Sofia Opera and Ballet prepares for its 130th anniversary

On 9 October, the Sofia Opera and Ballet opens its new season after an exceptional summer season marked by a lot of productions, performed on five open stages and attracting great interest from the audience. The Bulgarian opera Yana's Nine Brothers by the composer Lyubomir Pipkov will be the first performance for the season. It will launch the marking of the 130th anniversary since the constitution of the Sofia Opera and Ballet.

The spectacle's stage director, Acad. Plamen Kartaloff, having produced the opera Yana's Nine Brothers in 1984 in the town of Rousse, input in it new ideas 34 years later, like the theme of the cosmic role of the tree - a symbol of life, keeper of values, family memory and traditions. According to Maestro Kartaloff, the use in the production of authentic costumes as well as kukeri and babugeri (traditional mummers) masks are interpreted as symbols and images of the people's fate and the fight with the historical evil.

On 11 October, The Masked Ball by Giuseppe Verdi will be performed, and Don Quixote Ballet by Ludwig Minkus will be staged on 15 October. The October programme also includes Madama Butterfly, Swan Lake, Don Pasquale, Carmina Burana, Norma, Giselle, Carmen.

On 30 and 31 October, the audience will be able to see again the musical Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schonberg on the Sofia stage - to this day, the most played musical in the world. The main story in it develops around Victor Hugo's memorable character of the former prisoner Jean Valjean, who sees the power of good in the world, although he cannot escape from his dark past at the Paris barricades, as well as about his redemption. The staging of Les Miserables is for Maestro Kartaloff a long-standing dream come true, for which he has been working since 1987. The Sofia Opera and Ballet has bought the copyright for the musical from its owner - the most successful and influential music producer in the world, Cameron Mackintosh. Les Miserables has been on stage for over 30 years with more than 10,000 performances in 21 different languages. It was watched by 60 million spectators in 42 countries.

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