“I have met the ballet since I was very little. I even don’t remember, my mother told me, but what I remember, is that I was really dancing hours long, said Sara-Nora Krysteva, Director of the ballet of the National Opera and Ballet in an interview for the broadcast “Horizont for you” of the Bulgarian National Radio. “Yes, a difficult, but a very good profession, I must tell you that I don’t regret at... Read more...
Since an early age, Nunzia De Falco played the piano, but later she dedicated herself to singing. Nunzia is an artist with different aspects and many interests. She graduated with distinction from the Giuseppe Martucci Conservatoire in her home city Salerno and is a graduate also from the University of Salerno in philology, literature and antique history. She specialized opera singing at the Santa Cecilia National Academy with Renata Scotto,... Read more...
Acad. Plamen Kartaloff was born on 15 September 1948 in Dobrich. On 26 October this year, he was re-elected for the third time in succession, from a total of four mandates for Director of the Sofia Opera and Ballet. He directed the institution in the period 1994-2000 and since 2008 on. He graduated from the Bulgarian State Conservatoire, now Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music in Sofia, he specialized “Opera directing” in... Read more...
Nadezhda Women’s Health Hospital in the Ovcha Kupel Sofia Region is 6-year old since its foundation as medical institute, in which through invitro the young family couples are made happy with a long-awaited child, for the young mothers are provided most-modern conditions for unproblematic motherhood and all future mothers in need receive the desired cares, the necessary consultations and a timely prevention. On 18 January 2019 are 5... Read more...
On 19 and 20 January 2019 the famous Russian and American ballet dancer, choreographer and actor Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov will be guest on the stage of the Sofia Opera and Ballet with his exceptional production “Brodsky / Baryshnikov”. “This spectacle is an important moment in my life – a transition from the ballet play to the theatre” – shared Baryshnikov in a number of American magazines and... Read more...
In autumn 1842 Jules Janin, the newly appointed Director of Théâtre-Italien in Paris ordered an opera to Donizetti. Janin wanted a new comic opera, in which to appear his best singers – Luigi Lablache, Antonio Tamburini, Giovanni Mario and Giulia Grisi. At the same time, in September Michele Accursi, an approached to Donizetti, attracted Giovanni Ruffini, who was living in Paris, to write the libretto for the composer.... Read more...
Tuesday, 08 January 2019

