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La Bayadère: A Fascinating Experience

La Bayadère, a masterpiece by Marius Petipa in the rendition of Vesa Tonova, Sofia Opera House’s prima ballerina, was brought to life onstage in Burgas.
Marius Petipa was the first to choreograph the ballet La Bayadère to a score by Ludwig Minkus (librettists: Sergei Khudekov, Marius Petipa), which had its premiere in St Petersburg, in 1877. The story, which is given an ancient Indian flavour

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On Sofia stage after more than a decade

Young cellist Michael Petrov with New Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria Hall
The opening 2018 concert given by the New Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Petko Dimitrov on 24 February 2018, drew into Bulgaria Hall both admirers of the Orchestra and professionals, lured into coming by rarely performed or even Bulgarian premieres of some of the pieces on the programme. The event was dedicated to the Bulgarian Presidency …

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A Fairy at the Russian Centre of Culture and Information, Sofia

Bulgarian legends have it that the kingdom of fairies (samodivas) is a mythical land far, far away where the sky and ground merge into one. They would come here on 25 March (the Feast of Annunciation) and leave on 29 August (the feast day of John the Baptist). They may fall in love with a lad or lure a shepherded into playing to them. The next morning, the grass where they have danced barefoot is left charred and the shepherd boy has gone insane after what he has seen. One can catch and keep. …

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A visiting musical for kids performed by kids at Bulgarian Army Theatre

The children’s Margaritki Opera and Ballet Studio, Stara Zagora Opera House, showed in Sofia the musical A Summer in a Swamp. Biologists Nia Toshkova and Violeta Zhelyazkova, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS, are behind the idea of the production seeking to focus the attention on one of Bulgaria’s natural sights, the Chokliovo Swamp within the Baikal Nature Reserve near the city of Radomir.

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Le Corsaire shining at Sofia Opera House

Le Corsaire (The Pirate), loosely based on the story of Lord Byron’s epic poem The Corsair, first presented by the Ballet of the Académie Royale de Musique, Paris in 1856 and originally choreographed by Joseph Mazilier to the music of Adolphe Adam, is a ballet in three acts and five scenes. The production was revised in 1867 by the same staging team …

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A new rendition of Carmen at Sofia Opera House

The premiere of the opera Carmen, based on the novel by Prosper Mérimée (librettists: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy) was a failure in Paris. Soon after the composer died and could not see the great success it made in Vienna in an arrangement by Ernest Guiraud, a former fellow student of his, in whose version the spoken dialogue was substituted with sung recitatives, compiling the second …

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Bulgaria Dancing in Dimitrovgrad

The twelfth edition of Bulgaria Dancing competition was held in the town of Dimitrovgrad, attracting non-professional and professional ballet schools alike such as the National School of Dance Art, Sofia; the National School of Arts, Ruse; the National School of Music and Performing Arts, Burgas. Students of a total of 29 ballet …

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Parsifal: A brilliant opening of a successful season

The company of Sofia Opera House has enjoyed over the recent decade an enviable new crop of soloists and additions to the repertoire of less staged works. Following the productions of the Ring Cycle and Tristan and Isolde, Parsifal is the sixth of the Wagnerian productions in Sofia, all of them staged with a titanic power in an unusual directorial rendition by Plamen Kartaloff, Director of Sofia Opera House

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