Bulgarian tenor Kamen Chanev made his professional debut as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at Sofia National Opera, where he has also performed the roles of Faust, Werther, Count Almaviva, Lensky, Edgardo, Tonio, Alfredo Germont, Belmonte, Tamino, and Don Ottavio. In recent years, he has added more dramatic roles to his repertory, including Mario Cavaradossi, Erik, Don José, Radamès, Des Grieux and Calaf.
His career has taken him to the Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and houses in Frankfurt, Zurich, Catania, Tokyo, Antwerp, Valencia, Seville, Washington and Tel Aviv, among others He has collaborated with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Nicola Luisotti, Michail Jurowski, Paolo Carignani, and Asher Fisch.
He has recently appeared in Manon Lescaut at the Hamburg State Opera, Tosca at the Canadian Opera Company, Andrea Chénier at the Hungarian State Opera, Aida at the Polish National Opera at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, Carmen at Theater Basel, Attila at the Terme di Caracalla in Rome, Cavalleria Rusticana at State Opera Stara Zagora, Un ballo in maschera at the Berlin State Opera, and with Deutsche Oper Berlin, State Opera Plovdiv and the Opera Nationala Romana Timisoara in Turandot.
He studied at the Sofia-based Academy of Music and at Accademia Musicale in Rome. He is a laureate of the Jussi Björling Tenor Competition.