“GRANDEUR OF THE HUMAN RELATIONS, INHERENT TO SHAKESPEARE” “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly”, says Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince. What truth shared Martin Tzonev about his character Fiesco in the new production of the Sofia Opera of the historical title “Simon Boccanegra” by Giuseppe Verdi. - After the long journey with Richard Wagner’s characters, what means for you... Read more...
Our first opera and ballet theatre is joining the campaign “Zonta says no”, which is being held every year from 25 November – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December – the World Human Rights Day. This year will be celebrated 70 years from the signing of the Declaration of Human Rights of the UN. The campaign is a part of the UN campaign “Orange the world” for the... Read more...
On the stage of the Sofia Opera and Ballet is being born a title, which more than 30 years has not been on the playbill of our first opera theatre. This is the opera “Simon Boccanegra” by Giuseppe Verdi, a title, which can be seen not so frequently on other playbills. I am talking with the stage director Arabela Tănase, who is Artistic director of the Opera in Craiova, Romania. Right at the beginning of our conversation she... Read more...
The prestigious Golden Muse Award was handed out to Academician Plamen Kartaloff, bearer of Bulgarian and international distinctions, Director of the Sofia Opera and Ballet, on 10 November, in the evening, after the spectacle of the ballet “La bayadère” with the world-known prima ballerina Svetlana Zaharova. The elegant statuette was handed out to him by the Russian Ambassador in Bulgaria, His Excellency Anatoly Anatolievich... Read more...
The prima Anna Tomowa-Sintow will train the singers at the Sofia Opera and Ballet for “Don Giovanni” by Mozart – one of the five opera premieres in the new season, informed at the press conference today the theatre’s Director Acad. Plamen Kartaloff. In the autumn another famous Bulgarian opera singer – Raina Kabaivanska, will propose the best participants from her traditional master class for the same title. With... Read more...
The opera “Simon Boccanegra” by Verdi – a story about love and power, is always topical. This is why the production at the Sofia Opera is not bound with some special age, said at a press conference today the Romanian stage director Arabela Tănase, Artistic Director of the Opera of Craiova. She defined the set design as a “spiral of time” and added that this conception follow the direction, as well as the costume... Read more...
The season’s beginning at the Sofia Opera – an exciting event, not interesting for the Bulgarian media. It is insulting that for the tour of the Opera in Japan was written only around the workers, who have drawn graffiti “Yana’s Nine Brothers”, a staging by Plamen Kartaloff, influences with its detailed reading and presentation of the tragical situations, with carefully used effects and the many metaphors and... Read more...
Characters and castSIMON BOCCANEGRA: Kiril Manolov, Nikola Mijailović, Stefan Ignat, Vasile ChiciuMARIA BOCCANEGRA (Amelia Grimaldi): Lilia Kehayova, Radostina Nikolaeva, Tsvetana BandalovskaJACOPO FIESCO: Martin Tsonev, Nikolay Voynov, Svetozar RangelovGABRIELE ADORNO: Daniel Damyanov, Daniel Ostretsov, Emil Pavlov, Rafael AlvarezPAOLO ALBIANI: Atanas Mladenov, Iliya Iliev,  Dobromir MomekovPIETRO: Valentin Vatev, Stefan DimitrovCAPTAIN... Read more...
The opera “Simon Boccanegra” by Verdi, with an international team, will have its premiere at the Sofia Opera and Ballet on 17 November. The next performances will be on 18, 20, 21 and 22 November, informed us from the theatre. Stage Director is Arabela Tănase, Artistic Director of the Opera of Craiova, Romania. The music critique defines her spectacles as a skilful combination between artistic vision and balanced merger of emotion... Read more...
Wednesday, 07 November 2018

SIMON BOCCANEGRA – Synopsis

SIMON BOCCANEGRA Opera in Prologue and three acts by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto – Francesco Piave and Arrigo Boito Characters: In the Prologue: Simon Boccanegra, a Corsair, employed by the Republic of Genoa – baritone Jacopo Fiesco, a Genoese nobleman – bass Paolo Albiani – baritone Pietro, a Plebeian – baritone Sailors, people, Fiesco’s court In the opera: Simon Boccanegra, First Doge of Genoa... Read more...
PRDUCTION TEAM SOFIA OPERA AND BALLET – for the premiere of the opera “Yana’s Nine Brothers” by Lyubomir Pipkov on 22.03.2018 on the stage of the Sofia Opera and Ballet. Conductor ZHORZH DIMITROV Stage Director PLAMEN KARTALOFF Set Designer SVEN JONKE Costume Designer STANKA VAUDA Chorus Master VIOLETA DIMITROVA Choreographer RIOLONA TOPALOVA Lighting Designer ANDREI HAJDINJAK Assistant Stage Directors Yulia... Read more...
Sofia, 26 October 2018 | The Ministry of Culture re-elected Academician Plamen Kartaloff for Director of the Sofia Opera and Ballet. The news became clear not until 26 October, 2 days after the holding of the conversations with the candidates and signing of the Minutes. Here it the information from the Ministry of Culture: “With Order No. РД 16-60/24.07.2018 of the Minister of Culture was announced a competition for the position... Read more...
The opera follows the plot of a play by the Spanish playwright Antonio García Gutiérrez. Verdi liked the story about the first Doge of Genoa – Simon Boccanegra, but the inspiration aroused by two emotional letters of the poet Francesco Petrarca. The composer wrote to Arrigo Boito: “Two magnificent letters of Petrarch’s – one addressed to the Doge Boccanegra, the other to the Doge of Venice, with which he... Read more...
This year's guest tour will present two of their most applauded plays - Turandot and Carmen Europost , Sofia Sofia Opera is joining the world's most prestigious opera houses touring Japan, the country with the biggest music market. In October, they will present for the seventh time two of their most popular performances - Turandot by Puccini and Carmen by Bizet. It is not only the thousands of opera-goers who show high interest in the... Read more...
Vesela Delcheva – in the main role – the bride Sophie Acad. Plamen Kartaloff and a part of the artists in MAMMA MIA! Who doesn’t know by heart ABBA’s hits “Money, Money, Money”, “Voulez-vous”, “Dancing Queen”, “The Winner Takes it All”, “SOS” … From 18 to 22 July at the Sofia Opera, by exceptional interest of Bulgarian and foreign... Read more...
The spectacle – part of the Opera of the Peaks Festival on the Belogradchik Rocks will be performed on 27, 28 and 29 July at 11 h in the Magura Cave This is one of the festival’s special events, which the Sofia Opera and Ballet offers as a present to its visitors. The unique in its nature cave impression in three parts “Wagner – Magura” tells in an unforgettable for the audience way a story about Gods, Giants,... Read more...
Dear spectators, In connection with the spectacle of “Tosca”, part of the festival "Opera of the Peaks" Belogradchik 2018, which didn’t take place on 22.07 because of the bad metrological conditions, the Sofia Opera and Ballet is offering the following compensation: To rebook the purchased tickets for another spectacle of your choice (except for the ballet spectacles and the musicals) from the programme of the Opera for... Read more...
Dear visitors, Buying a ticket means acceptance of these terms. Every visitor must: check the title, date, venue and time of the performance printed on the ticket at the time of purchase; keep his/her ticket, accompanied by a cash receipt, until the end of the performance. No refunds are made or duplicates issued for stolen, lost or damaged tickets. Since the performances take place outdoors, the Sofia Opera and Ballet reserves the... Read more...

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