“Parsifal” is the last music drama by Richard Wagner, presented for the first time on stage on 26 July 1882, at the Bayreuth Festival, production of Hermann Levy, but presented for the first time at European theatres just after 1 January 1914, at that the first spectacle in Bologna was with Giuseppe Borgatti. (Wikipedia) Whatever thinks the favourite Raina Kabaivanska, who many times and not quite as a joke publically reproached me... Read more...
Vesselina Kasarova and Ludmil Angelov will close the “Piano Extravaganza” Festival with a chamber concert at the Sofia Opera on 6 October The world-known opera prima Vesselina Kasarova and the eminent pianist Ludmil Angelov will close the “Piano Extravaganza” Festival with a chamber concert at the Sofia Opera on 6 October. In the programme there are works by Monteverdi, Haydn, Chopin and Berlioz, reported at a press... Read more...
Isn’t it an act of heroism to forge the ring of great art, when the streets are a real barricade? When cries are deafening the music, when in front of the temple of the opera the crowd confronts itself with the police, when the aggression attacks the spaces. Isn’t it a great feat to lead your army of musicians with the will to give one of the possible answers for a change in our cheerless world, woven from craving for power and... Read more...
NEWSPAPER “TELEGRAPH”, 12.08.2017, page 13 The Director of the Sofia Opera Plamen Kartaloff”: WAGNER ALSO BROUGHT US WORLD RECOGNITION - Acad. Kartaloff, by a huge interest of the audience from the entire country and abroad finished the second Summer Festival “Opera of the Peaks” beside the Belogradchik Rocks, and tomorrow is the end of the first Summer Festival “Fortress of Ages – Baba Vida”... Read more...
Academician Plamen Kartaloff is the first Bulgarian opera director, invited to make his own production in the frames of the prestigious Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Italy. At that the Foundation, which organized the music event, entrusted to him to create the spectacle, with which were celebrated 100 years of the writing of the only operetta of the composer – “La rondine”. For the music lovers Torre del Lago is almost... Read more...
1 OCTOBER – INTERNATIONAL MUSIC DAY THE SOFIA OPERA ON 1 OCTOBER AT 16.00 h OPENS FESTIVELY SEASON 2017/2018  WITH WAGNER’S MASTERPIECE “PARSIFAL” Dear friends of the Sofia Opera, The premiere spectacles of Wagner’s majestic opera “Parsifal” in July 2017 attracted connoisseurs of the operatic art from all over the world. In front of the TV cameras and the reporter’s microphones,... Read more...
Through compassion to knowledge, from knowledge to compassion, through compassion to love.   Actually, these are the three circles, through which passes Parsifal, the destined one, der reine Tor, the fool with pure heart, the future guardian of the Grail and Lord of the Temple. The boy from the wood, grown with love by a mother-martyr, carefully protected against chivalry. A grown up child of nature, similar to Siegfried, who must... Read more...
Monday, 11 September 2017

JOURNEY TO “PARSIFAL”

