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Daegu Opera House to Present ‘Elektra’


The Daegu Opera House is set to present Strauss’ “Elektra” as part of tis 20th International Opera festival. The opera will star Liliya Kehayova and Diana Lamar in the title role alongside Tsvetana Bandaolovska, Radostina Nikolaeva, Gergana Rusekova, Mariana Zvetkova, Daniel Ostretsov, Atanas Mladenov, and Veselin Mihaylov, among others. Plamen Kartaloff directs and Evan-Alexis Christ conducts. The production opens Oct. {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Sofia Opera & Ballet 2023 Review: Götterdämmerung


(Photo: Sofia Opera & Ballet) Having successfully staged strong productions of “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre,” followed by a slightly less convincing presentation of “Siegfried,” Sofia Opera & Ballet concluded its new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle with a splendid performance of “Götterdämmerung.” Not only was it musically, dramatically and visually gripping, but it also successfully brought together the threads {…}

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Sofia Opera & Ballet 2023 Review: Siegfried


(Photo: Sofia Opera & Ballet) After a very successful performance of “Die Walküre,” expectations were running high for Sofia Opera & Ballet’s production of “Siegfried,” the third opera in the company’s latest Ring Cycle. Unfortunately, however, it fell short of the standards set by the two preceding operas, “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre,” and was dwarfed by the excellent presentation {…}

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Sofia Opera & Ballet 2023 Review: Die Walküre


Photo: Sofia Opera & Ballet Having successfully established its aesthetic and dramatic foundations during its production of “Das Rheingold” on the previous evening, Sofia Opera continued with its new presentation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle for what turned out to be a musically and theatrically strong performance of “Die Walküre.” Kartaloff’s Visually Stunning Direction The director, Plamen Kartaloff, along with his {…}

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Sofia Opera & Ballet 2023 Review: Das Rheingold


(Photo: Sofia Opera & Ballet) Bulgaria’s Sofia Opera has just premiered its new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle, its second in the last 13 years. Perhaps even more remarkable, however, is the fact that in a country with a population of less than seven million people, the cycle was cast almost entirely using home-grown talent, with only two singers coming {…}


Concorso Voci Verdiane Città di Busseto Selects 123 Singers


The 59° Concorso Voci Verdiane Città di Busseto has announced that 123 singers will participate in the competition. The event for young singers between 18 and 38 is presented in memory of Carlo Bergonzi. Organized by the Fondazione Arturo Toscanini and by the Teatro Regio di Parma, the 123 singers were selected from 275 applications from five continents and 28 {…}

News, Streaming

Russell Thomas, Roberto Alagna, Christine Goerke, John Holiday, Ghena Dimitrova, Ildebrando d’Arcangelo Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week


Are you looking for classic operas with star-studded casts? Or major concerts with diverse repertory? Or some new works that explore that the possibilities of the artform? We have all of that covered in this week’s top 10 operas to stream. So without further ado, let’s kick things off… Vanished – The Dallas Opera (NOW) Ryan McKinney has taken the {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Freddie de Tommaso, Andrè Schuen & Mika Kares Headline New CD/DVD Releases


This week audiences will get to experience a solo debut album and two complete opera recordings. Here is a look at our recommendations. Passione Freddie De Tommaso releases his debut album “Passione.” The new album represents an homage to tenor Franco Corelli and features arrangements made for other star tenors including Henry Mancini, Mantovani, and Giancarlo Chiaramello. There are also {…}

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Sofia Opera to Stream Archived Production of ‘La Gioconda’ Starring Ghena Dimitrova


On May 6, 2021, the Sofia Opera will celebrate the 80th birthday of soprano Ghena Dimitrova and 70th birthday of tenor Rumen Doykov with a filmed version of their 1999 production of Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda.” Directed by Plamen Kartaloff and conducted by Georgi Notev, the cast featured Dimitrova, Doykov, Nicola Ghiuselev, Stefka Mineva, Zhivko Pranchev, and Elena Chavdarova. Dimitrova first {…}