The first ballet company in our country is with 90-years long story. So many are the years, which have passed since the first ballet spectacle in Bulgaria – “Coppélia” in 1928, which is considered to be also the beginning of the ballet of the Sofia Opera. For this less than a century the artists, who dedicated themselves to this art in our country, have recorded achievements, with which can praise themselves only the... Read more...
When Paul Dukas, Lyubomir Pipkov’s teacher, pronounced the famous phrase “You excavate out of the earth а style”, he hardly suggested the immeasurable depths of the mythological aspect, of the symbolic, put in in this opera. But he felt it with his intuition of an artist. Decades in succession the signs of the black earth have remained unread, the audience and the critique were not ready for the mythological time, in which... Read more...
The forum will gather at the Opera 87 Directors and different representatives of big opera theatres from Europe, America and Canada.   Nicholas Payne, Director of “Opera Europa” wrote about the forum in Sofia the following: “Bulgaria is President of the Council of the European Union in the first six months of 2018. This is why it is very appropriate the time for the first event of Opera Europa to be on Bulgarian... Read more...
Music, which elevates the spirit and strengthens the faith In the eve of the brightest Orthodox Holiday, Eastern, on 12 March, the Sofia Opera will witness with its audience the magic of resurrection with Giuseppe Verdi’s music with his “Requiem”. Music, which elevates the spirit and strengthens our faith in the victory of good in spite of the hanging over the mankind thunder-clouds of conflicts and political collisions.... Read more...
Diana Vasileva will be guest-performer at the Sofia Opera and Ballet “Lakmé” by Léo Delibes is a fairy-tale about love, a vision from the world of exotics, told by the “gentle blond giant” Delibes, known also with his ballet “Coppélia”. On 22 February at 19 h. in “Lakmé” guest-performer will be the eminent soprano Diana Vasileva. Conductor is Francesco... Read more...
The last production of the spectacle in Bulgaria was 10 years ago. The ballet “La Dame aux camélias” is to music by G. Verdi – S. Onsoff, Choreographer and Stage Director – Irene Schneider (Germany), Assistant choreographer – Dmitry Peregudov (Russia), Costume Designer – Stephan Stanisic (Poland), Set Designer – Eberhardt Matthias (Germany). The spectacle will take place on 17 February,... Read more...
The renowned tenor Kamen Chanev, who presented during the past months to the audience many participations of his on the stage of the Sofia Opera and Ballet, will show his brilliant height again on 2 March in the role of Calaf from the opera “Turandot”. Our audience will have the chance to meet him also on 12 March, in Verdi’s “Requiem”, several weeks before Easter. In “Requiem” Chanev will sing... Read more...
Lyubomir Pipkov’s masterpiece “Yana’s Nine Brothers”, the most Bulgarian opera according to connoisseurs, will have its premiere at the Sofia Opera and Ballet on 22 March at 19.00 h. The next spectacles will be on 28, 29 and 30 March, informs the theatre. After the words of the stage director Plamen Kartaloff, “Yana’s Nine Brothers” is a topic, in which are reflected many reasons and many occasions for... Read more...
The Albanian soprano, Ramona Tullumani, received on Sunday evening a standing ovation from the audience in Sofia’s state Opera House. The celebrated soprano has successfully performed the role of Violetta in Verdi’s “La Traviata” for the Bulgarian audience receiving many accolades. To Tullumani, it was her fourth appearance in one of Giuseppe Verdi’s master pieces to win the hearts of Bulgarian audience with her... Read more...
At the occasion of the newest premiere of the Sofia Opera and Ballet – “Le corsaire” I became aware that when someone looks at the repertoire of our National Ballet, without being acquainted in details with its development during the last years, he will certainly suggest that it is a matter of the company of some of the world theatres, which have budgets of several millions and a huge support by the relevant countries and rich... Read more...
The ballet of the Sofia Opera presents on 28 JANUARY, at 16:00 h, the famous ballets “Carmen Suite” and “Rhapsody in Blue” – two one act ballets, which are demanded and awaited by the spectators. The music of the ballet “Carmen Suite” was written by the composer Rodion Shchedrin – a marvellous interpretation of Georges Bizet’s music of genius. The ballet “Carmen Suite” was... Read more...
Wednesday, 17 January 2018

CONCERT - PUCCINI'S WOMEN

20.01.2018 ♦ 19:00   GALA CONCERT PUCCINI’S WOMEN..., the ones he left us in his immortal operas 160 years of the composer's birth Conductor BEATRICE VENEZI With the special participation of DONATA D’ANNUNZIO LOMBARDI and KAMEN CHANEV Part One Le Villi – Intermezzo La bohème – Aria of Mimi ♦ Performed by IRINA ZHEKOVA Aria of Musetta ♦ Performed by SILVANA PRAVCHEVA Duet of... Read more...
The young lady will conduct the concert “Puccini’s women” on 20 January Few young people can make the following confession: “I grew up with bread and Puccini”, but such words are suiting to Beatrice Venezi and they reveal her spiritual nature – by fate to be connected with the Italian classical music and with one of Italy’s composers of genius – Giacomo Puccini. Beatrice was born on the 5th of... Read more...
Act I In a hall of Don Magnifico’s castle, his vain daughters Clorinda and Tisbe are primping. Their stepsister, Cinderella, consoles herself with a song about a king who chose a kind-hearted bride (‘Una volta c’era un re’). A beggar (actually Prince Ramiro’s tutor Alidoro) comes in; Cinderella gives him some breakfast, angering the stepsisters. The prince’s courtiers enter, announcing the imminent arrival... Read more...
The story is about a little girl. When the curtain rises, we see the Stahlbaum family prepare for Christmas Eve. Marie, her younger brother, Fritz, the mother and the father celebrate with family and friends when the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer arrives. He quickly pulls a large bag of gifts for all the children and everyone is happy except Marie, who has not yet received a gift. When she goes to him to get the expected gift, it turns out that... Read more...
The premier soloists of the Sofia Opera and Ballet Marta Petkova and Nikola Hadjitanev performed Wednesday evening the main roles in the ballet “Sleeping Beauty” in Saratov. With the spectacle was opened the local festival “Stars of World Ballet”, which is held for the fifth time. At the festival guest-performers were already leading ballet dancers from Great Britain, Italy and other countries.
The ballet company of the Sofia Opera was awarded at the premiere of the ballet “Le corsaire” on 24.11 with the distinction “Golden Lyre” by the President of the Union of Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers, Stanislav Pochekanski. The award was handed out to the Artistic Director of the ballet Sara-Nora Krysteva for exceptional merits in the field of the ballet art by the ballet company and for the Jubilee of the Bulgarian... Read more...
At the Sofia Opera on 8 and 10 December Alexandrina Pendatchanska will sing Tosca for the first time The world-known opera singer Alexandrina Pendatchanska will perform for the first time in her star career the role of Floria Tosca on the stage of the Sofia Opera and the Bulgarian spectators have the chance to become witnesses of this debut. On 8 and 10 December her partner will be the famous tenor Kamen Chanev, who will enter in the role of... Read more...
The opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” with Christmas spectacles The famous fairy-tale is after the libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti It was set for the first time in Bulgaria at the Music Theatre by the stage director Plamen Kartaloff in 1992. Next year the production was presented in the National Palace of Culture. At the Sofia Opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” is with stage director Yulia Krasteva, we shall see... Read more...

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