Gaetano Donizetti

Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti is one of the greatest opera composers from the first half of the 19th century. Together with Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini, he contributed to the exceptional uplift of the Italian operatic art and for the development of the Bel canto style. He is an artist with amazing melodic talent, which inspired the younger composers like Giuseppe Verdi. Donizetti was born on 29 November 1797 in Bergamo, Lombardy.... Read more...
DO YOU KNOW THAT … Gaetano Donizetti was working very fast. He created one opera for two, three weeks, and sometimes he managed to compose five, six opuses for only one year. The number of all operas by the composer exceeds 70! Donizetti used the specific sound of the glass harmonica, when he was composing the famous scene of the going mad of the main character from “Lucia di Lammermoor”. At the end of the 19th century,... Read more...
DON PASQUALE Opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti CHARACTERS: Don Pasquale, an elderly bachelor – bass Dr Malatesta, a physician, Don Pasquale’s friend – baritone Ernesto, Don Pasquale’s nephew – tenor Norina, а young widow – soprano A Notary – baritone Servants, barbers, hairdressers, tailors. ACT I Don Pasquale expects with trepidation Dr Malatesta. The old man wanted to marry his nephew a... Read more...
KRASIMIRA KOLDAMOVA, Academician Krasimira Koldamova graduated from the Ballet School in Sofia (1954) and immediately joined the ballet of the Opera. She specialized at the Bolshoi Theatre Academy of Music Choreography in Moscow (1958). Educators: Anastas Petrov, Lili Beron, Elizaveta Gerdt, Natalia Dudinskaya, Feya Balabina, Naima Baltacheeva, Alexandar Pushkin, Alberto Alonso. She has worked with the choreographers: Leonid Lavrovsky, Yuriy... Read more...
After her successful career in the Italian repertoire, Maria Guleghina with fervour is adding German operas in her vast repertoire. Some of her future debuts include operas by Richard Wagner.Maria Guleghina is considered for one of the world’s leading dramatic sopranos, the only one to have performed title roles in 16 new productions at Teatro La scala, among which “Manon Lescaut”, “Tosca”, “Un ballo in... Read more...
The talented SEONKYONG /EVA/ JEONG – soprano and JEONGHYEOK /CARLO/ SEO – baritone will incarnate themselves in the roles of Norina and Dr Malatesta at the premiere of the Sofia Opera of “Don Pasquale” by Gaetano Donizetti. After the impressive presentation of the young singers from Korea at the Gala concert of Raina Kabaivanska’s master class, they were specially invited on the stage of the National Opera. The... Read more...
After a successful career in the Italian repertoire, Maria Guleghina is excited to add German operas to her already large repertoire. Some future debuts include operas by Richard Wagner. Maria Guleghina is considered one of the world’s leading dramatic Sopranos, the only one to have performed title roles in 16 new productions at Teatro La Scala including Manon Lescaut, Tosca, Un Ballo in Maschera, Macbeth, etc. Ms Guleghina has performed... Read more...
Real fortunate people turned out to be the loyal spectators of the Sofia Opera and Ballet, who managed to provide themselves with tickets for both New Year spectacles of our first opera theatre on 30 and 31 December 2018. With a small difference in the programme during both evenings, the audience enthusiastically appreciated the 16 opera and ballet performances in the first part of the concert and the 13 items – in the second... Read more...
Like a sparkling toast offered the Sofia Opera its most watched production “Mamma mia!” to the guests in the Albena Resort, who came specially for the New Year holidays, on 30 December. The crowded luxurious hall of the Casino was swelling with wonderful mood and emotions. ABBA’s songs were interpreted into a real theatre under the direction of Plamen Kartaloff, a master of the musical. Naturally, in order to obtain the... Read more...
The famous Spanish tenor José Carreras has chosen the Orchestra of the Sofia Opera and Ballet for his concert on 11 May in the Arena Armeec Hall, informed us the organizers from the Art BG producer company. The Maestro has fixed on the cast among several proposals by the organizers because of its enormous experience with opera music not only in Bulgaria, but also from the guest-performances all over the world. The formation of 67... Read more...
  Christmas matinee Sofia Opera and Ballet invites you to share the emotion of the Christmas matinee with the young opera artists. To make the experiences before Christmas of still fuller value, we expect you at a cup of hot coffee, tea and Christmas biscuits at the ground floor foyer of Sofia Opera and Ballet.Programme   Antonio Vivaldi “Domine Deus” from GLORIA Performers: Stefanie Krasteva and Svetlana... Read more...
The celebrated on all opera stages Maria Guleghina will be guest-performer in the opera “Parsifal” on 30 January and 1 February at the Sofia Opera and Ballet. She will perform the role of Kundry of the genial German composer Richard Wagner. The singer is recipient of the Orden of Holy Olga, the Highest Orden of the Russian Orthodox Church, handed ot to her personally by Patriarch Alexis of Russia. Maria Guleghina is the... Read more...
Ivan Marinov The jubilee spectacle is dedicated to the 90th Anniversary of the composer and the conductor Ivan Marinov. In “Don Carlo” on 23 December this year will take part eminent artists, whose names are well-known not only in Bulgaria, but also on the big opera stages. These are Alexandrina Pendatchanska in the role of Élisabeth de Valois and Kamen Chanev in the role of Don Carlo. For the first time in the role of... Read more...
The great success, which reaped the musical “Мamma mia”, was the reason the tickets for the last four performances for this year to be sold out a month earlier. This way for the jubilee 25th edition of the bravura production of the Sofia Opera and Ballet the hall was again full to the utmost limit and the audience, often raised on their feet, was chiming in enthusiastically to the singers, measuring with powerful applauses the hit... Read more...

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