This week Burgas State Opera joins the initiative of the musical cultural institutions "Together in Crisis" with the ballet "Sleeping Beauty" by music by P.I. Tchaikovsky, staged by Prof. Hikmet Mehmedov, and  "Pinocchio", Opera for Children, music by Alexander Yosifov, directing, set design, costumes, and plastic - Denis Ivanov.

April 30, Thursday, 8.30 pm 


The Sleeping Beauty, premiered May 4, 2017
Ballet-extravaganza in three acts by music by P.I. Tchaikovsky
Libretto by Marius Petipa and Ivan Vsevolozhsky
By the eponymous tale of Charles Feather
Production and directing - Prof. HIKMET МЕHMEDOV
Ballet Assistant - VESA TONOVA

Actors and contractors:
King Florestan XIV - Svetlan Nikolov
The Queen - Dobrina Bahova
Princess Aurora, their daughter - Vasa Tonova
Catalabut, ceremonial master - Nedko Georgiev
Fairy Lilac - Galina Kalcheva
Karabos, evil fairy - Nadezhda Velichkova
Prince Desiree - Emil Yordanov
Fairy of Tenderness - Anelia Ivanova
Fertility Fairy - Antony Paskaleva
Fairy of Generosity - Daniela Turtumanova
Carefree Fairy - Yana Ovcharova
Courage Fairy - Adriana-Maria Manassieva
Bluebird - Daniel Tichkov

With the participation of soloists and the ballet ensemble of the State Opera - Burgas and with the special participation of the graduates of the ballet classes at the National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov ”- Burgas.

The Sleeping Beauty is large-scale, ambitious and impressive - as a staging, creative performance, and aesthetic vision, a ballet project that uncovers a world of the enchanted princess, good fairies, a badass with heavy punishment, a prince with a beautiful smile, a kind and brave heart, magic, an extravaganza of colors, motions, emotions and beautiful details that create true fairy-tale reality. The ballet was created based on the story of one of Charles Perot's most beloved children's tales and the immortal music of genius P.I. Tchaikovsky. The prima ballerina of the Sofia Opera and Ballet Vesa Tonova in the image of Princess Aurora, and her colleague Emil Yordanov, who is currently the premier ballet artist and of the Burgas Opera - as Prince Desiree. The primate of the Burgas Opera Galina Kalcheva is the fairy Lilac, and Nadezhda Velichkova becomes the evil fairy Karabos. Students of ballet classes at the National School of Music and Performing Arts “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov ”- Burgas. The premiere of the magnificent staging of the Burgas stage is May 4, 2017.
The staging work and the choreography, impressing with artistic perfectionism and creative scope, transferring the viewers to fairy-tale dimensions, where the aesthetics and the sense of balance rule, are the work of Professor Hikmet Mehmedov. The decors that meet the requirements of such a scale of action are the set designer Ivan Tokadzhiev - an artist whose style is often referred to as that of Salvador Dali. The costume designer is costume designer Tsvetanka Petkova-Stoynova, who receives the Association of Choreographers Association award for her creative work at The Sleeping Beauty. The award was established by the Association of the Bulgarian Choreographers Association and is held for the second time in 2018. The event is one of the most important annual events for the dance world in Bulgaria. In 2017, the ballet Swan Lake by music by P.I.Tchaikovsky, staged by the State Opera - Burgas, with choreographer Prof. Hikmet Mehmedov, became the first winner of the prestigious award. The number of costumes in The Sleeping Beauty exceeds eighty as ballet dancers change their outfits during the course of the action. They are made entirely by hand, with women's dresses lined with thousands of Swarovski crystals, each of which is glued by hand to give an exquisite overall look to the fabulous stage costumes.
"The Sleeping Beauty" is Tchaikovsky's longest ballet - its original length is about four hours. It is almost always presented in a condensed version. In the interpretation of Prof. Mehmedov, the final dancefloor is preserved, in which the characters from the tales of Perot - The Cat in Boots, the Thumb, the Little Red Riding Hood, and others - dance.

The premiere of the ballet "Тhe Sleeping Beauty" is at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg on January 15, 1890. The production was carefully prepared - with a rich set design, the best soloists of the theater were attracted. From its inception to today, more than a century later, Sleeping Beauty continues to be considered a classic in the repertoire of world theaters.

Prima ballerina Vesa Tonova, who plays the role of Princess Aurora, shares the production: "Directed by Hikmet Mehmedov turns "The Sleeping Beauty "into one of the most beautiful and talented productions. The show is built as a" prologue and epilogue. " reading leaves a special sense of good, joy, and hope. I understand what the director wants me to do and with our confidence and respect for the creative beginning, our team becomes very strong. "
The director of the State Opera - Burgas Alexander Tekeliev emphasizes that "in those times people were thirsty for the fairy-tale fantasies of aristocratic classicism."
In the production of the State Opera - Burgas you will see a magical vision, which, like in a crystal ball with snowflakes, like those of childhood, will alternate fairy-tale images, in a wonderful and enchanting dance, such as "a pill of kindness and beauty" at a time when fabulous realities are too far from our pragmatic agenda.



is based on Carlo Collodi's story about Pinocchio's adventures for children
Director, set design, costumes, plastic, and makeup - Denis Ivanov
The production conductor is Tsanislav Petkov
Assistant directors - Lina Peeva, Peter Tiholov

The actors and performers of the Pinocchio premiere:
Pinocchio - Branimir Nedkov
Father Carlo - Peter Tiholov
Fairy with blue hair - Stefka Hristozova
Lisana /The Fox/- Lina Peeva
Cotaran /The Cat/  - Miroslav Dimitrov
Mr. Monty - Diman Panchev
Pulcinella - Merry Apostolova
Harlequin - Milen Dinolov
Carabiner - Ivan Grozev
Judge - Veselin Spasov
Bartender - Alexander Perperiev

The composer Alexander Yosiffov's opera "Pinocchio" was staged for the first time on the stage of the State Opera - Burgas on February 24, 2018.
The young director, set designer, costume, and make-up artist at "PINOCCHIO" Denis Ivanov, has graduated from the classical singing and music-stage direction at the National Academy of Music "Pancho Vladigerov", and is currently studying "Scenography for Music Theater" at the National Academy of Arts. Gifted with multifaceted talent, the young artist strives to avoid "annoying patterns" in children's performances. He describes himself as being from a generation that grew up with the art of Walt Disney, which influenced his work as well. From fairy tale animations, he takes on beauty and fantasy. "This is the way to look at a children's play as a genre," he says. According to him, it is most difficult to make a play for children, because this audience is the most outspoken, most sensitive to false, to the good and the bad.
Pinocchio's orchestral accompaniment is performed under the baton of Maestro Tsanislav Petkov, and the artistic composition of the ballet at the State Opera - Burgas takes part in the performance.
The production is a beautiful kaleidoscope of a beloved fairy tale, characters who have acquired the dimensions of relics - for children and for grown-ups, emotionalism, drama, moving touches and, of course, the ubiquitous tale lesson that reminds us that as much as we grow up, we cannot escape the things we were taught when we were children - to be wholehearted, do good deeds, dedicated in our relationships, and keep in the most carefully guarded corner of our hearts the hope of the Blue Fairy, which fulfills desires