23 december 2020 The Balance Of An Unusual Year Despite the difficulties, the Burgas Opera ends the year with hope
Gone are the last days of 2020 - unusual, unexpectedly displacing all routine and familiar patterns, crisis, stress, challenging - through the impetus to make us rethink the crisis not as a threat but as an opportunity…
And because culture, including classical music, was among those most affected by the "new reality" to which we were forced to adapt quickly so that artists could still carry out their mission - to create and create an aesthetic product, which is the necessary superstructure in our entire life, apart from the vital base in material expression.
After the extremely successful in creative terms for the State Opera - Burgas 2019, the passing 2020 began with a busy program. In February, until mid-March, until the state of emergency was declared, several tours were made - in Veliko Tarnovo and Gabrovo and Sliven / with the concert "Without love you can not", conductor Levon Manukyan, screenwriter - Julia Manukyan, with the participation of Nencho Balabanov and Sonya Kovchezlieva; in Stara Zagora / with the concert performance "Ah, this musical" - conductor - Yordan Dafov, soloists: Edelina Kaneva, Orlin Goranov, and Orlin Pavlov, in Plovdiv - with the concert "I love Bulgarian music", soloists - Orlin Goranov and Margarita Hranova, conductor - Levon Manukyan. The ballet performance "Bayaderka" to the music of Ludwig Minkus, staged by the State Opera - Burgas, yesterday, February 19, on the stage of the Drama Theater "Nikola Vaptsarov" in Blagoevgrad, staged by Vesa Tonova, soloists: Ivanina was a great success. Ivanova - in the role of Nikia, Emil Yordanov - Solor People from the audience enthusiastically commented that such a ballet extravaganza has not been seen recently on the Blagoevgrad stage and expressed their admiration and gratitude for the professionalism of the artists from the State Opera - Burgas,
In February, the Opera Hall also witnessed exciting performances - Nona Krastnikova, Daniel Damyanov, Alexander Krunev, Yordan Hristozov and Yani Nikolov / debut /, the orchestra and choir of the State Opera - Burgas were brilliant and influential, under the baton of conductor Tsanislav Petkov in the opera "Clowns" by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, directed by Prof. Pavel Gerdjikov / February 11 /. On February 17, the Burgas audience also had the opportunity for an aesthetic experience of the highest class. One of the most performed operas by WA Mozart - "Don Juan" created an atmosphere of drama, subject to the challenges of the heart and the dictates of Fate. The conductor of the production, directed by Alexander Tekeliev, was maestro Ivaylo Krinchev. Cast: Maria Tsvetkova-Madzharova, Nona Krasnikova, Ioana Kadiyska, Nikolay Motsov, Branimir Nedkov / debut /, Valeri Turmanov, Delyan Slavov, Diman Panchev.
For fans of art, subordinated to the muse Terpsichore undisputed event was the Dance Gala, which includes a bouquet of classical, modern, sports dances and attractive acrobatic combinations, featuring the prima ballerina of the Sofia Opera and Ballet Marta Petkova and soloists from the Burgas Opera: Emil Yordanov Ivanina Ivanova, Adriana-Maria Manasieva, Daniel Tichkov, Polina Ivanova, Stoyan Fartunov, the wonderful dancers from "Dune", led by Petya Stoykova, the acrobats from the Club of Sports Acrobatics "Neftohimik 2011", led by Diana Koleva, doubles dances "Burgas 1975". The ballet ensemble of the State Opera - Burgas - also took part in the rich and varied program of the Dance Gala as a beautiful nuance to the overall aesthetic picture of the evening.
