Opera in the Summer Theatre Varna 2014: Inspirational Highlights

In 2014, from June 20 to August 23, the city of Varna will present all opera lovers with 13 musical bijous, among which the premieres of “Andre Chenier” and “Otello”, the rock opera “Jesus Christ superstar”, an Opera Gala and many other beautiful performances at the open-air stage of the Summer Theatre in Varna.

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For a detailed program of the festival as well as tickets information, please visit: Opera in the Summer Theatre 2014 

As part of Varna’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2019 (a brief summary of the initiative)the fifth edition of the festival will enchant citizens and guests of Varna with a number of unforgettable opera evenings under the stars.

Two premieres under the stars

This year the festival features two premieres. The first one is “Andre Chenier” (July 9 and August 20, 2014) by Umberto Giordano, conducted by maestro Borislav Ivanov and directed by the the principal director of the State Opera Varna Kuzman Popov. The second premiere is “Otello” (August 2, 2014) by Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by Francesco Medda, and directed by the French director Emmanuelle Cordoliani.

On July 9th 2014 in “Andre Chenier” the audience is welcome to enjoy the performance of the Bulgarian opera stars – the tenor Boyko Tsvetanov and the baritone Ventseslav Atanasov, who will partner with the soprano Dimitrinka Raicheva. On August 20, 2014 opera lovers will have the pleasure to hear the tenor Kamen Chanev and the baritone Kiril Manolov, partnering with the soprano Tanya Ivanova.

On August 2, 2014, for the premiere of “Otello” has been invited the famous Italian tenor Francesco Medda. The stage design in Otello is by Alice Laloy and Emilie Roy. The costumes are by Julli Scobeltzine. The opera will be directed by the Italian director: Stefano Segedoni (Italy)

The staging of Verdi’s masterpiece “Otello” is a result of a partnership between Varna State Opera and the opera houses in Limoges and Reims – France which began when the director Emmanuelle Cordoliani staged for the first time in Bulgaria the opera “Count Ory” by Rossini.

Rock opera “Jesus Christ super star”

The rock opera “Jesus Christ super star” (with Neycho Petrov – Redji on July 7 and and Kostadin Georgiev – Kalki on August 13) undoubtedly will attract many viewers under the open sky of  Varna Summer Theatre, given the huge success of the premiere performances during the Easter Music Festival this year.

Jesus Christ Super Star Opera Varna

The magnificent soloists of the National Musical Theatre Alexander Mutafchiyski, Georgi Handjiev, Daniela Dimova and Silvia Angelova will be starring in this unique Webber’s work.

The musical will be also one of the genres presented in the first in the history of Varna Opera Theatre Opera Musical Gala, scheduled for August 11, 2014. It will feature arrangements of hits from the musicals “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Les Miserables” and “Notre Dame de Paris”. Yuli Damyanov will conduct the concert, directed by Mario Nikolov, guest starring Vasil Petrov.

On June 26, 2014 in the opera “Madama Butterfly”, under the baton of deyan Pavlov,  will perform the world-renowned tenor Kaludi Kaludov.

MadamButerfly Varna Opera Threatre

Madama Buterfly – Varna Opera Theatre

On June 20, 2014 the opera “Don Giovanni” will be conducted by the talented Viliana Vulcheva who lives in Switzerland and recently won an international scholarship in the name of Richard Wagner. “Don Giovanni” is directed by Alexander Tekeliev and will present the the vocal and artistic mastery of Ventseslav Atanasov, Evgeniy Stanimirov, Linka Stoyanova, Arseniy Arsov, Ina Petrova, Ilina Mihaylova, Plamen Dimitrov.

In “La Traviata”, directed by Kuzman Popov, the audience will meet the first soprano of the Opera house in Craiova (Romania) – Diana Tuguy. On July 2, 2014 La Traviata will be conducted by Stefan Linev.

On August 8, 2014 Stefano Segedoni (Italy) will conduct “Rigoletto”, when the role of the Duke will be played for the first time in Varna by the Russian opera celebrity the tenor Alexei Tatarintsev.

On June 24, the Operetta Gala, will be conducted by Yuly Damianov, featuring leading soloists of the National Music Theatre and the State Opera of Varna.

On August 18, 2014 the Opera Gala, directed by Kuzman Popov, will be conducted by Borislav Ivanov with the brilliant Kamen Chanev starring.

On August 23, 2014, the audience will be presented the opera “Nabucco”, conducted by Grigor Palikarov. The greatest contemporary Verdi bass Carlo Colombara (Italy), the star of the Bucharest National Opera Sorina Munteanu and the magnificent Bulgarian baritone Kiril Manolov will turn  this last performance during the festival into a natural culmination of the Opera in the Summer Theatre 2014 and a world-class event.

For a detailed program of the festival as well as tickets information, please visit: Opera in the Summer Theatre 2014 

Featured image: Photo credit: Vladislav Bezrukov Opera Carmen in Summer Theatre, Varna
Other images: TMPC Varna


Text and information courtesy of Violetta Toncheva