20 august 2020 Maestro Ivaylo Krinchev With The Emil Chakarov Award The beautiful Joanna Kadiyska appears on the stage of the Summer Theater in the role of the award-winning beauty in "Beautiful E

Maestro Ivaylo Krinchev was awarded this year's Emil Chakarov Prize, which was established in 2011 and is traditionally awarded during the Burgas Music Festival. The first winner of the prestigious prize, named after the world-famous Bulgarian conductor, is the violinist Mincho Minchev, who has also won world fame.

The award will be officially presented during the performance "Beautiful Elena" - on August 25, Tuesday, from 20.00, on the stage of the Summer Theater - Burgas. The comic opera in two acts by Jacques Offenbach will officially close the Burgas Musical Festival "Emil Chakarov", performed by the State Opera - Burgas, in partnership with the Municipality of Burgas. In the unusual 2020, in which not only cultural institutions but also all public spheres were faced with severe challenges, the Burgas Opera, with the support of the Municipality of Burgas, managed to implement a strong festival program and attract large audiences, subject to all required measures. tailored to the situation.

The director of "Pretty Elena", based on the libretto by Henri Mayak and Ludovik Alevi, is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexander Tekeliev, the scenography is by Boris Stoynov, the costume designer is Tsvetanka Petkova-Stoynova, the choir conductor is Nevena Mihaylova, the choreography is by Grisha Roglev, the concertmaster is Yordan Kovachev, assistant director - Petar Tiholov.

Behind the conductor's stand is Tsanislav Petkov, who after his brilliant debut in "The Bat" by Johann Strauss-Son, is expected to repeat his success.

In the role of the Beautiful Helen, queen of Sparta, wife of Menelaus, on the stage of the Summer Theater will appear the beautiful mezzo-soprano Joanna Kadiyska, who completely impresses with her image - and as a vision bearing the characteristics of eternal femininity, and as vocal abilities, and as responsible attitude to the creative task. The young tenor Yani Nikolov, who excels in the vocal and artistic challenges of the role, made his debut as Paris, the son of the king of Troy Priam. Menelaus, king of Sparta, will be the baritone Jordan Hristozov, who builds the image with a fresh sense of humor and professional skill.

Miroslav Dimitrov will play the role of Mercury, the messenger god. Kalina Popova debuted as Juno, queen of the Olympic gods, wife of Jupiter. Lena Peeva will present herself as Venus, goddess of love. Polina Bahchevanova also makes her debut role - as Minerva, goddess of wisdom, science, crafts, and war. Debuting is the role of Calhas, High Priest of Zeus, known for his cunning moves, for bass Diman Panchev. As Agamemnon, King of Kings, we will see Branimir Nedkov, baritone/debut/. The part of Orestes, son of Agamemnon, will be performed by soprano Maria Tsvetkova-Madzharova. The bass Kostadin Mechkov debuted as Achilles, a Thessalian hero, king of Phthiotis. In the roles of Ajax I and Ajax II we will see Milen Dinolov and Lyubomir Todorov, as Philocom, a servant of Kalhas, Nikolay Nikolov appears on the stage, as Bakhis, a servant of Elena, we will see Stefka Hristozova /debut/.

The artistic performances of the orchestra, choir, and ballet of the State Opera - Burgas also take part in the attractive staging, characterized by dynamics, easy-to-remember musical motifs, great directing, very invigorating mood and alternating comic situations.

For the winner of the "Emil Chakarov" award - maestro Ivaylo Krinchev:

He graduated from the National Academy of Music "Prof. Pancho Vladigerov ”- Sofia with the specialties“ Choral Conducting ”in the class of Prof. Lilia Gyuleva and“ Opera and Symphony Conducting ”with Dimitar Manolov and Prof. Ivan Vulpe. Participates in master classes in symphony conducting under the guidance of Prof. Ilya Musin, St. Petersburg and Prof. Karl Ostereicher, Vienna.

From 1990 to 1996 he was a conductor at the Burgas Opera and the Burgas Philharmonic, and from 1996 to 1999 he was also the director of the Burgas Opera. Under his direction, for the first time, the operas Don Juan and Norma were staged there.

He is also one of the founders and participants in the first edition of the music festival named after Emil Chakarov, opened with "Requiem" by Giuseppe Verdi under his leadership.

The following year he worked as artistic director and conductor for the production agency Euro stage, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and conducted numerous opera performances in the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, France, and Switzerland.

He has performed at many symphony orchestras and opera houses in Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia. There are recordings for BNR and BNT.

Since 2002, he has had annual appearances in South Korea. He conducts a number of symphony and chamber orchestras and conducts master classes at various universities. In 2007 he was the conductor of the opera "Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini, with the participation of the Sofia Opera Orchestra and recorded by the national radio KBS. In 2018 he was invited for the international super production of the opera "Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi, together with the opera houses of Degu and Quangju and with the participation of the national choir from Seoul.

Since 2015 he has been the chief conductor of the Stara Zagora Opera.

His teaching activity at the NMA began in 1993. in the specialties "Opera Singing with a Conductor" and "Opera-Symphonic Conducting". In 2005 receives the scientific title of associate professor. In 2014 he acquired the educational and scientific degree "Doctor", and since 2015. - the academic position of the professor.