In early March, the Burgas stage was subject to an explosion of colors and emotions - with the operetta "Gypsy Baron", music by Johann Strauss-son. Conductor - Tsanislav Petkov. Directing - the work of Mario Nikolov, who also played the role of Sandor Barinkai, conductor of choirs - Nevena Mihaylova, dance - Galina Kalcheva, concertmaster - Yordan Kovachev, assistant directors - Lina Peeva and Peter Tiholov. On the stage of the Burgas Opera the exciting images, telling the wonderful story of love, respect for family and traditions, as well as the most important treasure - what is hidden in the human heart, were presented by Valentina Korchakova, soloist of the National Musical Theater, Mario Nikolov, Shmilena Sultanova, Yordan Hristozor, Maria Tsvetkova-Madzharova, Diman Panchev, Petar Tiholov, Lina Peeva, Yani Nikolov. The orchestra, choir, and ballet of the State Opera - Burgas also took part in the general beautiful amalgam of passions, emotions, colors, dynamic twists, and exciting plot denouement.
The first live event followed the isolation of the soloists of the Burgas Opera: Maria Tsvetkova-Madzharova, Nona Krasnikova, Ioana Kadiyska, Yani Nikolov, Valeri Turmanov, Yordan Hristozov, Diman Panchev, and Kostadin Mechkov - they sang from the windows of the Municipality of Burgas on May 24.
After the exciting concert for May 24, which passed with wide media interest - nationally, and was greeted with admiration by the Burgas audience, which for the first time listened to opera singing on the square in front of Burgas Municipality on the Day of Bulgarian Culture and Slavic Literature, Burgas Opera had prepared open-air concerts in June, included in the thematic weekends organized by the Municipality of Burgas. On June 13, the Ethnographic Museum of Burgas hosted the concert "Ethno". The concert was attended by Maria Tsvetkova-Madzharova, Nona Krasnikova, Ioana Kadiyska, Yani Nikolov, Branimir Nedkov, Yordan Hristozov, Delyan Slavov, Diman Panchev. Accompanist - Mira Iskarova.
On June 19, in the garden of the Flora Exposition Center was the opera concert, including works of world classics, united by the symbolic title "Prayer - Faith, Hope, Love". It is the prayer for more faith and for overcoming difficulties, as well as the hope for a calmer and more harmonious life, shared understandings, and more beauty in everyday life, that are so necessary at a time when the dynamics of events precede and surprise any predictions. The fundamental values remain inalienable and with this concert we remembered this maxim - through the means of classical art, charging with the incomparable ennobling power of music. The concert program featured: Lyudmila Mihailova, Maria Tsvetkova-Madzharova, Nona Krasnikova, Joana Kadiyska, Yani Nikolov, Branimir Nedkov, Delyan Slavov, Diman Panchev, Kostadin Mechkov. Accompanists: Daria Krasteva, Raina Popova.
The last opera concert for June - "Toast" was also in the open space of the Exhibition Center "Flora" on June 28, presenting compositions united by the festive idea of the toast - as a symbol of shared good mood and a wish for controversial and blessed Christmas days. The concert was attended by Joana Zhelezcheva, Maria Tsvetkova-Madzharova, Shmilena Sultanova, Daniela Dyakova, Yani Nikolov, Alexander Krunev, Branimir Nedkov, Diman Panchev, Kostadin Mechkov. Accompanist - Mira Iskarova. With the participation of people from the State Opera - Burgas conductor of people - Nevena Mihailova.
In June, the Opera Hall witnessed the most unusual concert - for its entire existence as a stage factor in Burgas. Conductors, soloists, orchestrators, and audiences were in sync not only with the canons of art and its aesthetic perception but also with the modern new and old precautions, which have been in force since yesterday. It is certainly not easy to listen and shoot with a mask, but it is incomparable with the creative and purely physical effort of the artists on stage, who deserve the most sincere admiration! The chamber concert on June 24, with conductor Tsanislav Petkov, was also with unusual soloists - the young reliable instrumentalists: the violinist Olga Doykova / then 12 years old / and Daria Krasteva, piano, both winners of numerous international and national awards.
