Opera Fest in Bansko marks its 10th anniversary

Between 22-24 August the festival will present three remarkable performances

The rising soprano Dimitrinka Raicheva in Nabucco

The opera festival in Bansko will mark its 10th anniversary with an extensive programme targeting fans of classical music. The opening gala of the Opera Fest jubilee edition on 22 August, at 19:00 is trusted to Sofia Philharmonic and children’s music educational project Fortissimo Family which will stage “Vivaldi and the Little Otto”.

This time the adventures of the Little Otto will take him to Venice where he will encounter one of the excellent exponents of the Baroque music Antonio Vivaldi and get acquainted with his life and creative work. To make children familiar with Vivaldi’s music and life the organisers sent a special invitation to Bulgrian actors Gerasim Georgiev-Gero, who will portray Little Otto, and Julian Vergov who will play Antonio Vivaldi.

Sofia Philharmonic orchestra will also play other pieces by the Venetian composer selected especially for the concert. Violinist Pavel Zlatarov will join in with his solo performances.

Then, on 23 August the Opera House of Varna will present  “Nabucco”, the opera that made Verdi the greatest composer of all times. High emotions flare up in the emblematic Biblical opera epos – love and jealousy in the love triangle involving Fenena, Ismaele and Abigaille, claims to the throne of a treacherous daughter, dissociation in the personality of Nabucco who is both a tyrant and loving father. The Hebrew Slaves Chorus in Nabucco is one of the iconic moments in the creative life of Verdi which now lives life of its own.

In Bansko, baritone Plamen Dimitrov will shine in the role of King Nebuchadnezzar. He is a soloist of global fame, known as one of the best baritones singing in Nabucco, Rigoletto, Tosca (Barone Scarpia), Il Trovatore (Count di Luna), etc. The rising soprano Dimitrinka Raicheva will take up the role of Abigaille. To her this is a signature role in her repertoire. The rest of the main characters are skillfully portrayed by Plamen Dolapchiev (Ismaele), Geo Chobanov (Zaccaria), Silvia Angelova (Fenena), Peter Petrov (High Priest of Bel), Hristo Ganevski (Abdallo) and Maria Pavlova (Anna).

Marian Bachev, Desislava Nikolova and Lilia Ilieva will play the main characters in the blockbuster musical Chicago which will be shown on the festival’s closing night. At 20:00 on 24 August (Saturday) the guests of Bansko will enjoy the musical made after the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins. The music score is by John Kander, libretto – by Fred Ebb and Bob Foss. Director Boris Pankin staged the production of Varna State Opera. Anastasia Nedelcheva is the choreographer, Stratsimir Pavlov holds the baton.

The organisers of Bansko Opera Fest, Bansko Municipality, Kempinski Grand Arena hotel and Monte Music, remind that the admittance is free, the venue is the Nikola Vaptsarov Square and the last days of August are excellent choice for a mountain hike at the foothills of Pirin.   

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