Prof. Svetozar Donev
He graduated Directing at the “Krastyo Sarafov”National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts and after that he specialized in London, Moscow and Paris. Professor in Acting and Opera directing at the “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” National Academy of Music, Svetozar Donev has over 250 productions of spectacles at all Bulgarian opera theatres. With great success he realized the operas “Boris Godunov”, “Falstaff”, “La forza del destino”, “Tosca”, “Lud Gidia”, “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”, “Maria Desislava”, “Khan Krum Yuvigi”, “Carmen” and others on the stage of the Sofia Opera. He has produced over 80 operettas and musicals at the “Stefan Makedonski” National Music Theatre.
As guest-director and producer, Prof. Donev has produced in the Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine “Cosi fan tutte”, “Lucia di Lammermoor”, “La favorita”, “Don Pasquale”, “La traviata”, “Rigoletto”, “Cyrano de Bergerac”.
Prof. Donev has been member of the jury at international singer competitions in Sofia, Miami Beach, Barcelona, Bilbao, Pamplona, Verviers, Geneva and others.
From 1960 to 1978 and from 1996 to 2009 he has been Chief Director and Director of the “Stefan Makedonski” National Music Theatre. From 1978 to 1981 he has been Deputy Director General of Direction “Theatre and Music” to the Ministry of Culture, and from 1981 to 1990 Prof. Svetozar Donev has been Director of the Sofia Opera. For two mandates he has been Deputy President of the Union of Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers and President of the Artistic Fund.
For his exceptional merits to Bulgarian music, theatre and dance culture Prof. Donev was awarded the highest State “Stara Planina” Order, First Degree.