Stage of the Ages 2019 Festival starts on 13 July (Sat) with our special guest this summer – The Imperial Russian Ballet Company and its famous Swan Lake – the most loved classical ballet of all time.
The Imperial Russian Ballet Company was formed in 1994, at the initiative of the famous Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya and headed by the Bolshoi Theatre soloist Gediminas Taranda. The name of the company is a tribute to the Imperial Russia, when the classical Russian Ballet was created and supported by the rulers, including the foundation of Bolshoi Theatre and Imperial Mariinsky Theatre, where the glory of Russian ballet was born and raised.
Since the very beginning, the company has worked with the best tutors and ballet coaches. Nowadays it is Galina Shalyapina, holder of the People's Artist of the Russian Federation title, whose enormous experience and talent helps the young artists achieve the highest levels of ballet. Artistic Director is Gediminas Taranda, whose name is closely connected with the name of the great Plisetskaya. It was him, who became the follower of her style in modern ways, the holder of personality in ballet, searching for new forms of connecting stage art with the public. Ballet lovers today are the witness of his creative bloom, and his name always promises innovations in the dancing style of the “Imperial”.
The company has worked with some of the brightest ballet stars of our time - Maya Plisetskaya, Patrick Dupond (Paris Opera), Farukh Ruzimatov, Diana Vishneva (Mariinsky Theater), Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Nadezhda Pavlova, Ludmila Semenyaka, Svetlana Zaharova, Denis Matvienko (Bolshoi Theater), Vladimir Malahov and Julie Kent (American Ballet Theatre Tamie Kusakari (Japan) and many others.
“Imperial” is the only private ballet company, which not only survived the difficult 90’s, but became famous worldwide. The company toured Japan, Spain, Austria, Finland, Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Canada, Israel, China, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, USA, Lebanon, Cyprus, Dubai, Malta, New Zealand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Kazakhstan…
Its repertoire includes classical masterpieces of the world ballet – Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky; Carmen by Bizet-Shchedrin; Gounod’s Walpurgis Night; Boléro by Ravel, "Plolovetsian Dance" form Prince Igor opera by Alexander Borodin; Sheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, etc.
As usual, after the ballet performance, the audience can see The Sound and Light Show from the square in fromt of Tsarevets' gates for free.
State Opera-Burgas will present on July 20, 2019, (Saturday) the opera “Turandot” by Giacomo Puccini.The story of Princess Turandot is drawn from the Persian collection of stories titled "One Thousand and One Days." This collection is actually the other part of the well-known "A Thousand and One Nights".The story of Turandot is one of the most popular of Delacroix’s adaptations.
Puccini started working on “Turandot” in March 1920. Four years later the opera is composed to the final duet. Dissatisfied with the text Puccini stops working until October 8th. Only two days later he was diagnosed with throat cancer, and the composer went to Brussels to undergo a new experimental radiotherapy treatment. On November 24, 1924, Puccini died of complications resulting from the fatal illness.
“Turandot” is completed by Franco Alfano. The premiere of the opera is in the Milan’s “Skala” on Sunday, April 25, 1926, and five months after Puccini's death. The conductor is Arturo Toscanini.
In the middle of III action, two tacts after the "Liu, poesia!", the orchestra stands still. Toscanini stops conducting and puts his baton on the desk, then slowly turns to the audience and says: “This is the end of the opera, because after this point, the maestro died." The curtain slowly falls. The audience remains in dead silence. A moment later, it exclaims “Glory to Puccini!”. In fact, for the first time, the opera with Franco Alfano's final is performed at the second performance.
Conductor - Nayden Todorov
Director - Nina Naidenova
Stage design - Boris Stoynov
Costume Designer - Tsvetanka Stoynova
Soloists, Orchestra and Choir of the State Opera - Burgas
A special gift for the audience will be the audio-visual show "Tsarevgrad Tarnov - Sound and Light", which will begin shortly after the end of the opera.
On 3 August 2019 at 21:00 State Opera Ruse presents “La bohème” - an opera by Giacomo Puccini.
The new production of Puccini's masterpiece by State Opera Ruse is a touching story of love at first sight, about cordial friendship, young people’s impulses and naive dreams, dedication and sacrifice.
The plot takes us high up in a Bohemian mansard under the stars of Paris, where a couple of friends, young Latin Quarter students, share their lives, aspirations and dreams.
This timeless beautiful fairy tale will be retold under the direction of the famous Bulgarian opera director Georgi Simeonov - a passionate fan of the Italian opera, well versed in its traditions.
Puccini’s genius music will again come to life under the baton of Sunay Muratov and the brilliant Ruse State Opera orchestra and choir. Maestro Muratov is one of the leading Bulgarian opera conductors, who proved his high professional level both here and abroad with his distinct skill, sensuality and deep insight.
Opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini
Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Conductor – Sunay Muratov
Director – Georgi Simeonov
Set Designer – Valentin Tokadzhiev
Choral Director – Steliyana Dimitrova – Hernani
Children Choir Director – Svilen Dimitrov
Concertmaster – Maria Pavlova
Rodolfo – Petar Kostov, Boris Lukov
Mimì – Galina Stoyanova, Neli Kravchenko
Marcello – Ventseslav Atanasov, Alexander Krunev
Colline – Momchil Milanov, Emil Zhelev
Schaunard – Dobromir Momekov, Georgi Dimitrov
Musetta – Daniela Karaivanova
Benoît, Alcindoro – Stoyan Stoyandzhov, Vladimit Marinov
A customs Sergeant – Stefan Penchev
Parpignol – Ivan Penchev
Orchestra, choir and children choir of Ruse State Opera
A special gift for the viewrs will be The Sound and Light Show from Tsarevets Hill, which will be run after the end of the opera performance, after viewers have descened down to the square in front of the fortress gates.
State Opera – Varna presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra on 10 August (Sat)
Verdi composed this opera with a prologue and three acts to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Simón Bocanegra (1843) by Antonio García Gutiérrez, whose play “El trovador” had been the basis for Verdi's 1853 opera, Il trovatore.
23 years later Verdi's publisher persuaded the composer to revise the opera, with text changes to be prepared by Arrigo Boito, the librettist who aspired to work with the aging composer on a project which eventually became a new opera, Otello. Later they worked together on Falstaff.
The Stage of the Ages performance of Simon Boccanegra will be directed by Deyan Proshev, who shares: “I stick to the libretto. My production of Simone Boccanegra is classical, with all its complex elements, it doesn’t drift away from the age in which the libretto is written, the relationship between the characters remains the same as they used to be ...”
Director: Deyan Proshev
Singers, orchestra and choir of Theatre&Music Production Centre - Varna
After the end of the opera The Sound and Light Show will be played from the square in front of Tsarevets Fortress.
Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony Concert dedicated to the 120th Anniversary of the Birth of Pancho Vladigerov
Conducted by Yordan Kamdzhalov
Soloist: Atanas Krastev - cello
Concertmaster: Maria Pavlova
Elegiac Romance, solo cello
Song, solo cello
The musical pieces included in this concert are carefully selected by State Opera – Ruse and maestro Yordan Kamdzhalov. These are the most popular works of Pancho Vladigerov both in Bulgaria and in Europe. It is highly remarkable and symbolic that his most “Bulgarian” works will be performed on Tsarevets Hill in the ancient Tarnovgrad, the spiritual and historic capital of Bulgaria on the occasion of the 120 anniversary of the great composer’s birth.
Bulgarian Rhapsody “Vardar” (1922) and Bulgarian Suite (1927) were created during the 12 years when Vladigerov lived in Berlin and worked in Deutsches Theater with the legendary Max Reinhardt. Vladigerov created these outstanding works far from his homeland, surrounded by the brightest intellectual élite of the 1920s Berlin.
Yordan Kamdzhalov is one of the mist talented and already established young Bulgarian conductors, highly valued in Bulgaria and around the world for his profound interpretations of European symphony music. After his remarkable concerts with Rousse Philharmonic of symphonies of Bruckner, Mahler and Shostakovich, his choice of Bulgarian titles is far from accidental. The emphasis is on showing the clear parallels of the Bulgarian composers' creativity with the European composing traditions, which definitely shows the underlying connection of Bulgarian and European classical music and its high value for the European musical culture.
Tickets available at eventim.bg, Veliko Tarnovo Music and Drama Theatre, Tourist Information Centre and the ticket centre at 5 Asen Zlatarov St in Veliko Tarnovo (tel. +359886499016)
State Opera Stara Zagora and the Balkanski Circus will present on October 4-th (Friday) - "Pagliacci" Opera in the Circus
"Pagliacci" by Ruggero Leoncavallo tells the true story of the author artist's life and personal drama. The audience can expect an attractive program by the artists from the Balkanski Academic Circus. The numbers are precisely selected by a creative team to fit into the musical drama and to subdue the color of the realistic artistic atmosphere.
Director - Ognian Draganov
Conductor - Ivaylo Krinchev
Concertmaster - Rumen Kakamakov
Stage design and costumes - Catalin Ionescu-Arborre / Romania /
Charmestor - Mladen Stanev
Artists from the circle of the Balkanski Circus
Soloists, Choir, orchestra of State Opera - Stara Zagora