At an official ceremony of the Municipality of Burgas, which this year - due to the imposed measures, was postponed to June /18.06.2020/, in the Expo Center "Flora" were awarded special prizes on the occasion of May 24, awarded for special merits in the field of culture - of Prof. Hikmet Mehmedov and Nevena Mihailova, choirmaster of the State Opera - Burgas.
The traditional Burgas music festival "Emil Chakarov" this summer was an attractive center for lovers of quality music. On July 7, with the opera "Masked Ball" by Giuseppe Verdi, this year's edition was officially opened on the stage of the Summer Theater - Burgas. The music festival was held for the 13th time, in partnership with the Municipality of Burgas. The title "Masked Ball" is completely in line with the surprising realities of recent months, which have imposed the concept of "mask" in a completely different and much more pragmatic sense. And art is the antithesis of the unflattering facts of life, although it reflects and transforms them. The staging of Verdi's opera, through the innovative directorial decisions of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexander Tekeliev unfolded its dramatic brilliance as an analog of the life ball with masks, which contains the whole spectrum of emotions and feelings - tearing doubts, treacherous tendencies, vortex passions, pure love, marked by doom, dramatic denouements. The performance was under the baton of maestro Ivan Kozhuharov, conductor of the choir - Nevena Mihaylova, concertmaster - Yordan Kovachev. The artistic cast was also magnificent: Valeriy Georgiev - guest, Joana Zhelezcheva Alexander Krunev, Maria Tsvetkova-Madzharova, Daniela Dyakova, Delyan Slavov, Diman Panchev, Branimir Lyubomir Todorov, Milen Dinolov.
The Emil Chakarov Summer Music Festival continued on July 10, also on the stage of the Summer Theater, with a brilliant Dance Gala, with the participation of Ivanina Ivanova, Adriana-Maria Manasieva, Daniel Tichkov, Polina Ivanova, Teodor Tsakov, Yana Berduta, Stoyan Fartunov, Dune Dance School, led by Petya Stoykova, Sports Acrobatics Club "Neftohimik 2011" led by Diana Koleva, Sports Dance Club "Burgas 1975" and the ballet ensemble of the State Opera - Burgas.
On July 15, at the Summer Theater, the world-famous tenor Kamen Chanev, in the role of Manrico, will perform at Giuseppe Verdi's Troubadour. This, to great sorrow not only for the Burgas connoisseurs of opera but also for the world music community, was the last stellar performance on the Burgas stage for the great singer, his Swan Song in front of the Burgas audience, which we will surely remember forever, with gratitude and admiration. in front of his gigantic talent and spirit! ... A bow!
Soprano Maria Tsvetkova-Madzharova made a memorable debut in the role of Leonora. Magnificent roles were also played by Alexander Krunev, Daniela Dyakova, Diman Panchev, Lina Peeva, under the expert and inspired baton of maestro Ivan Kozhuharov. An extremely positive article about the Burgas performance was published in an authoritative specialized edition for classical music in Hamburg, Germany.
In July, both St. Anastasia and Tsarevo were captivated by the rhythms of tango - with the concert performances "Argentine Tango" / in the program "Party on the Island" / and "Le Grand Tango", conducted by maestro Svilen Simeonov, who known for his artistic stage behavior, charismatic presence, intelligent sense of humor and ability to build an emotional bridge with the audience, which is an undisputed favorite. The concerts were with the participation of the orchestra of the State Opera - Burgas, soloist - Ralitsa Petkova, violin. The other event of the "Party on the Island" program was on August 8 - "Love Story" - music from classical French cinema, conductor - Yordan Dafov, soloists: Andreana Nikolova and Alexander Baranov, concertmaster - Hristo Belchev.
In July, there was excitement on the stage of the Summer Theater and for the youngest audience - the children. On July 20, the fairy tale "Pinocchio" was told, with the opera for children by Alexander Yosifov, directing, scenography, costumes, and makeup - Denis Ivanov, The other three titles included in the program "Children's Summer" were: "Max and Moritz ", Music by Alexander Yosifov, director - Alexander Tekeliev - on August 4," Alice ", musical for children by Alexander Yosifov and the musical comedy" The Four Twins "by Georgi Kostov, directed by Alexander Tekeliev - on August 17.
