More than two thousand people in Istanbul applauded the opera "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini of the Sofia Opera and Ballet on the stage of the Ataturk Cultural Center, which is the largest and most modern in the Turkish megalopolis.
The Sofia Opera and Ballet gala was entitled "Bulgaria congratulates Turkey: Happy Centenary of the Republic!" and was under the patronage of the First Ladies of Bulgaria and Turkey – Desislava Radeva and Emine Erdogan.
The spectacle was preceded by the national anthems of Bulgaria and Turkey. At the end of the performance the spectators, who had filled the hall and the balconies, applauded the artists on their feet, called them for an encore and sent them off with loud applause.
Among the guests of the gala performance was the Minister of Tourism and Culture of Turkey Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, who in a written message had stated that he "wholeheartedly congratulates the Sofia Opera and Ballet company that realized the production".