Author © Ivan Varbanov Sofia, 19-05-2019 | The Director of the Sofia Opera – Acad. Plamen Kartaloff, persuaded the legendary tenor José Carreras to hold a master class with Bulgarian talents in Sofia.  A success for the management of our first opera theatre which traces the road for the official start of an Opera studio of the National Opera. After the successful vocal classes in Bel canto singing, held by Raina... Read more...
Maestro Plamen Kartaloff is winner of the annual Zonta Club of Saint Sofia 2019 Award At a stylish party at the Sofia Opera and Ballet was handed out the annual Zonta Club of Saint Sofia Award. The award with an image of the Saint Sofia Church and the Zonta International Emblem received Academician Plamen Kartaloff for his engagement and contribution to the efforts for empowerment of women, for equal rights of the sexes. The Sofia Opera and... Read more...
On the photo – Lyubomir Pipkov On 24 May at 16:00 h, on the occasion of the National Day of Culture and Slavic Script, the Sofia Opera and Ballet will present the opera YANA’S NINE BROTHERS by Lyubomir Pipkov. This performance is dedicated to the artistic unions in the field of art and culture, to their veterans and active figures. The spectacle with Plamen Kartaloff’s magnificent director’s solution, was... Read more...
Around 10000 fortunate people were witnesses of José Carreras’ concert with the orchestra of the Sofia Opera and Ballet on 11 May in the Armeec Hall which continued three hours. Not by chance the opera legend José Carreras chose as his partner the orchestra of the Sofia Opera and Ballet – an orchestra which has a rich history not only with the greatest Bulgarian conductors, but also under the baton of many world-known... Read more...
He has graduated from the Vaganova St. Petersburg Academic Choreographic School in 1977 and is a graduate in Ballet pedagogy from the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv in 2002. Lecturer at the National School of Dance Art and at the New Bulgarian University, where he held master classes. Associate professor at the Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts – Stage Movement Department – where he... Read more...
It is a real luck that in my entire artistic path such an incredible professional like Yasen Valchanov was close to me as teacher, stage partner and friend in life.Let him be healthy and still for a long timetransfer his mastery to the future generations! Sara-Nora Krysteva – Artistic Director of the Ballet Yasen Valchanov is not only a charismatic artist – he is a legend! As a pedagogue – coach and my partner of many... Read more...
There will be five performances in succession on 29, 30, 31 August and 1 and 2 September at 20 h on the stage of the Summer Theatre Less than one 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... Read more...
Petar Galev No, it is not about a newly discovered archeologic artefact, nor about some remarkable exhibition. I am talking about the Sofia Opera and Ballet. Maybe we don’t realize, but this national institution during the last ten years did exceptionally much, not only for our capital, but for the whole country too. Thousands – as a rule highly intelligent and solvent music lovers – have come and continue coming to Bulgaria... Read more...
One of the most legendary opera singers of our time José Carreras accepted the invitation of the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music to be awarded the title “Doctor Honoris Causa” – the highest distinction of the prestigious educational institution. The special ceremony will take place by Carreras’ arrival for his last concert in Sofia on 11 May at the Arena Armeec Hall, with which the great... Read more...
During the long holidays – around Easter and on 1 May, when the theatres in Sofia were closed, the Sofia Opera and Ballet can boast of a record-breaking number of visitors. The figures are eloquent. Let us refer to them: Verdi’s “Requiem” 25.04. – 846 spectators; “Mamma Mia!” 30.04. – 897 spectators; “Mamma Mia!” 01.05., 11:00 h – 703 spectators; “Mamma Mia!” 01.05.,... Read more...
The Sofia Opera and Ballet will present on 11 May at 19:00 h Plamen Kartaloff’s production “Carmen”, with which our first opera theatre won the ovations at its last tour in Japan last year. The stage director Plamen Kartaloff, after his own words, offers an independent conceptual look into the style of mixed principles of modern times and traditions from the ancient Greek theatre and the ancient Japanese Noh theatre. The... Read more...
Zonta International, the largest non-governmental organization in the world which works in the field of protection of women’s rights and their empowerment, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. There are Zonta clubs all over the world, on the five continents in 67 countries. Bulgaria is the most stably standing country on the Zonta map in Central and Eastern Europe. Zonta Club of Saint Sofia will mark the celebration on 11 May at 17:00 h... Read more...
On 8 May in Bulgaria hall were handed out the traditional annual awards “Musician of the Year” for 2018. An award for active artistic activity received the soloist of the Sofia Opera and Ballet GABRIELA GEORGIEVA for the role of Yana from “Yana’s Nine Brothers” by Lyubomir Pipkov at the Sofia Opera, for her role in “La Gioconda” by Ponchielli at the Varna Opera and for the lead role in... Read more...
The British conductor Matthew Scott Rogers will conduct the opera “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini on10 May, at 19:00 h, at the Sofia Opera and Ballet. The conductor has been working already four seasons on the conducting staff of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Some of his most important appearances in season 2018/19 include his debut at the Southbank Centre conducting Boito’s “Mefistofele”,... Read more...
The story of the unhappy love affair between Tatyana and Eugene Onegin will come to life on 5 May at 19 h on the stage of the Sofia Opera and Ballet with the spectacle “Eugene Onegin”. Tchaikovsky’s and Pushkin’s masterpiece was welcomed by the audience and the music critique with greatest admiration. Because of the strong interest in Russian classic, the spectacle is again on the theatre’s playbill. This is a... 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...
There will be five performances in succession on 29, 30, 31 August and 1 and 2 September at 20 h on the stage of the Summer Theatre Less than one 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... Read more...
After her debut in the role of Amelia in 1987 on the stage of La Scala in Milan with Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Guleghina has performed this part dozens of times on the biggest world stages. The singer with a voice of a queen, as the critique calls her, will be guest for a second time on the stage of the Sofia Opera in “Un ballo in maschera”, after her stunning triumph in “PARSIFAL” on our stage. Guleghina was... Read more...
Author © Ivan Varbanov  After her delightful appearance on the stage of the Sofia Opera and Ballet at the end of January as Kundry in Wagner’s “Parsifal”, the top soprano, who is triumphing on all world opera stages and won the title “Queen of Verdi” – Maria Guleghina, will present herself as Amelia in the opera “Un ballo in maschera”.  Guleghina has been guest-performer with... Read more...

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