In the program of the Summer Music Festival the Burgas audience and the guests of the city got in the mood with the comic operetta by Johann Strauss - son "The Bat" / July 28 /, under the baton of conductor Tsanislav Petkov / debut /, conductor of choirs - Nevena Mihaylova, dances - Nedko Georgiev. The main roles were played by Edelina Kaneva, Marcho Apostolov, Maria Tsvetkova-Madzharova, Lina Peeva, Yani Nikolov, Yordan Hristozov, Miroslav Dimitrov, Kostadin Mechkov, Shmilena Sultanova, Petar Tiholov.
At the end of July /29.07.2020/ the soloists of the State Opera - Burgas, accompanied by the orchestra, conducted by Tsanislav Petkov, were ambassadors of Italian culture, southern temperament, lifestyle, thinking, and incomparable taste for beauty in life, in the North Black Sea Coast - in picturesque Balchik, with the concert "Italian Mood". The Burgas Opera is a welcome and welcome guest in the program of the festival "Days of Classics in Balchik", which is held annually in the coastal city. Intelligent and empathetic audience, wonderfully selected program, fresh mood, charming presenter, with a professional approach and detailed knowledge in the field of classical music - Irena Gadeleva from the show "Allegro Vivace" on BNR, the predisposing neighborhood of the sea, pleasant summer weather - were complex prerequisites for an exciting event with a touch of Italian charm in beautiful Balchik. Soloists were: Joana Zhelezcheva, Maria Tsvetkova-Madzharova, Nona Krasnikova, Ioana Kadiyska, Yani Nikolov, Daniel Damyanov, Alexander Krunev, Branimir Nedkov.
The stage of the Summer Theater was on a Broadway wave on August 11, with the musical "Kiss Me, Kate" by Cole Porter, directed by Alexander Tekeliev, conductor - Tsanislav Petkov, scenography and costumes - Denis Ivanov, choreography - Zhelka Tabakova. The super fun amalgam of intricate plots, artistry, and great music was created by Edelina Kaneva, Marcho Apostolov, Nona Krasnikova, Branimir Nedkov, Delyan Slavov, Lina Peeva, Yordan Hristozov, Diman Panchev, Miroslav Dimitrov, Petar Tiholov, Lyubomir Todorov, Valyu Totev.
On August 13, the Summer Theater solemnly celebrated the 70th anniversary of Prof. Hikmet Mehmedov with "Ballet Ballet" - "Swan Lake" by PI Tchaikovsky, staging, choreography, and direction - Prof. Mehmedov. The young prima ballerina of the State Opera - Burgas Ivanina Ivanova made a brilliant debut in the role of Odeta / Odilia. The opinion of many people in the audience was that they had never seen a better "Swan Lake". The long-time ballet master of the State Opera - Burgas received the award for special merits of the Municipality of Burgas "The Key from the Tower", which was presented by the Deputy Mayor for "Culture, Tourism, and Sports" Diana Savateva. She also read a congratulatory address on behalf of the Mayor of Burgas Dimitar Nikolov.
The Burgas Music Festival was officially closed on August 25, also on the open stage in Primorsky Park, with the comic opera "Beautiful Elena" by Jacques Offenbach, directed by Alexander Tekeliev, conductor Tsanislav Petkov. Cast: Ioana Kadiyska / debut on the Burgas stage /, Yani Nikolov / debut /, Yordan Hristozov, Miroslav Dimitrov, Kalina Popova / debut /, Lina Peeva, Polina Bakhchevanova / debut /, Diman Panchev / debut /, Branimir Nedkov / debut / , Maria Tsvetkova-Madzharova, Kostadin Mechkov / debut /, Milen Dinolov, Lyubomir Todorov, Nikolay Nikolov, Stefka Hristozova. Before the show. The Director of the State Opera - Burgas - Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexander Tekeliev and Diana Savateva, Deputy Mayor of Burgas, presented Prof. Ivaylo Krinchev with this year's Emil Chakarov Award - for particularly high achievements in the field of music.
