The Director of the Sofia Opera and Ballet: Our goal is not survival, but evolution
20 Jun 2022BTV

The Director of the Sofia Opera and Ballet: Our goal is not survival, but evolution

There is no summer break for the Sofia Opera and Ballet. All summer long the artists will take part in performances not only on the stage of the opera, but also outdoors.

"The festival starts on 8 July and will last until September," told Academician Professor Plamen Kartaloff, Director of the Opera."We shall open with the "Der fliegende Holländer" by Wagner."

Last year, the spectacles on Lake Pancharevo were opened with a production of "La Donna del Lago". This year, the tradition of staging a water-themed premiere will also be observed. "Der fliegende Holländer" tells the story of a ghost ship doomed to drift endlessly on the water.

The spectators will also see the premiere of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to music by Mendelssohn.

"We shall give the ballet audience too the opportunity to have its premiere," said further Academician Kartaloff.

For the 13th consecutive year, will be held the events of the "Opera in the Park", which, however, are now aimed only at the youngest audience.

There will also be opera performances under the Belogradchik Rocks.

"Opera and nature, this is the combination," said Academician Kartaloff."The unique thing about these rocks is the acoustics, which are natural.There is a constant audience and we have influenced the macroeconomics of this area.There is only one hotel, but many guest houses have been opened and the Opera has helped to develop this livelihood.

The great opera performer Kurt Rydl has arrived in Bulgaria for the preparation of the performances. This is a recognition for Bulgarian opera, but inviting big names is not the director's goal.

"It was important for me how an audience from Europe and the world would come to Sofia," he explained." It was exceptionally important for me. Not so much to invite foreign singers, but for our singers to be so developed and so commensurate with the world's singers that we could really make sure that there was an evolution for the art of opera, not a survival. That makes me prouder than having one guest artist sporadically."