZACCARIA to Prague and as POPE to Leipzig. He portrays SPARAFUCILE and other roles at the Vienna State Opera.

Lately, he portrayed SURIN in “Pique Dame” at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. At the beginning of 2023 he succeeded with the Orchestre National de France in concerts of IVAN LE TERRIBLE a.o. at the Philharmonie de Paris.

From 2018 to 2021 he was FERRANDO in “Il TRovatore” at the Heidenheim Festival, TIMUR at the Aachen Theatre, the OLD HEBREW in “Samson and Delilah”at the Rheinoper Düsseldorf-Duisburg. He sang Prokofief’s IVAN LE TERRIBLE with the National Radio Symphony Orchestra Madrid and at the Bolshoi Theatre in Minsk he performed in a gala opera concert. At the Hagen Theatre he was the GOLD DEALER in “Cardillac”, the SACRISTAN in “Tosca” and LUTHER and CRESPEL in “The Tales of Hoffmann”.
He was BASILIO in “Il barbiere di Siviglia” at the Opéra de Toulon, SPECTRO in “Hamlet” at the Gran Teatre de Liceu Barcelona, TOM in “Un ballo in maschera” (Daniel Oren conducting) at the Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, IL FRATE at the Mannheim National Theatre and TIMUR in “Turandot” at the International Music Festival Gut Immling.

In the season 20/21 his engagements as RAIMONDO in “Lucia” at the Munster Theater, FILIPO in “Don Carlo” at the Heidelberg Theater were canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic. His debuts as ZACCARIA in “Nabucco” at the Prague State Opera and BORIS GODUNOV at the Innsbruck Theater, as well as concerts in memoriam of Brigitte Nilsson in Sweden were postponed.

He portrayed RAMFIS in “Aida” at the Teatro Principal Palma de Mallorca, LEONE in “Attila” in concerts at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, ZABULÓN in “La dogaresa” and CANO in “Juan José” under the musical direction of Miguel Gómez Martinez at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid. Here, he also enthralled as PASCUAL in the Spanish opera “Marina” by Emilio Arrieta genauso and as SALIERI in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “Mozart and Salieri”.

After his studies at the Music Academy ‚Pantscho Vladigerov‘ in Sofia he attended master classes with Vladimir Galousine, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Teresa Berganza and Deborah Polaski.
First, he sang concerts with orthodox sacred music in Germany, Austria and France.
His first opera performances included DOCTOR GRENVIL in” La Traviata” and RAIMONDO in “Lucia di Lammermoor” i concerts in the Royal Palace in La Granja de San Ildefonso (Spain).

In Salamanca he made his debut as IL RE in “Aida”. He was SIMONE in “Gianni Schicchi” at the Opera Festival in Calviá in Palma de Mallorca and STEPÁN in Mussorgsky's “The Wedding” at the Teatro Real Madrid, where he could also be admired in “Der Rosenkavalier” under the musical direction of Jeffrey Tate, in concerts of Roberto Devereux together with Edita Gruberova and Josep Bros and in Britten’s “Death in Venice” under the musical direction of Alejo Pérez.

He made his debut in Italy in Bottesini’s opera “Ero e Leandro” in Crema.


