CHATTERERS

Opera satire by Lazar Nikolov based on the novel of the same name by Ivan Vazov

1:40 without intermission
Bulgarian with english subtitles
CHATTERERS

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The Sofia Opera celebrates 100 years since the birth of Lazar Nikolov with the first performance in Bulgaria of the opera “Uncles” based on the novella of the same name by Ivan Vazov – March 2, 4 and 6, 2022

Libretto by Lazar Nikolov on the dramatization of Metodi Andonov
Contemporary‘s text by Georgi Gospodinov
The scenography of the performance uses caricatures by Boris Dimovski

Orchestra, chorus and ballet of the Sofia Opera

Apart from Sofia, the performance will be presented in Burgas – the birthplace of the composer Lazar Nikolov and in Sopot – the birthplace of Ivan Vazov.

The director Plamen Kartaloff about the first production of “Uncles” on the national opera stage:

“In CHICHOVTSI (Uncles) the composer Lazar Nikolov and the writer Ivan Vazov have a congenial joint authorial presence in the style of modernism, just as in this European trend in the arts is inherent new artistic expression and transformation of reality through new ways of creative thinking.

In both great Bulgarian masters, one of the word, the other of the music, although they lived in different epochs and in the distance of almost a century, one can see an approach ahead of their time in their work. Parody and ironic characterization in both appear as a style of expression in the aspects of the literary and musical language of CHICHOVTSI. Both the music and the lyrics, in the context of the time in which they were written, can be called an avant-garde phenomenon.

What can the style of musical drama transformed for the opera stage be? Isn't the world of the characters a mirror of meaningless chatter of absurd characters? They are frozen in reflection in their time, but also insightful into the future of events that they expect others to walk the path to and accomplish. They do not act, they always rethink in hyperbole fantasy everyday ridiculous events, have fun and try to be courageous, but they are cowards and hiding from the consequences in quarrels with the authorities. The pessimism of the characters is at the same time a pastime in the comfort of slavery, in which they live undisturbed, even happily. This leads them to the refuge of a timelessness in which they will always be eternal and existing in a perpetual motion. Perpetuum mobile chatter, perpetuum mobile quarrels and scandals. They play a game that has no end.

In the DESCENDANTS of St. L. Kostov‘s character Golemanov, we can see more clearly these grown-up CHICHOVTSI.

They have come out of their world of Vazov’s theatre of the absurd, they are still among us...”

     

Author's composition:

Lazar Nikolov
Composer

Lazar Nikolov

Ivan Vazov
Writer

Ivan Vazov

Methodi Andonov
On the dramatization of

Methodi Andonov

Subtitle translation

Irina Sahatchieva

Cast: 7.05.2022 / 19:00

Atanas Mladenov
Hadji Smion

Atanas Mladenov

Kostadin Andreev
Ivancho Yotata

Kostadin Andreev

Emil Pavlov
Mironcho

Emil Pavlov

Atanas Yonkov
Hadji Atanasiy

Atanas Yonkov

Nikolay Pavlov
Varlaam Koprinarkata The Tarilyom

Nikolay Pavlov

Nikolay Petrov
Ivan Selyamsaz

Nikolay Petrov

Veselin Mihaylov
Teacher Gatyu

Veselin Mihaylov

Ventseslav Anastasov
Mister Fratyu

Ventseslav Anastasov

Biser Georgiev
Old priest Stavri

Biser Georgiev

Angel Hristov
Nikolaki

Angel Hristov

Krassimir Dinev
Micho Bezaydeto

Krassimir Dinev

Rada Toteva
Varlaam’s wife

Rada Toteva

Gergana Rusekova
Selyamsaz’s wife

Gergana Rusekova

Stanislava Momekova
Gossip girl

Stanislava Momekova

Vesela Yaneva
Gossip girl

Vesela Yaneva

Stefan Vladimirov
Police chief

Stefan Vladimirov

Nikolay Voynov
The Owl

Nikolay Voynov

Angel Antonov
Assistant teacher Mironovski

Angel Antonov

Reinaldo Droz
Church singer

Reinaldo Droz

Daniel Ostretsov
Church singer, Medical staff

Daniel Ostretsov

Rosen Nenchev
Church singer, Medical staff

Rosen Nenchev

Alexander Georgiev
Medical staff

Alexander Georgiev

Georgi Djanov
Medical staff

Georgi Djanov

Kalin Dushkov
Medical staff

Kalin Dushkov

Malin Krastev
VOICE OF THE CONTEMPORARY

Malin Krastev

Mikhail Bilalov
A voice from heaven

Mikhail Bilalov

Production team:

Zhorzh Dimitrov
Conductor

Zhorzh Dimitrov

Boris Spasov
Conductor

Boris Spasov

Plamen Kartaloff
Director

Plamen Kartaloff

Vera Petrova
Assistant director

Vera Petrova

Vera Beleva
Assistant director

Vera Beleva

Sven Jonke
Set design

Sven Jonke

Vanya Magic
Assistant set designer

Vanya Magic

Stanka Vauda
Costume designer

Stanka Vauda

Ivan Lušičić Liik
Light designer

Ivan Lušičić Liik

Agnes Dankova
Musical preparation

Agnes Dankova

Lyudmila Ilieva
Movement

Lyudmila Ilieva

Maria Yordanova
Movement

Maria Yordanova

Violeta Dimitrova
Chorus Master

Violeta Dimitrova

Dimitar Kostantsaliev
HEAD OF DVTF "TALASUMCHE"

Dimitar Kostantsaliev

Maria Evstatieva
Concert Master

Maria Evstatieva

Lora Runevska
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Lora Runevska

Catherine Krasimirova
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Catherine Krasimirova

Vladimir Grancharov
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Vladimir Grancharov

Stefka Georgieva
Stage Manager

Stefka Georgieva

Suzana Shomova
Stage Manager

Suzana Shomova

Teodor Georgiev
Stage Manager

Teodor Georgiev

Vanesa Tsvetkova
Stage Manager

Vanesa Tsvetkova

Stoyan Martinov
Co-repetiteur

Stoyan Martinov

Vladimir Gortchakov
PROJECT MANAGER

Vladimir Gortchakov

Julia Krasteva
Subtitles

Julia Krasteva