30 may 2023 The Burgas Musical Festival Opens With "Samson et Dalila"

With a performance of the opera "Samson and Delilah" to the music of the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns and directed by Assoc. Dr. Alexander Tekeliev, the Burgas Music Festival "Emil Chakarov" 2023 will be officially opened - on June 6 at 8:30 p.m. on the stage of the Summer Theater - Burgas. The musical holidays, which have become an emblem of the seaside city, will be held for the 16th time in a row, organized by the Municipality of Burgas and the State Opera - Burgas.

The premiere of the rarely performed opera title on the stage of Burgas was during the opening of BMP "Emil Chakarov" in 2017 and was received extremely warmly. The original scenography, with a minimalist style and compensating lavish costumes, by Catalin Arbore, Romania, the profound directorial skills of Assoc. Dr. Alexander Tekeliev, the skillful baton of Maestro Ivan Kozhuharov, the stage conductor, and the first-class artistic cast made the premiere a true cultural event.

After a four-year absence from the Opera's program, the Burgas audience and guests of the city will have the rare opportunity to relive the dramatic story of the Jew, endowed with divine power - Samson, and the beautiful Philistine woman who uses her feminine charm to tempt him, deceive, betrayed and destroyed - Delilah. The plot, based on the biblical stories of the Old Testament, contains not only an intriguing narrative line but also deep moral dilemmas, presented in a delightful way through the means of music-stage art and the magnificent score by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Under the precise baton of maestro Ivan Kozhuharov. well-known and beloved opera singers enter the main roles on June 6: the outstanding mezzo-soprano Daniela Dyakova will take on the role of Delilah, who is unmistakable in every stage performance - with dignity, taste, mastery of the voice, and rich, impactful timbre nuances.

The image of Samson will be recreated by the soloist of the Sofia Opera and Ballet Kostadin Andreev, who in the past 2022 was twice a guest soloist at performances of the Burgas Opera - in "Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini, on the stage of the Summer Theater, under the baton of the maestro Grigor Palikarov, and in "Carmen" by Georges Bizet - on the scene of the Thracian sanctuary of Begliktash. The famous singer, who sang many times with Gena Dimitrova, will be an expected guest in the difficult title from Saint-Saëns, which gives the opportunity to develop both vocal and artistic potential.

In the role of the High Priest of Dagon on the stage of the Summer Theater on June 6, the famous baritone Alexander Krunev, who recently solemnly celebrated his 60th anniversary on the stage of the Burgas Opera House, will perform. Krunev gives dignity and characteristic severity to the image of the priest, inspiring respect and awe.

In the image of Abimelech, satrap of Gaza, the bass player Delyan Slavov enters. In the role of the Old Jew will be Diman Panchev, bass, Envoy of the Philistines - tenor Lyubomir Todorov, First Philistine - Milen Dinolov, tenor, Second Philistine - baritone Branimir Nedkov.

Impressive – both in terms of musical complexity, and in terms of visualizing the plot, and in terms of opulence, are also the massive choral and ballet scenes, especially the emblematic bacchanalia, recreated through the masterful choreography of Galina Kalcheva. The conductor of the choir is Nevena Mihailova. Concertmaster of the orchestra of the State Opera - Burgas - Hristo Belchev, assistant directors - Lina Peeva and Petar Tiholov.

The large-scale opera production will also open this year's edition of the "Sanctuary Opera" festival, which will once again be held by the State Opera - Burgas and the Municipality of Primorsko - on August 5, on the open stage of the Thracian sanctuary of Begliktash.


Tickets for "Samson and Delilah" - at the box office of the Opera House, the "Chasovnika" box office - also works on Saturdays/, on the spot - at the box office of the Summer Theater, before the performance, as well as on the Grabo networks - https://grabo.bg /burgas/opera-0n8rb3vi and Eventim - https://www.eventim.bg/bg/bileti/drzhavna-opera-burgas-leten-teatr-burgas-1352364/performance.html