Opera of the Peaks

The fourth edition of the festival Opera of the Peaks will include ballet, opera and musical. It will take place from 20 July to 4 August at the Belogradchik Rocks.

“We would like to establish opera tourism,” the opera's director Maestro Plamen Kartaloff told journalists.

The festival's programme includes Carmina Burana, the latest ballet production of the opera which was premiered recently in Sofia during the Opera in the Park fest. The same version will be presented in Belogradchik, while the complete version with orchestra, choir and soloists will be premiered in the autumn on the stage of the Sofia Opera.

There is one more ballet on the bill - The Lady of the Camellias by Verdi and Onsoff. The opera part includes Il Trovatore by Verdi, Carmen by Bizet and Turandot by Puccini. The festival will again offer to the audience a special event - a visit to the Magura cave where a performance of Vagner Magura will be staged featuring deities, ogres, dwarfs and valkyries. The performance will last for two and a half hours, it is a tour of the cave with a total of nine stops. The first part is staged at the entrance while the second is in the cave's halls. The third part ends with the Ride of the Valkyries at the cave's exit.

“The acoustics of the rocks are perfect as we'll have the stage put up in the fortress,” Kartaloff said. He explained that a huge podium was bought in Italy with the financial help of donors. Currently, it can seat 640 but it is planned for its capacity to be increased to 1,000-1,500.

Just as in previous years, busses will be provided to transport the visitors from the centre of Belogradchik to the fortress and from the city to the cave.

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