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Pagliacci, or Pagliacci project is an upcoming metal-opera/art-metal project from Bulgaria, founded in 2014 by two ex-members of the symphonic metal act Allegorist

Zhivko Koev (keyboards, music, lyrics) and Katerina Simeonova (vocals). 

Their concept album "The Village of Madmen" will feature 4 vocalists (each playing the role one of the four main characters in the story) and lots of guest musicians from all over the world.

Cast & Crew Biographies

Zhivko Koev

Zhivko is a Bulgarian composerKapellmeister and arranger at,Vivaldi Metal Projectkeyboardistlyricist and founding member of the bands Pagliacci and Allegorist. He started playing the piano at the age of twelve with the sole purpose of learning to compose his own music. 

Two years later he joined his first metal band.

Zhivko has been influenced by various genres including Prog-RockGothic MetalSymphonic Metal and Classical Music

He combines all of these influences (and more) in his original compositions

He is known for his story-driven songwriting and conceptual lyrics. (concept album

In his work, he strives to achieve a balance between the musical and lyrical components, of a song so that they enhance and complement one another.

About the Vivaldi Metal Project, Zhivko says: “I love the idea for the Vivaldi Metal ProjectVivaldi’ s music has always had a special place in my heart and in the line-up for the Project I see some of my all-time favorite musicians!

Katerina Simeonova

Katya is a classically trained mezzo-soprano from Bulgaria.
She also sings 
metal and alternative music

Katya started taking singing lessons at the age of 15 and has gradually focused her vocal studies in Chamber music.
She sings in the metal bands Pagliacci and 
Allegorist, and has collaborated with artists in different genres of Metal and Rock.

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Zhivko Koev (keyboards, music, lyrics)

Katerina Simeonova (vocals)

The exact amount of collaborating musicians we do not know at this time, because we are still in the studio, working on the album—Zhivko Koev 


Pagliacci stayed on june 1 2017 at "The Lunch" and introduced new music from their new album.

Zhivko Koev, creator and author of the Pagliacci metal opera project, is visiting "The Lunch" with Elena Rosberg

He and singer Katerina Simeonova presented new music from the new mini-album (ep) of the band.

The first official edition of the Bulgarian metal opera project, Pagliacci will be released on June 8th. 

The mini album is called "Yours Sincerely, Sister Josephine" and contains 5 songs.

Musicians from all over the world, including: 
Mistheria, (Vivaldi Metal Project) Bruce Dickinson (Iron MaidenVivaldi Metal Project), Benjamin Lechuga  (Delta), Julie Bélanger Roy (MärchenbilderGone in April), Dez Marinkov (I.V.R.Nemo) and others.

"Yours Sincerely, Sister Josephine" is a conceptual mini-album introducing the listener to the world, the story and some of the characters in Pagliacci's work.The events described in the EP link the story lines of the upcoming first and second albums of the project.

In the roles of the four characters, the vocalists were: 
Katerina Simeonova (ex-AllegoristVivaldi Metal Project), Dimitar Naydev (Ghost Warfare),  Dimitar Belchev (Violentory) and Elitsa Stoyanova (Aegonia.)

The album is be available for listening on Spotify and buying from all major online stores like iTunes and Google Play. 

"Yours Sincerely, Sister Josephine" will be released digital, and on a physical medium, (CD) featuring three bonus tracks:

Dear Brother Dominick
Black Flowers
So Sane
Wise Men & Lunatics
Calling Melchizedek

The Pagliacci debut EP 

"Yours Sincerely, Sister Josephine" 

is now available for purchase on:    

Google Play  







Yours Sincerely, Sister Josephine (2017) ep

Memberlist of all 18 musicians who took part in the recording of    "Yours Sincerely, Sister Josephine"  

Benjamin Lechuga (acoustic guitar)
Davy Stuyck (bass)
Dez Marinkov (drums)
Dimitar Belchev (vocals)
Димитър Найдев (vocals)
Elitsa Stoyanova (speech)
Georgi Latev (guitar, bass)
Julie Bélanger Roy (viola)
Katerina Simeonova (vocals)
Marc van der Meulen (viola)
Marco Tals (guitar, bass)
Mistheria (piano, keytar)
Nikolay Nikolov (acoustic guitar)
Petko Petrov (bass)
Teodor Slavov (drums)
Victor Nord (drums)
Yordan Yordanov (guitars)

Zhivko Koev (keyboards)

Choir-trailer from Wise man & lunatics   Recording viola-part of Wise man & lunatics by Julie Belanger Roy   Piano-part by Mistheria

Mistheria (Vivaldi Metal Project) recording his Keytar-solo for So sane

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(Toheres Records) Reviewed 

26th May 2017

Pagliacci is an international Metal Opera project masterminded by keyboardist Zhivko Koev (Vivaldi Metal Project, ex-Allegorist), featuring musicians from all over the world such as: Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock) on piano and keytar, Benjamin Lechuga (Delta, Lechuga) on acoustic guitar, Julie Bélanger Roy (Märchenbilder, Gone in April) on viola, Georgy Latev (Ghost Warfare) on guitar and bass and others. It also features four vocalists each playing the part of one of the characters in the story: Dimitar Naydev, Katerina Simeonova, Dimitar Belchev and Elitsa Stoyanova. And let's not forget The Choir Of The
Mad! This EP is a concept album, introducing the world, story and some of the characters featured in Pagliacci’s work. It also serves as a bridge between their upcoming first and second full-length albums, featuring characters from both and connecting their narratives. Starting with a brief spoken acoustic intro with speech by Elitsa Stoyanova that then takes us into 'Black Flowers' with dual vocals from Katerina Simeonova & Dimitar Naydev, coupled with a catchy chorus to boot. The same vocalist take the lead on 'So Sane', while on the sombre 'Wise Men and Lunatics' Katerina Simeonova takes the female lead. The EP closes with the complex 'Calling Melchizedek'. This is a good effort and has me looking forward to the full length albums. Check out their facebook pages here. EP is released 8th June.. 8/10 (Dave)


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