Libretto, Choreography and Direction Donvena Pandoursky   The Prince: Nikola Hadjitanev, Emil Yordanov, Tsetso Ivanov The Lake Maiden: Marta Petkova,  Katerina Petrova, Pamela Pandova The Warrior Woman: Katerina Petrova, Venera Hristova, Sofia Tsutsakova The Sun God: Tsetso Ivanov, Rosen Kanev, Mattew Wittle The Stone Lord: Rosen Kanev, Trifon Mitev, John Abenanty The King: Teodor Vodenicharov, Rumen Bonev, Elenko... Read more...
From 6 to 10 March 2019 the Sofia Opera and Ballet presents itself at the international tourist exhibition ITB Berlin. Our first opera and ballet theatre presented its repertoire for season 2019/2020, as well as the summer festivals, which will be held in 2019: 7th Wagner Summer Festival, 4th Summer Festival “Opera of the Peaks, Belogradchik Rocks” and the new festival “Melnik Pyramids”. These future events... Read more...
Born in Sofia. She graduated from the State School of Choreography in 1978 and joined the Ballet of the Sofia Opera. She was dancing also in the Arabesque Ballet. In 1984, she enrolled at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire /St. Petersburg, Russia/ – “Ballet Directing”. She graduated in 1988. Since 1989, she has been living and working in Germany. She produced with the Stuttgart Ballet – “Young... Read more...
Vesela Delcheva – “The Bulgarian” Christine from the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” Author: Maya Filipova / 9 February 2019   She is Christine from "The Phantom of the Opera", Sophie from "Мamma Mia!", Betty Schaefer from "Sunset Boulevard", Margot from "Love and Death at Moulin Rouge", Sheila from "Hair", Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz", Princess... Read more...
The Sofia Opera and Ballet will mark the 120th Anniversary of the classic of the Bulgarian musical culture Pancho Vladigerov (1899–1978) with the premiere of the ballet “A Legend of the Lake” on 15 March. The next premiere spectacles are on 16 and 17 March. The celebration of the great composer is under the patronage of the President of the Republic Mr. Rumen Radev. Sara-Nora Krysteva, Artistic Director of the ballet of our... Read more...
Pavel Shappo is one of the important painters of Belarus. He lives and works in Minsk, Moscow and St Petersburg. He has been actively exhibiting his art since the late 1990s. His creative career started in Vitebsk, where his father – a well-known graphic artist Vladimir Shappo – worked at that moment. There Pavel graduated from the faculty of graphic arts of Vitebsk State Pedagogical University and fell in love with the artistic... Read more...
The singer will appear on 10 March in the role of la Cenerentola in Rossini’s opera of the same name Four months ago, the mezzo-soprano Diletta Scandiuzzi, who will perform on 10 March at the Sofia Opera the role of la Cenerentola in Rossini’s opera of the same name, took the first place at the Tiramisù World Cup, held in the Chamber of Commerce in Treviso, Italy, from 1 to 4 November 2018. At the final Scandiuzzi exclaimed:... Read more...
Violeta Tsvetkova February was the month of “Il trovatore” for the Sofia Opera. The director of the national company Plamen Kartaloff, this time too, on the principle every year in its repertoire to put a new production of the genius Giuseppe Verdi. And he invited his Italian colleague Filippo Tonon to transfer his concept of “Il trovatore” on Bulgarian stage. This way was born the spectacle, performed in several... Read more...
Dear friends of the Sofia Opera and Ballet, Dear admirers of Richard Wagner's creative work, We have the pleasure to invite you to the first meeting of the Wagner Society in Bulgaria for 2019 on 9 March at 11:00 h in the hall of the Sofia Opera and Ballet (big stage). In the frames of the event, Assoc. Prof. Petar Plamenov will give a lecture on subject “The Pigeon and the Swan. Guilt and Redemption in Richard Wagner’s opera... Read more...
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE – ONLY ON 14 AND 17 JULY “Tristan und Isolde” by Richard Wagner. For the second time on Sofia stage after the triumph in Ljubljana last autumn will be presented this opera by Wagner. After the thundery success accompanying also the fifth edition of the tetralogy “Der Ring des Nibelungen” in the end of May, the magical love story, recreated in Wagner’s music and libretto will hold the... Read more...
