Students of Raina Kabaivanska will perform Bellini’s Norma
Richard Wagner’s famous opera Parsifal is kicking off the Sofia Opera and Ballet’s season on 1 October. The choice is no coincidence after the German composer’s last work was put on for the first time in Bulgaria in July to rave reviews. Opera connoisseurs from across the world flocked to Sofia to watch the show produced by maestro Plamen Kartaloff.
When I write music I always imagine myself being in the audience and listening to it
Leo Bogdanovski
I found out the same day that the news broke, I was on vacation. Bulgarian music is very popular - not only the folk genre but the classical too. Foreigners are typically more impressed with our authentic songs because they represent something unusual.
 
The festival features captivating shows from three continents
The unforgettable Muhammad Ali will be brought back to life on 8 October with the Spitfire Company’s champion’s show One Step before the Fall, part of the 10th edition of One Dance Week in Plovdiv.
 
Vacationing among a sea of sculptures
Are you a fan of late-summer sea holidays? You know, when the weather is pleasantly warm instead of stifling hot, the sea water is the temperature of lukewarm tea and the throngs of tourists have waned a bit. Well, then Art Complex Anel is just the place for you.
Six unique books vie for 2017 Man Booker Prize
This year’s shortlist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize, awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK, features authors from the US, the UK and Pakistan.
Robot conducts Andrea Bocelli and orchestra
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli's voice soars to the rafters of a Pisa theatre, but all eyes are on the orchestral conductor beside him – a robot with an apparent penchant for Verdi.
Glory is Bulgaria's next year Oscar entry
Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s feature Glory has been announced as Bulgaria’s entry for the Best Foreign-Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards. A seven-member committee chaired by Prof. Alexander Grozev selected the film out of 10 titles that met the requirements of the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and had been submitted for consideration by their producers.
Woodwork is like love
Ivo Stamenov does not consider himself an ingenious artist but rather an ordinary person. He likes to make things out of wood, all sorts of things – from toys and jewellery boxes to lamps. He took up the craft because of his daughter, who is his main inspiration.
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