NACOSKI DECLARED AS CULTURAL AMBASSADOR TO ITALY
Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski appointed world-renowned tenor Blagoj Nacoski Macedonia's culture ambassador in Italy.
"I will continue to do what I have been doing thus far worldwide - promote this small piece of land, which is in dire need of global promotion. More people should promote Macedonia in this way, because no politician can do more for a country than a culture activist", stated Nacoski after the meeting.
The tenor's agenda is full for the following three years. Nacoski returns to Italy next week, due to perform in the "Barber of Seville", followed by a tour in the Poland National Opera.
Blagoj Nacoski was born in 1979 in Skopje, in a family of musicians. Showing his exceptional talent and interest in music, he started to study singing with his mother Lidija Nacoska. Later, he attended the "Ilija Nikolovski – Luj" Music and Ballet Educational Centre under Prof. Marija Nikolovska. He continued his higher education in Rome, Italy, studying vocal arts with Mirella Parutto and Antonio Boyer. He also studied with Anna Vandi and Raul Gimenez. Blagoj Nacoski received his bachelor degree in 2003 from Conservatorio di Musica Licinio Refice di Frosinone, near Rome.
Nacoski made his operatic debut in 2003, actually as a student, on the stage of the Rome Opera House (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma) performing the role of Arturo in Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" under conductor Daniel Oren and stage director Graham Vick. Since that moment his career has been blooming across the continents.
Nacoski has been dedicated not only to operatic, but also to symphonic and chamber music. In Il Quirinale, the Rome palace of the President of Italy, in 2005 he performed in a concert in honor of Johannes Brahms and his Lieder Waltzes, simultaneously broadcast on Radio RaiTre and Euroradio. In March 2006 in Mantua, Italy, he sang Lieder of Brahms and Schumann. He gave a series of concerts dedicated to the chamber arias of Francesco P. Tosti.
In 2006 Deutsche Grammophon published on a DVD the video recording of the premiere of Mozart's "The Dream of Scipione" ("Il Sogno di Scipione"), performed at that summer's Salzburg Festival with Nacoski in the principal role of Scipione. A new DVD recording from the live performance of "Ariadne auf Naxos" in Zurich, was published by TDK, also with Nacoski as Brighella. Recently, a recording of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" was released by Dynamic, where Blagoj Nacoski sings the role of Arturo together with Mariella Devia as Lucia. There were many recordings for the Macedonia Radio and Television Network.
Nacoski has gained numerous international recognitions and awards, including: second place at the International Singing Competition, organized in 2002 by Rotary International in Pescara, Italy; at the age of 23, he won in 2003 third place and Recognition for The Youngest Finalist at the Alcamo City International Opera Competition; first place at the "Boris Christoff Foundation" International Competition for Young Opera Singers, in 2002, in Rome; The Award "Pierluigi Damiani" of The Union of Artists of Italy; The Special Award at The Competition "Spiros Argiris" in Sarzana, Italy; The Silver Medallion of "Accademia Filarmonica di Messina"; Winner at the "National Competitions in Opera, Lied and Oratorio Singing of Macedonia", 1995 and 1997.
Macedonian artists bearing title culture ambassadors include director Milco Mancevski, baritone Boris Trajanov and dramaturge Goran Stefanovski.