Petar Raichev was born on March 9th, 1887 near Sofia. At first he took private singing lessons with the well-known Bulgarian singer – bass and teacher – Ivan Vulpe, and then at the conservatory in Moscow with Umberto Masetti. In 1912, he consulted De Lucia in Naples. Petar Raichev made his debut in 1908 with the Bulgarian Opera Company. In 1912, Raichev sang successfully at the San Carlo. From 1913 to 1920, he was the soloist of the Petersburg Theatre of Musical Drama. From 1920, Raichev sang regularly in Europe (Italy, France, Yugoslavia), and quite often sang with Shaljapin. In 1934-35, he was a soloist and stage director at the Zagreb opera. From 1936, Raichev sang occasionally in Bulgaria, and from 1944 he was a stage director there. His acting was compared to Stanislavskij. Raichev was a professor at the Sofia conservatory. He died in Sofia on August 30th,1960. Among his best roles were: José, Werther, Rodolfo, Canio, Calaf, Nemorino, Lenskij, Sinodal (in Demon by Rubinstein), and Hermann.
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the pictures, biographical notes and recordings (Mignon, Rimpianto and Luisa Miller).