24 august 2022 An Explosion Of Emotions With "The Barber of Seville"

On the warm evening of August 24, the Summer Theater of Burgas was even more heated - because of the whirlwind of emotions generated by the performance of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE.
Super dynamics, a non-stop series of comic moments, an unadulterated mood created by the exceptional artistic fusion of everyone on stage. And they created one of the funniest performances - with an intelligent sense of humor, a wink at the audience - which also elegantly took up the challenging gauntlet thrown down, with inexhaustible energy and evident pleasure in the modernized version of the comic opera by Gioachino Rossini, in a directorial reading of Assoc. Dr. Alexander Tekeliev, skilfully combined with the original scenographic and costuming solutions of Denis Ivanov.
Under the masterful baton of maestro Ivan Kozhuharov, real artistic furies were on the stage at the Summer Theater tonight, the guest soloists were:
Dobromir Momekov, Ilina Mihaylova, Nikolay Motsov, as well as the soloists of the Burgas State Opera - Kostadin Mechkov, Delyan Slavov, Nona Krastnikova, Yordan Hristozov.
The baritone Dobromir Momekov, who for the first time enters the super fun role of Figaro - in the style of Elvis Presley and the rock era of the 70s, achieved a remarkable synchronization with all the other artists in the production, which they did not just present on the stage, but experienced - with a lot of mood and visible pleasure from what is happening on stage. Vocally, artistically, and as an overall appearance, the guest soloist was a real fury, and his image fit one hundred percent.
Ilina Mihailova, known to the Burgas audience, who sang at the premiere performance, as well as at the performance in December 2021, was once again a beautiful typhoon on the stage, with remarkably crafted vocal technique for the difficult part of Rozina and with genuine charm. Lyric-spint tenor Nikolay Motsov with great pleasure entered the role of Count /Sheikh/Almaviva for the sixth time in the new production of Prof. Tekeliev - and with each passing performance he is more and more effective in building the image, which has several aspects, and causing genuine laughter with his successful stage sketches. The bass player Kostadin Mechkov - in the role of Doctor Bartolo, once again recreated the wonderfully ticklish image of the old bore, who tries unsuccessfully for the attention of the beautiful Rozina. Very good vocal preparation and appropriately selected stage techniques were presented by the bass Delyan Slavov - for the first time in the role of Don Basilio in the updated reading of "The Barber of Seville", although he has sung the role many times in classic productions of Rossini's famous comic opera. Nona Krastnikova was once again greeted with a standing ovation by the audience, who sincerely enjoyed her cute, daring, provocative and Berta, who does not hide her affinity for men, wine and... something else and builds the image with enough self-irony. Barton Yordan Hristozov was also fresh and artistic - in the roles of Fiorello and the Officer.

The wonderful artists from the choir - with conductor Nevena Mihaylova, who had intriguing acting tasks filled with a great sense of humor and dynamism - also joined the general whirlwind mood. The orchestra with concertmaster Hristo Belchev also deserve admiration - impeccable in their interpretation of the dynamic Rossini score.
Assistant directors Petar Tiholov and Lina Peeva Lina Peeva, the pianist Mira Iskarova, who performed the piano recitatives, the specialists from the technical services and all those who were outside the light of the stage spotlights, but with their work they contributed to the overall well-maintained appearance of "The Barber of Seville".
The international audience reacted emotionally during the performance, sending all the wonderful artists to their feet.
Almost at the end of the successful season for the Burgas Opera, a real artistic celebration was created in the Summer Theater - in order to keep the good traditions.

The event was the next in the calendar of the Burgas Music Festival "Emil Chakarov" 2022, successfully implemented by the State Opera - Burgas and the Municipality of Burgas.
At the end of the emotional performance, the traditional basket of flowers was presented on behalf of the mayor of Burgas, Dimitar Nikolov.

Photos: State Opera - Burgas