On the fifth tour of the Sofia Opera and Ballet in Japan, from 30 October to 21 November 2012, was presented the new production of the opera “Tosca” by Academician Plamen Kartaloff, and also “Cavalleria rusticana” and “Gianni Schicchi”, which received a high appreciation by the Japanese audience and the music critique. “Tosca” was performed in five cities in the Land of the Rising Sun: Tokyo, Kawaguchi, Fuji, Mito, Ibaraki and Fukuoka.
The Sofia Opera raised the audience on their feet at the opening of the repaired after the earthquake concert hall of the city of Mito. The Bulgarian artists sang in Japanese the hymn of the Ibaraki Prefecture, a part of which is Mito, and presented “Tosca”. This way our first opera theatre expressed its solidarity with the people of Japan after the tragedy from the earthquake. The local media published enthusiastic reports about the presentation of the performers themselves, as well as about Acad. Plamen Kartaloff’s production, which was commented as innovative and unique.
After a number of days, on 8, 9 and 10 December the Sofia Opera will present Puccini’s “Tosca”, the spectacle which conquered Japan’s audience, and now with Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Kamen Chanev, Nikola Mijailović, Biser Georgiev and others. Conductor will be Grigor Palikarov.