During the period 2012 - 2016 he was Head of the Department of Music and Performing Arts at the Military Medical Academy of the National Academy of Music, and since 2016 - Vice-Rector.

For the soloists and the conductor:

Joana Kadiyska / Elena / began her musical career as a soloist of the Children's Radio Choir at the Bulgarian National Radio, with conductor Acad. Hristo Nedyalkov. There she was noticed by the great opera prima Alexandrina Milcheva, who became her vocal pedagogue.

Graduated in opera singing at the National Music Academy "P. Vladigerov ”, in the class of Prof. Svilen Raichev and in 2015 received his master's degree in classical singing. He is currently a PhD student at the Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music.

In 2011 he won the second prize at the XVI International Youth Music Festival-Competition, Dobrich-Albena, "Hopes, Talent Masters". Two years later, in 2013, he won a scholarship from the Boris Hristov Foundation for the Opera Studio at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia - Rome, where he specialized with Senor Renata Scoto, vocal pedagogue Anna Wendy and maestro Cesare Scarton.

Among her achievements are also: II prize of the XXIV National Competition for Young Instrumentalists and Singers "Svetoslav Obretenov"; an audience award and an award for the best interpretation of a Bulgarian musical work at the International Opera Singing Competition "The Rose of Evterpa in Karlovo"; III prize at the Second International Competition for Opera Singers "Elena Nikolai"; Second prize at the 10th Franz Schubert International Competition and finalist at the International Vocal Competition, Zdar nad Sazavou, Czech Republic.

Over the years he has attended various master classes for vocal and stage skills and work on the interpretation of operas by a number of prominent pedagogues and artists with international recognition, including - Darina Takova, Anna Tomova - Sintova, Carlo Colombara, Fiorenza Kosoto, Bruna Balioni, Larisa Gergieva and others.

In 2018 he became a scholarship holder of the Raina Kabaivanska Foundation and continued his studies in Modena, Italy.

He made his debut on the stage of DMBC "St. Makedonski ”, with the role of Elena in the production“ The Beautiful Elena ”by Jacques Offenbach, directed by Mario Nikolov, under the direction of Yuli Damyanov. Among her creative performances on stage are also:

 the role of Dorabella in "Cosi fan tutte" by VA Mozart, on the stage of the Burgas Opera - director Alexander Tekeliev and conductor Ivaylo Krinchev;

 the role of Zerlina in "Don Juan" by WA Mozart, on the stage of the Burgas Opera - director Alexander Tekeliev and conductor Rafael Feye;

 the role of Olga in "Eugene Onegin" by PI Tchaikovsky, on the stage of the Plovdiv State Opera, director Vera Petrova and conductor Luciano Dintino;

 the role of Madame Flora in "Medium" by Menotti, on the stage of the State Opera of Stara Zagora, director Ognyan Draganov, conductor Victor Krumov

 the role of Susie in Giacomo Puccini's "The Swallow", on the stage of the State Opera of Stara Zagora, directed by Yavor Gardev, and others.

Yani Nikolov / Paris / Alumni of NUMSI "Prof. Pancho Vladigerov", Burgas, majoring in clarinet. Winner of numerous awards in the country and abroad. Since 2009, a student at the National Music Academy "Prof. Pancho Vladigerov" - Sofia, majoring in classical singing, in the class of Maria Belcheva. He was noticed as a student and the first roles were not late. He made his debut on the stage of the Sofia Opera and Ballet, in student projects of academician Plamen Kartalov. Participant in many master classes of world singers and musicians such as Carlo Colombara, Roberto Skandyutsi, Luciana Dintino, Christian Benedict, Richard Barker, Darina Takova, Orlin Anastasov, Emil Ivanov, Katya Borisova, Ivan Konsulov and others.

Participant in opera festivals and concerts in Bulgaria, Greece, Austria, Romania, and Switzerland. The most prestigious among them are Bulgaria Hall with the Sofia Philharmonic, Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture with the Bucharest Philharmonic. Guest performer at the European Parliament in Brussels, on the occasion of the national holiday of Bulgaria, under the patronage of the Bulgarian government.

Tsanislav Petkov - conductor

Pianist, graduated with a master's degree in opera and symphony conducting at the National Music Academy "Prof. Pancho Vladigerov ”- Sofia in the class of Prof. Plamen Djurov. Tsanislav Petkov is only 30 years old, but he has an enviable career as a conductor.

He has conducted many projects as a student, and his debut was as a conductor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra. He was the conductor of the orchestra of the National Musical Theater "Stefan Makedonski" - Sofia.

In parallel with his work at the State Opera - Burgas he is the chief conductor of the Chamber Orchestra - Haskovo.

About the work:

The premiere of "Beautiful Helen" took place on December 17, 1864, at the Paris Variety Theater with Hortens Schneider and Jose Dupuis in the lead roles and was an instant success according to both audiences and music critics. Everyone loves her so much and enjoys her that - a truly unprecedented case! - It is played 700 times in a row. The premieres of "The Beautiful Helen" followed in Vienna / 1865 / Berlin / 1865 /, London / 1866 / and in Chicago - a year later, in 1867. A series of performances of the work is also available at the New York Opera - from April 13, 1871 г.