Summer Festival 2016 Belogradchik - OPERA OF THE PEAKS – BELOGRADCHIK ROCKS
14 Jun 2016

Summer Festival 2016 Belogradchik - OPERA OF THE PEAKS – BELOGRADCHIK ROCKS


The Belogradchik Rocks, with their amazing beauty, are globally recognized as a miracle of nature, one of the 100 national tourist sites of Bulgaria.

On the way to them we pass through the ancient Belogradchik Fortress built back in the time of the Roman Empire. The Belogradchik Fortress is not only a historical monument, but also a synonym of national courage, heroism and desire for freedom of the Bulgarians from North-western Bulgaria.

The admiration of the beauties of nature and the majestic cliffs blends with the emotions and traces of glorious history, a page of which in this Bulgarian region is the struggle for dignity and national independence from Ottoman rule whose tragic result was the crushing of the Belogradchik Uprising in 1850. The strength of disobedience, the spirit and courage of the thousands of known and unknown Bulgarians led them to choose death rather than subordination, humiliation and slavery.

Bulgaria today, member of the European Union, has the mandatory requirement to preserve its national cultural identity, not only to keep its national natural and cultural wealth, but also to develop with innovative zeal and vision its current and future traditions. Bulgarians have the strength and spirit to fight for their dignity and independent place in the European home, to feel proud and commensurable in it with the grandeur of their history and achievements, with their contribution of contemporaries to a new spiritual and cultural progress.

Opera of the Peaks – Belogradchik Rocks is an innovative idea by director Plamen Kartaloff whose unusual theatrical visions and design of original director’s interpretation are associated with their conception among the magical beauty of the Belogradchik Rocks. They give the audience the opportunity to feel their favourite works in a new way.

This project will live for the future as a new sanctuary for the messages of opera and ballet art, it will become a national and international cultural event.

Opera of the peaks will attract many guests in Belogradchik who will come to enjoy opera and ballet art in the open air.

Belogradchik will be a magnet for a new kind of cultural tourism – opera tourism, which will provide new and additional impact and contribution to the economy of the city.

Along with the performances that will be held in the first courtyard of the fortress starting at 20:00, there will be the offer for a special cultural event – visit the Magura Cave for an extraordinary performance – “Wagner Magura: Gods, Giants, Dwarves, Valkyries” starting at 16:00 on 5.08, and at 11:00 on 6 and 7.08.

For this performance tickets must be booked in advance. It lasts an hour and twenty minutes. The sites of the action are three: the first part at the entrance of the cave, the second part in the concert hall of the cave, with a sequel on the way to the exit, not just looking around the cave but also with scenes from Wagner’s operas, as the fragment “the cave of Venus” and others.

The third part, the finale of the performance, will end with “the Ride of the Valkyries” being played at the exit of the Magura Cave. The audience will have the opportunity to taste the collection of the famous Bulgarian wines from the region.

The audience will then have enough time to go to the castle for the performances in the programme of the Summer Opera Festival – Opera of the Peaks – Belogradchik Rocks.

Dear audience,

For your comfort during the performance of the cave festival impression “Wagner Magura: Gods, Giants, Dwarves, Valkyries” it is advisable to be with low (sport) shoes with even soles and to wear topcoat.

Thank you for the understanding!