Interview with Raina Kabaivanska
(The answers are taken from Bulgarian newspapers)
(about Tosca): "The begining was difficult. I couldn't find the truth in the heroine. She is too temperamental, too fiery. But later, I understood that she is a real prima donna. She plays not only on the stage, but also in the private life."
(about Butterfly): "From a shy, smitten girl in the first act, she moves to a tragic woman in the last. And the most important - Butterfly is a mother. This is not something Japanese, not european, but universal. "
(about Puccini): "Puccini is a composer of constant professional developpement. His music is a mixture of the 19th century's heritage and the new gropings of his time"
(about her colleagues): "I feel very well on the stage in the company of Alfredo Kraus who is for me the best tenor of our days. A person of great individuality and a very generous partner. Lucciano Pavarotti is a voice of unbelievable beauty. For me, Joan Sutherland is a great example - a phenomenal singer, a phenomenal artist. Renato Bruson - an example of musical intelligence. A very interesting voice is the mezzo Lucia Vallentini-Terani."
(about Maria Callas):
"The most phenomenal voice of the century and also a great musician.
I had a unique professional contact with Callas and I had the opportunity
to learn much from her.
(about the opera today): "Today the opera is in crisis. I know many good singers, but nobody has a great individuality. Today the most important is the quantity, not the quality. As a teacher, I try to give all I know to my students. I want to believe in opera's future. "