On 27 February the spectacles of the opera “Il trovatore” by Giuseppe Verdi is dedicated to the anniversary of the mezzo-soprano Ivanka Ninova, who will perform the role of Azucena. Ninova is celebrating her 60th anniversary and 30 years active artistic activity on the stage of the Sofia Opera and Ballet. Ivanka Ninova graduated from the State Academy of Music in Sofia in the class of Prof. Lilia Stefanova. Her professional debut... Read more...
“Il trovatore” with students of Raina Kabaivanska from the master classes at New Bulgarian University Raina Kabaivanska will arrive in Bulgaria, in order to be with her students from the master classes at New Bulgarian University, at their participation in the premiere of “Il trovatore” by Giuseppe Verdi at the Sofia Opera and Ballet on 24 February at 16 h. Marily Santoro (soprano, Italy), Ana Victória Pitts... Read more...
The visual conception of the stage director Filippo Tonon is based on the aesthetics of the Middle Ages, but refracted through the look of the creator from the Romantic period. In the time in which Giuseppe Verdi lived, in not far off England was developing the exceptionally exquisite art of the Pre-Raphaelites. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of artists and poets, who imposed aesthetics of their own from the middle of the XIX... Read more...
Less than a year ago, our leading opera theatre in Bulgaria began something revolutionary. After its proved success of many years with opera and ballet masterpieces, appreciated long since not only by our national audience, but also in Russia, Japan, Poland, Germany, Italy, Greece, etc., the company managed by Acad. Plamen Kartaloff took the course of the world musical. Vesela Delcheva as Sophie in “Mamma Mia!” at the Sofia... Read more...
This summer in Bulgaria will be founded the next opera festival in succession. This time the place is in proximity of the Melnik Pyramids, learned Newspaper “24 chasa”. The initiative is of the Director of the Sofia Opera and Ballet Acad. Plamen Kartaloff. The dates are still not chosen, but probably they will be after the end of July, when will finish the other opera festival in the open air – Opera of the Peaks, who is held... Read more...
Although the finale of the opera “Il trovatore” is tragical – Leonora swallows poison, and Count di Luna murders Manrico before understanding that he was his brother, this opera doesn’t go out of the repertoire of the world opera stages. Verdi’s music remains for a long time to sound in the spectator’s consciousness with its typical fascinating melodies and energic chorus scenes, calling to revolutionary... Read more...
Filippo Tonon graduated from IUAV in Venice with a degree in Architecture in 2000, and in the same year he got his diploma in “Canto lirico” under the teaching of the mezzosoprano Paola Patti. In 2006, he began his collaboration with M° Hugo de Ana, becoming his direction and set assistant. To these two “teachers”, Filippo Tonon owes his education and his professional research. In 2002, he started working at the... Read more...
The tenor Rosen Nenchev and the soprano Ilina Mihaylova will take part in José Carreras’ upcoming grandiose concert in Arena Armeec Hall on 11 May 2019. The Spanish opera legend has personally chosen the talented Bulgarian artists to become part of his last concert for Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula. Nenchev, soloist of Sofia Opera and Ballet, is student and favourite of Carreras, who for the next time in succession was the... Read more...
The Sofia Opera and Ballet invites its admirers to visit on 23 February 2019 the premiere spectacle of the opera “Il trovatore” – one of the most popular and most often produced up to this day on the world stages opuses by the composer Giuseppe Verdi. “Il trovatore” is a story about passion, love, romantic, secrets, magics and desire for revenge. This is a narrative about the conflict between love, hatred and... Read more...
The 100th Jubilee of the first production of the opera “Eugene Onegin” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky will be celebrated with a spectacle, whose author is the stage director Vera Petrova and with a special photo exhibition. “Bulgaria continues to give birth to wonderful singers. The artists, who we shall see on the stage of the Sofia Opera and Ballet, are the new generation of talents, at that quite young – up to 35-year... Read more...

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