• La Scala opera house reopens to public after six months of silence

      La Scala opera house reopens to public after six months of silence

      Milan's mythical La Scala opera house erupted into huge applause on Monday to hail a stirring performance at its triumphant reopening after six months of silence imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, AFP reported. The performance came a day before the 75th anniversary of a historic concert in 1946 that celebrated the postwar reopening of La Scala which had been bombed three years earlier and rebuilt.

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    • Eurovision 2021 to be held with audience

      Eurovision 2021 to be held with audience

      The Eurovision Song Contest will be held with up to 3,500 fans in Rotterdam, the Dutch government confirmed. It will allow the event to proceed under strict Covid-19 measures "to ensure the health and safety of fans, crew, press and participants", news wires reported. Fans will be allowed to attend nine event shows including the 22 May final at Rotterdam Ahoy.

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    • Paganini of the trumpet to perform in Sofia

      Paganini of the trumpet to perform in Sofia

      Sergei Nakariakov - one of the greatest trumpet players of our time - will be a soloist of the Sofia Philharmonic on 13 May, under the direction of maestro Nayden Todorov. He agreed to include Bulgaria in his programme after the violinist Ray Chen announced he could not come to the country due to travel difficulties caused by the coronavirus crisis.

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    • Gidon Kremer with two concerts in Sofia

      Gidon Kremer with two concerts in Sofia

      The great violinist Gidon Kremer will take part in the new season of Sofia Philharmonic. He was to come to Sofia at the end of last year but due to the coronavirus crisis he had to postpone his concerts. Now he will present two programmes in Bulgaria Hall. On 18 April at 11am he will perform under the baton of maestro Nayden Todorov. Uros Lajowitz will be the conductor of his second concert on 22 April at 7pm.

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    • Virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope gives his first concert in Bulgaria

      Virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope gives his first concert in Bulgaria

      A star-studded lineup of soloists is set to appear in a 15 April concert of the Sofia Philharmonic. World-renowned violinist Daniel Hope, whose Europe@Home concerts during the lockdown have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of classical music lovers, will play Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto. Opera star Alexandrina Pendatchanska is performing the final scene of Richard Strauss's opera Salome. The programme will also include the national orchestra's performance of a fragment of Richard Wagner's opera Tristan and Isolde. The event's conductor will be Grigor Palikarov.

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    • The duo Zaharieva-Stankov: Chamber music is like poetry

      The duo Zaharieva-Stankov: Chamber music is like poetry

      Musicians need patience and attention. It is very difficult for young musicians to build a repertoire, but they should not be discouraged. They will need it! Music is the only thing worth living for. Life will have no meaning without beauty, say pianist Zheni Zaharieva and violinist Angel Stankov in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Legendary violinist Augustin Dumay to play in Sofia

      Legendary violinist Augustin Dumay to play in Sofia

      On 8 April, the Sofia Philharmonic is returning to the stage of Bulgaria Hall with a couple of Mendelssohn pieces. Under the conduction of Adrija Čepaitė, the orchestra will play Violin Concerto in E minor and Symphony No.1 in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. World-renowned French violinist Augustin Dumay will be the event's soloist. Critics describe him as one of the greatest violinists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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    • I hate music… but I like to sing

      I hate music… but I like to sing

      The second concert of the cycle Music Without Borders will be performed on 20 March on the stage of the Stara Zagora State Opera. I Hate Music… but I Like to Sing starts a series of special multi-genre chamber concerts, which will offer the audience surprising and pleasant meetings with unfamiliar works from among the world's musical treasures, interpreted by the opera's star soloists.

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    • Virtuoso pianist Evgeny Kissin gives a recital in Sofia

      Virtuoso pianist Evgeny Kissin gives a recital in Sofia

      Musical phenomenon Evgeny Kissin will take part in the new season of the Sofia Philharmonic. On 11 March, in Bulgaria Hall, the outstanding pianist will give a recital of works by Berg, Gershwin, Khrennikov and Chopin. The programme's idea was born during the isolation last year, which the musician spent in Prague. The contrasting at first glance works are united by the motif of love, says Kissin. “I'm an omnivorous person, there's a lot of music I love, so I just hope for one thing: live long enough to have time to play it all.”

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