The fund was established in 2002 at the New Bulgarian University financed personally by Raina Kabaivanska as a continuation of her charity work in Bulgaria. Through the years supporters of Raina Kabaivanska's Fund are individuals and organizations like America for Bulgaria Foundation, Fantastico, Sofia Municipality, Alpha Bank etc. They contribute to the cause of Raina Kabaivanska to continue the great tradition of the opera art. The number of scholarships and their amount is determined personally by Raina Kabaivanska at the beginning of each academic year during the Master Class.
The highest achieving participants in the Master Class will receive a scholarship from the Raina Kabaivanska fund at the New Bulgarian University in one of the following categories:
- Training in Raina Kabaivanska's Master Class at New Bulgarian University;
- One year training by Raina Kabaivanska at the Institute "O. Vecchi - A. Tonelli" in Modena, Italy;
So far scholarships have been awarded to over 80 young opera singers who have continued their coaching and have been introduced to the professional stage by Raina Kabaivanska. Among them are: Evguenia Braynova, Ina Kuncheva, Antonia Radneva, Plamen Kumpikov, Alexander Nossikov, Anton Markov, Maria Radoeva, Diana Vasileva, Kiril Sharbanov, Doroteya Doroteeva, Vera Guirguinova, Nona Krustnikova, Kostadin Mechkov, Daniel Stefanov, Vesselin Mihailov, Venera Kotlarova, Darina Linkova, Dessislava Stoimenova, Marin Yonchev, Dimitar Arnaudov, Darina Linkova (Bulgaria); Ekaterina Kuprevska (Belarus), Tamta Tarieshvili (Georgia); Georgios Filadelfevs (Greece); Wadia Abi Raad (Lebanon); Veronica Simeoni, Gabriele Ribis, Candida Guida, Adriana Donadelli, Silvia Fregato, Marco Fruzoni, Cristina Bagio, Maria Agresta, Mateo Ferara, Eliza Barbero, Pietro Di Bianco, Cinzia Chiarini, Matteo Desole (Italy); Lei Ma (China); Eliana Bayo' n (Argentina); Mark Fawler (Australia); Nadid Shebnem (Turkey); Yasco Sato, Taecko Ishihara (Japan); Givon Nkosi, Pritti Yende (South Africa); Jose' Moreno (Spain); Vittoria Yeo (South Korea), Eleonora Woinar (Poland), Victoria Kanizo (USA), Anais Meji'as Calderon (Puerto Rico), Ana Petrichevich (Serbia), Roxana Herrera Diaz (Chile).
On 18th of December, 2014 for the Jubilee Charity Gala concert "Raina Kabaivanska presents the stars of the opera" held in honor of the 80th anniversary of Raina Kabaivanska got togather on one stage some of the most prominent students and scholars of the great opera actress, who nowadays are recognized stars of the world most famous opera theatres. Bulgarian audience had the unique chance to listen to Veronica Simeoni and Andrea Carè (Italy), Sofia Soloviy (Ukraine), Vittoria Yeo (South Korea), Ana Petricevic (Serbia) and to the younger opera singers Maria Radoeva, Kostadin Mechkov and Anton Markov (Bulgaria), Anaïs Mejías (Puerto Rico), Elisa Barbero and Matteo Desole (Italy). They came from all over the world to acknowledge their teacher and motivator. The Gala Concert which took place at the National Palace of Culture with the participation of the choir and the orchestra of the Sofia Opera and Ballet House, conducted by Maestro Nayden Todorov , attracted more than 4000 admirers of the opera art. They could enjoy arias and ensembles from the greatest opera masterpieces. All funds raised during the Gala concert were designated to further support the next generation of young opera singers and the cause of Raina Kabaivanska.
Bank account for donations
New Bulgarian University
Raina Kabaivanska Fund
Raiffeisen Bank - EUR