The new season of the Burgas Opera opened on September 17 with the symphonic concert "Viennese Classics", including works from the period of Viennese classicism, characterized by the sophistication of artistic expression, style, and aristocracy, In the well-chosen program of the concert dedicated to the 250th anniversary from the birth of the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Behind the conductor's desk was maestro Yordan Dafov, who is celebrating his 80th birthday earlier this year. He managed to subdue soloists, orchestra, and choir to the common aesthetic cause and to achieve the atmosphere of a high-level concert performance. In the concert "Vienna Classics" their solo qualities, united by the common idea, were presented by Rada Chomakova - piano, Joanna Zhelezcheva, Ioana Kadiyska, Yani Nikolov, and Kostadin Mechkov. The program of the concert "Viennese Classics" included the orchestra and choir of the State Opera - Burgas. Choir conductor - Nevena Mihailova, concertmaster - Vanya Zlateva.
Concert "Vienna Classics", Coronation Mass by VA Mozart, September 17, Opera Hall, conductor - Yordan Dafov, soloists: Joanna Zhelezcheva, Ioana Kadiyska, Yani Nikolov, Kostadin Mechkov; participating: orchestra and choir of the State Opera - Burgas, conductor of choirs - Nevena Mihaylova
Alexander Yosifov's opera for children "Max and Moritz" was presented on September 19 in the Opera Hall; on September 25 the passions in the hall were heated - with the emotional concert performance "Latino Pulse", conductor - Svilen Simeonov, soloist - Ralitsa Petkova, with the participation of the orchestra of the Burgas Opera; on September 29, the performance of the comic opera by Jacques Offenbach "Beautiful Elena" was again a great success.
Incredible stage magic occurred during the performance of one of the most beautiful musically, as well as the embedded drama of emotion, Puccini's operas - "Bohemia", on October 7, in the Opera Hall. The elusive feeling of electrification of the space between artists, choir, orchestra, conductor, and the audience was palpable. It is this invisible thread that gives rise to the true meaning of art - to give an emotion that we could hardly draw from every day relationships and the world of pragmatics. It was a great performance of Puccini's masterpiece - precisely because of this soldering, in which, figuratively speaking, the spark is transmitted from above to the hall to give impetus to continue to be complete and emotionally complete ... The solo cast of "Bohemia" was conducted by maestro Ivan Kozhuharov, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday. "Bohemia" is undoubtedly his element - as an embedded emotion and a brilliant conductor's interpretation. Memorable and exciting roles were played by Nona Krastnikova, guest tenor Mihail Mihailov, Maria Tsvetkova-Madjarova, Maryan Yovanoski, Diman Panchev. Yordan Hristozov, Kostadin Mechkov, Veselin Hristov, Lyubomir Todorov, Petar Tiholov. All the soloists, orchestrators, and artists-choristers were united by a single feeling of tragic romantic doom, psychological depth, but without unnecessary pathos, embedded in Puccini's score, undoubtedly ingenious. The production of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexander Tekeliev completely impresses the semantic and aesthetic points of the composer and libretto, building the characters and weaving them into the action, with the polyphonic skill of the ideas embedded in the layers of plot development / assistant director of the production is Lina Peeva. artist - Radostin Chomakov, conductor of the choir - Nevena Mihaiyova, concertmaster - Yordan Kovachev /. Deserved admiration was given to maestro Ivan Kozhuharov, who traditionally turns every performance under his baton into an event!