THE DIMENSIONS OF THE SOFIA OPERA in the opera theatre of RICHARD WAGNER “TRISTAN UND ISOLDE”, A REFLECTION ABOUT ETERNAL LOVE CONVERSATION WITH THE AUSTRIAN CRITIC KLAUS BILLAND In the last years, the Sofia Opera became a centre of attraction for the admirers of Richard Wagner. The reason is the consistent introduction of the Bulgarian audience into “OPUS MAGNUM”, the tetralogy “Der Ring des... Read more...
© БНР (www.bnr.bg)  http://bnr.bg/…/dve-novi-postanovki-na-balgarski-proizveden… Bulgarian National Radio – Two new productions of Bulgarian works presents the Sofia Opera and Ballet The Director of the Sofia Opera and Ballet Academician Plamen Kartaloff presented in front of the audience of broadcasting “Horizont” the new musical and stage temptations, which the opera will offer to its admirers... Read more...
  NORMA   Music: Vincenzo Bellini Libretto: Fellice Romani Director: Hugo de Ana Conductor: Grigor Palikarov 13,14.10.2017 at 19 h and 15.10.2017 at 16 h, Sofia Opera and Ballet With the participation of artists from the School of RAINA KABAIVANSKA Chorus and orchestra of the Sofia Opera and Ballet Conductor: Grigor Palikarov Characters and performers: Norma – Elisa Cho (Korea), Marily Santoro (Italy) Adalgisa... Read more...
Oper in ungewohntem mystischem Ambiente Die Belogradchik Peaks, also die Felsen von Belogradchik im äußersten Nordwesten Bulgariens, sind turmartige Felsformationen, die sich hier seit dem Perm vor ungefähr 230 Millionen Jahren durch tektonische Bewegungen und anschließende Erosion formten und die verschiedensten Felsfiguren bilden. Man sieht Formationen wie menschliche und tierische Köpfe, die zusammen mit anderen... Read more...
On 8 July this year a special event was held in Sofia for two reasons: the first performances of Richard Wgner’s opera Parsifal in Bulgaria happened to coincide with the presentation of the Bulgarian edition of the book Im Zeichen der Fünf [In The Sign of Five] by Thomas Meyer.Thanks to many years of links between the anthroposophical publisher and Wagner connoisseur Dimitar Dimcheff and the Opera House and its PR Manager Valentin... Read more...
Die Belogradchik Peaks, also die Felsen von Belogradchik im äußersten Nordwesten Bulgariens, sind turmartige Felsformationen, die sich hier seit dem Perm vor ungefähr 230 Millionen Jahren durch tektonische Bewegungen und anschließende Erosion formten und die verschiedensten Felsfiguren bilden. Man sieht Formationen wie menschliche und tierische Köpfe, die zusammen mit anderen Felsbildern und der insgesamt... Read more...
New Bulgarian University, Sofia Opera and Ballet presents XVII International Master Class of RAINA KABAIVANSKA (6-24 September, 2017), at Sofia Opera and Ballet House Audition: September 6 Master class: 7-23 September Gala Concert: September 24 – 7 p.m. For registration: http://www.rainakabaivanska.net/en/master-classes/application-form   In her Master Class Raina Kabaivanska will work on improving the participants vocal... Read more...
Wohl kein Ort zur Aufführung einer Oper bzw. Veranstaltung eines Opernfestivals ist dem Intendanten der Sofia Oper und Ballett, Acad. Plamen Kartaloff, exotisch genug, um es nicht einmal damit zu versuchen – und er hat dabei stets Erfolg! Nach open air Aufführungen im Schatten der kuppelvergoldeten St. Alexander Nevsky Kathedrale und einem Sommerfestival „Oper im Park“ in Sofia, sowie einer Aufführung seines... Read more...
Dear visitors, For your convenience a mobile ticket office of the Sofia Opera has opened at the Tourist Information Centre – Belogradchik, where you can buy tickets for the performances of the summer festival "Opera of the Peaks – Belogradchik Rocks" 2017. Address: Belogradchik, Vazrazhdane Square, for information: 0889 402057
programata.bg – Opera of the Peaks is by the Belogradchik Rocks Photo Svetoslav Nikolov The world didn’t choose them for one of its new seven wonders, but the director Plamen Kartaloff voted trust to the painting in the Belogradchik Rocks and turned them into a set of five opera and three ballet productions. Nabucco of the Sofia Opera will open the festival high up on 21 July at 20:00 h, and every next day at this hour till 30... Read more...
BGNES – Acad. Plamen Kartaloff: The 180th Anniversary of the Apostle – with the almost forgotten “Oratorio-Requiem “Vasil Levski” by Boyan Ikonomov I set myself a task to discover one work from Bulgarian composer, who wrote about Levski – everybody told me that there is no such, but it turned out that in Radio Sofia there is a recording and scores of one forgotten work of the wonderful composer Boyan... Read more...
Parsifal / Staatsoper Sofia: Premiere 4. Juli und Derniere 10. Juli 2017 (P. Reichl, dzt. Sofia) Auch 134 Jahre nach dem Tod Richard Wagners gibt es noch bemerkenswerte weisse Flecken auf den Landkarten seiner Rezeption, und ebenso bemerkenswerte Unterfangen, dies zu ändern. In Bulgarien, diesem wunderbaren Land auf dem Balkan, das uns so viele herrliche Stimmen geschenkt hat, ist es vor allem dem Enthusiasmus des Intendanten der... Read more...

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