Theater Freiburg - Don Carlos- GROßINQUISITOR
Ivo Stanchev’s black, incredibly voluminous Grand Inquisitor bass voice was appropriately contrasting.
OPERNWELT 5/24 – Alexander Dick
Prague State Opera – Nabucco - ZACCARIA
A strong trio of guest singers mirrored the fraught atmosphere, (...) and Bulgarian bass Ivo Stanchev as Zaccaria, the leader of the Israelites.
(...) and Stanchev deftly combined hope and desperation in his vocals.
The character Zaccaria, sung singing by the Bulgarian bass Ivo Stanchev with constant sound quality and with a delightful timbre throughout the entire performance, plays an important role. His bass voice was probably the best male voice in the Nabucco opera.
Klasika Plus
Glyndbourne Festival – Don Giovanni – COMMENDATORE
The Commendatore is a great operatic bass role and Ivo Stanchev has the rich mahogany tones and power to make the most of it. The entrance given for him at the end of the opera is however a little pedestrian after the big the big build-up. The graveside statue of The Commendatore (in the hotel’s fairy-lit garden) has spoken, Stanchev offstage, and Giovanni has brazened it out and invited it to dinner. Dinner comes against the background of a thunderstorm and Leporello and Elvira, who has come to save him, are terrified at the approaching titanic statue crossing the garden. But Stanchev just walks in. Nevertheless, Stabchev makes an impression with his voice, rich and resonant, it puts over all the authority of the dead Commendatore. Ferma un po’! Stop a while, he commands, before giving him one last chance to repent.
Mark Aspen
Bulgarian Bass Ivo Stanchev as The Commendatore produces a suitably, doom-laden voice for Giovanni’s spectral nemesis.
Opera Wire
Ivo Stanchev makes a worthy Commendatore.
Opera Today
Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck – Boris Godunow - BORIS GODUNOW
Ivo Stanchev is a youthful Boris, who paints his part in sonorous, dark grey and who can do in his play without any false expressiveness.
OPERNWELT 5/23, Markus Thiel
In the title role was Bulgarian bass Ivo Stanchev. Although there have been rougher, wilder, more animated vocal characterizations that have brilliantly brought out Boris’ vicious and dominating personality, Stanchev’s more refined approach was no less convincing. He possesses a warm, attractive, versatile voice, which he used to create a multi-layered character. In the early scenes, he presented Boris as calm, cool and controlled, but with a dark undercurrent, which, in the latter scenes, he imbued with an increasingly violent emotional intensity. The contrasts made his dissent into madness very real, very believable and his suffering and isolation became painfully honest. Nothing was overstated. Likewise, his acting was finely crafted to develop his character. His confidence and strong physical presence allowed him to dominate.
The Bulgarian bass singer Ivo Stanchev convincingly portrays the title role. His Boris Godunow is at the same time human and ruler, ruthless and marked by madness. His vocal perfection in tonal design and reproduction are simply astounding.
Opera Online
What is needed in order to work it out, are singers of charisma. And the Innsbruck Theatre does have such artists. Starting with the youthful Ivo Stanchev, who paints the title role into deep grey.
Although the cast is truly extensive, the title hero clearly portrays the central role. And by engaging the Bulgarian-born bass singer Ivo Stanchev, the Innsbruck Theatre has succeeded in pulling off another masterstroke. A young singer with a wonderful , perfectly trained voice, who also succeeded in constantly making a present impression as a stage personality. The name of this singer should be noted!
Online Merker
Conductor Oliver von Dohnányi put his entire heart in his interpretation and spared no Pathos. The same can be said of the heavily tasked choir and the 14 soloists, above all the Bulgarian bass singer Ivo Stanchev in the title role…
BR Klassik
Philharmonie de Paris – IVAN LE TERRIBLE
...Ivo Stanchev convinces in the popular „Oath of the Oprichniki“ with his engagement on stage and the quality of his bass voice.
Theater Aachen – Stiffelio – JORG
...the extremely respectable singer soloists landlord Stankar (Benjamin Bevan) and the old preacher Jorg (Ivo Stanchev) show profile.
Aachener Zeitung
Glyndebourne Festival – La Boheme - COLLINE
Ivo Stanchev’s Colline offered a tender song to his coat, finding subtle shades and human warmth in his short spotlight moment.
Opera Wire
Bulgarian bass Ivo Stanchev as Colline brings a delicious tragi-comic sensibility and plangent tone to his aria ‘Vecchia zimarra, senti’ in which he bids farewell to his old coat that has served him so well before it is sold to fund help for the ailing Mimi.
London Unattached
Bulgarian bass Ivo Stanchev sang the role of Colline with a delicious warmth.
the arts desk
Gran Teatre del Liceu – Pique Dame - SURIN
Bass Ivo Stanchev as Surin with arcuate, rich, dark, vocally decisive sound.
Theater Hagen – Cardillac - GOLDHÄNLDER
The imposing power of Ivo Stánchev’s bass voice, who sings the gold dealer, literally pushes one in one’s chair.
Der Opernfreund
Ivo Stánchev impresses as the gold dealer with his powerful bass voice.
Online Musik Magazin
Nationaltheater Mannheim – Don Carlo – IL FRATE
Impressive, cultivated was the third black voice during the short monk passages (Ivo Stanchev).
Online Merker
Prague State Opera – Nabucco - ZACCARIA
Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck – Boris Godunow - BORIS GODUNOW
Glyndebourne Festival – La Boheme - COLLINE
Theater Hagen - Les Contes d´Hoffmann - LUTHER
Theater Hagen - Les Contes d´Hoffmann - CRESPEL
Theater Hagen - Cardillac - GOLDHÄNDLER