Opera and Ballet festival in Stara Zagora

The Opera and Ballet festival, held in the State Opera of Stara Zagora, is an annual event with more than four decades of history. During the festival, visitors have the opportunity to attend the best shows in the repertoire of leading opera houses in the country. The event also welcomes foreign opera and musical performances, as well as chamber music performers from all over the country.

History of the Festival

In 1967, Stara Zagora hosted its first musical festival, called December Music Days. Several years later, it grew into a bigger event, namely the Festival of Opera and Ballet. From then on, it is held every year in the city, gathering talents, who are part of both Bulgarian and international stages.

The Opera and Ballet Festival presents a rich program of masterpieces, performed by famous Bulgarian troupes from  various Bulgarian cities, like Varna, Burgas, Ruse, Sofia, just to name a few.

The schedule of the events within the festival includes guest performances of several Bulgarian Ballet and Opera theatres, as well as concerts and other events. Within the performances throughout the years, 14 premieres have taken place on the stage in Stara Zagora. The Opera and Ballet Festival is held in one of the most beautiful opera buildings in Bulgaria, which was fully renovated and officially opened in 2010.

History of the opera

Stara Zagora is a city of old musical traditions, which date back to the 19th century, when in 1897, the music society “Kaval” was created. It comprised male and female choirs, soloists and instrumentalists, who were the first to present opera excerpts in the city. The first opera performance, “Gergana” by Maestro Atanassov, was staged in 1925, and this marked the foundation of the Opera of Stara Zagora. In April 1927, Stara Zagora Opera enthusiasts arranged and performed the opera “Il Trovatore” by Giuseppe Verdi, and later in December appears the performance “Barber of Seville” by Gioacchino Rossini.

In present days, the State Opera of Stara Zagora annually present four premieres, and maintains a repertoire of 15, comprising a wide range of classical music performances.


Information courtesy of: Stara Zagora State Opera

Featured Image: Carmen, Stara Zagora State Opera Stage


Useful information:

Find the full program of the current edition of the festival in our Calendar

Official website of Stara Zagora State Opera