On October 13, the young soloists of the Burgas Opera Orchestra - Olga Doykova, Kostadin Koshnicharov, Vladimir Meranliev received sincere admiration and admiration and raised the Burgas audience, along with the established trumpet player Peter the Great in the concert under the baton of Tsanislavsto Petkov - concert.
One of the culminations in the past year in the program of the Burgas Opera was the concert of two giants in the world music art - Mincho Minchev and Lyudmil Angelov. On October 18, they fulfilled the allowable capacity / due to health measures / of the Opera Hall, and personally the mayor Dimitar Nikolov presented to the famous violinist Prof. Mincho Minchev, who celebrates his 70th anniversary the biggest award of Burgas - "The Tower Key".
An intriguing program had prepared the Burgas Opera for the chamber concert on November 18. The event was the first of the month after all performances and concerts of the Burgas Opera were temporarily canceled due to the complicated epidemiological situation and illness of some artists, in order to protect the health of the artistic staff and the audience of cultural events.
Performed by the orchestra of the State Opera - Burgas, under the baton of the young conductor, but already with enviable experience behind the counter - Tsanislav Petkov, sounded well-balanced stylistic program, including one work of baroque music, Viennese classicism, and contemporary music from the early XX century. Concertmaster - Vanya Zlateva.
Magnificent emotion was created by the three opera Primas - Maria Tsvetkova-Madzharova, Nona Krasnikova, Ioana Kadiyska, and the pianist Mira Iskarova at the concert performance Primadonna-Donna-Donna !!! - on November 20, in the Opera Hall. The participation of the bass and artistic secretary of the Burgas Opera Delyan Slavov was original, who was in the role of a leading "provocateur", in the positive sense - of the primates, who took part in a noble stage competition in which the only winner was the audience! The concert was nominated for an event in November in the BNT program "Eternal Music", author and host Mario Nikolov, garnering the most votes.
On the evening of November 27 in the Opera Hall you will receive Edelina Kaneva and Nona Krastnikova, together with Mira Iskarova - on the piano, Rositsa Toncheva - double bass, Patrick Konov - trumpet and Kiro Ivanov - drums, again showed and proved that musicians with serious training and established aesthetic criteria of the classical school, they could fulfill practically everything, as they have the intelligent artistic presence and a tangible accumulated aesthetic-conceptual background - with the concert performance "Swing Classic".
Thanks and applause - for the eventful year, despite the objective difficulties, deserve the director of the Burgas Opera - Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexander Tekeliev. for his foresight and human approach, the artistic and administrative staff, technical services and all professionally connected with the Burgas cultural institution, invested energy and heart in creating the most complex performing arts, eclectically combining different aspects of creativity!
These are just a glimpse of what happened on the Burgas stages and the scenes in other cities in Bulgaria for the difficult year 2020. Many productions and concerts enjoyed the attention of the audience and were duly appreciated, many performances were canceled or postponed for better times. The important thing is that art proves to be alive, even in moments of unprecedented challenges.
We hope that in difficult times, such as the current ones, classical music will continue to give loyal art lovers moments of contact with harmony, positivism, and a bright beginning in life, as a counterbalance to fear and despair. We all hope for calmer days, in which art could, without fear, be a fundamental source of Good and Hope, of Harmony and Beauty!
We are waiting for you, dear fans of classical music, in the next 2021 as well, because without you, the audience, art cannot exist and have its unique and inimitable influential and reviving power! ...
We wish you a better, healthier, calmer, more smiling, more beneficial New Year, and may the Music continue to be with you, with us, and with all those who have chosen to be faithful to it!
Thank you - for the presence of our performances, for the positive feedback and support!
Thanks also to the Municipality of Burgas - for the long-term fruitful cooperation, to the Mayor Dimitar Nikolov and especially to Diana Savateva, Deputy Mayor, for her permanent support and attitude to art, to the press center of the Municipality, to the Burgas and national media - for the correct coverage of our events, to all who are directly or indirectly related to the creative activity of the Burgas Opera!
A bow, dear audience!