"The Great Gatsby" comes to life as a ballet on the stage of the Sofia Opera
12 Apr 2024BNT / News/ Irina Tsoneva

"The Great Gatsby" comes to life as a ballet on the stage of the Sofia Opera

The choreographer of the production Leo Mujić spoke to BNT

The ballet "The Great Gatsby", based on the novel by Francis Scott Fitzgerald, premieres чtomorrow evening for the first time in Bulgaria, on the stage of the Sofia Opera and Ballet. Directed and choreographed by the world-famous Leo Mujić, whom Bulgarian audience already know from the ballet "Anna Karenina", which was a huge success in Bulgaria.

The splendour and beauty of the 1920s, described so incredibly by Fitzgerald, come to life in Leo Mujić's production in an extraordinary way. He chose the music himself, which includes compositions by Gershwin, Barber, Goodman, Bernstein, Glass, Miller and Chadwick. The compelling story of the splendour and extravagance of American highlife interweaves both joy and sorrow, love and hate.

The prima ballerina of our opera Marta Petkova, who we will see in the lead role of the beautiful and rich Daisy, does not hide her joy that this incredibly spectacular spectacle will become available to the Bulgarian audience. She says that all ballet dancers love working with Leo Mujić.


"This will be a unique event for me. Our national ballet is about to have an extraordinary premiere – beautiful, expensive, lavish, glamour to be seen, a very dynamic performance. It will leave the audience breathless, very beautiful, very difficult for the artists, so we invite all the spectators because this is an event not to be missed."

Leo Mujić himself pulls back the curtain on the challenge of recreating the world's second most read novel in ballet:

"There is nothing more powerful than ballet. There are simply words that cannot be spoken but can be acted. We have phenomenal music, we have relationships between people, we have love. And tremendous work by everyone, both Marta and Federico Pinto," said Leo Mujić, the ballet choreographer.

Pinto will be seen in the role of Gatsby. Leo spared no praise for the other soloists and the entire ballet. After opening night tomorrow, there will be six more performances on April 13, 14, 25, 26, 27, 28.