Symphony Concert Opens Varna Opera Season

On 5th of October two fascinating, worldwide acknowledged Bulgarian talents will gather their ingenuity for one beautiful symphony concert – the first performance from the new season in Varna Opera Theatre.

Together with Varna Symphony Orchestra the conductor Martin Georgiev and the soprano singer  Vania Vatralova  Stankov will open the 66th season of Varna Opera Theatre.

Martin Georgiev

Martin Georgiev will conduct the opening Varna Opera season symphony concert. Photo courtesy of: Martin Georgiev

Under the inspired baton of the young artist Martin Georgiev, who at the age of  28 already has  an impressive international music career, will sound the following pieces:

“Shumen”  Miniatures by Pancho Vladigerov
parts of “Pictures from Bulgaria” by Vasil Kazandjiev
Five Rhodope Songs for soprano and orchestra by D.Nenov
Symphony № 40 by W.A. Mozart.

This first symphony concert for season 2012/2013 of Varna State Opera will be held at 7 p.m. on “Filial” stage at Varna Drama Theater.

Soloist of the concert will be the soprano Vania Vatralova  Stankov, who became the only person presenting the Royal Opera School in Spain in concerts organized by the Ministry of Culture in Madrid and broad-casted on the RTVE (The Spanish National Televison).

All the participants in this concert on 5th of October in Varna Opera Theatre will perform also in Cadogan Hall during the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture, which will be held from November 1 till November 30, 2012. The event was first launched in 2010 and is organized by  Vanya Vatralova-Stankov and her husband – the violinist Ivo Stankov.

Martin Georgiev – The inventor of “Morphing polyphony”

The young composer and conductor Martin Georgiev has won many awards, among which the big prize in the competition, devoted to the 75th anniversary of Sofia Philharmonic. This prize was rewarded for his work “Passacaglia on Two Bulgarian Themes”, that was later chosen from the International Composers’ Forum TACTUS to be performed by the National Orchestra of Belgium under the baton of Pascal Rophe.

Martin Georgiev has completed a master’s  in conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Colin Metars, Sir Colin Davis and George Hurst, for which he was awarded a special memorial award “Fred Southall. Royal Academy of Music. In 2012 the talented musician completed his  doctoral research, based on the principles of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the Byzantine-singing tradition. Within this study, M. Georgiev has developed  a new compositional technique – “Morphing Modality”

In October 2011 Martin Georgiev composed and premiered the Percussion Concerto No.3 Genesis

Vania Stankov Vatralova – the captivating soprano that conquered Spain

Soprano Vania Stankov Vatralova graduated violin in Madrid Royal Conservatory, and singing at the Royal Opera School. Meanwhile she won a place in the Opera Company of school, performing the leading roles in “La Traviata” by Verdi and  “Thus Do They All” by Mozart.

She also records selected arias from the opera “Carmen” by Bizet for the Spanish television channel “Antena 3”, participates in various  international festivals, including Belcanto festival in Dordrecht (Netherlands), International Music Festival “Varna Summer”, “Sofia Music week, The Varna Summer International Music Festival, the Summer Festival in Valencia etc.

Hear the beautiful soprano of the singer:

Vanya Vatralova-Stankov has won numerous international awards and scholarships. The singer reached the final of  the many world competioitions such as the Caruso Competition in Milan, the Spanish International competition Logroño, the “Alfredo Krause” in the Canary Islands, the Contest of Pedro Lavirgen in Barcelona.

Useful Infromation:

Find information about purchasing tickets for the concert on the webpage of Varna Opera Theatre

Martin Georgiev –  official webpage

More information about the participants, history and concept of the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture  in on their webpage.

Read full report with biography, photos, audio and  reviews about Vania Vatralova Stankov  here:

Vania Vatralova Stankov – official webpage


Special thanks to Violetta Toncheva for the information.