“Portal of two worlds” – Tsari Mali grad – the latest idea of ​​the director Plamen Kartalov

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The Sofia Opera and Ballet is preparing for the opening of its new festival “Portal of Two Worlds” (August 29 – September 7, 2020), which will be held at the late antique fortress Tsari Mali grad, located on the hill of St. Spas above the village of Belchin, 15 km from Samokov and 53 km from Sofia.

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The project is implemented in partnership with the Municipality of Samokov, Spa Complex “Belchinski Izvor” and Museum Complex Tsari Mali grad – Belchin village.

This is the sixth stage of the Sofia Opera and Ballet for the Summer Season 2020, which is realized on the idea of ​​the director Plamen Kartalov, in search of new historical places related to legendary opera plots. The Samokov forest, the Samokov master carvers, the Samokov mines, the Rila Mountains correspond exactly to the setting of the action in the libretto.


“The Nine Brothers of Ioannina” by Lyubomir Pipkov, directed by Plamen Kartalov (Photo: Sofia Opera and Ballet)

The festival will open on August 29, from 7:30 p.m. with defined by audiences and critics as “the most Bulgarian opera” – “Janina’s Nine Brothers” by Lyubomir Pipkov, whose action takes place in the distant, corresponding to the libretto 1361, high on the hills near Samokov. There, nestled in Rila’s arms, she smokes Janina’s house alone.

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Have you not heard of Janina’s nine brothers, of Georgi the Terrible and his brother the Angel the Carver. What the staging of the Sofia Opera with the folk musical drama by Lyubomir Pipkov will tell you is the drama of a Bulgarian family, intertwined with the history of an entire nation.

The musicologist Ivan Hlebarov wrote about this opera: “When an opera house staged” The Nine Brothers of Janina “by Lyubomir Pipkov, it means that the theater immediately became involved in solving fateful problems of the Bulgarian national culture.”


“The Nine Brothers of Ioannina” by Lyubomir Pipkov, directed by Plamen Kartalov (Photo: Sofia Opera and Ballet)

The production of the director Plamen Kartalov was performed with great success on the stage of the Bolshoi Theater during the tour of the Sofia Opera in Moscow (2018).

Conductor – George Dimitrov, scenography – Sven Yonke, costume designer – Stanka Vauda, ​​choreography – Riolina Topalova, choir master – Violeta Dimitrova.


The opera “Carmen”, directed by Plamen Kartalov (Photo: Svetoslav Nikolov-Chapi / Sofia Opera and Ballet)

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On August 30, from 7:30 p.m. the program continues with the opera “Carmen” by Georges Bizet, staged by Plamen Kartalov, highly appreciated by the Japanese audience and critics during the Opera tour in 2018.

On September 3 ballet fans will have the opportunity to see the show “Zorba the Greek” by Mikis Theodorakis.


The performance “Zorba the Greek” by Mikis Theodorakis (Photo: Svetoslav Nikolov-Chapi / Sofia Opera and Ballet)

For 25 years now, Theodorakis’ ballet has enjoyed exceptional success on the stage of the Sofia Opera and Ballet. Choreography – Lorca Masine.

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As part of the first edition of the summer festival “Portal of Two Worlds” at the fortress Tsari Mali grad, spectators will have the pleasure to enjoy another ballet performance – “Carmina Burana”, to the music of Carl Orff. The choreography is the work of Freddie Frandzuti – director of Balletto del sud – Lecce.


The ballet performance “Carmina Burana” to the music of Carl Orff (Photo: Sofia Opera and Ballet)

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On three consecutive evenings, on September 5, 6 and 7 the musical will be presented “Mamma Mia!” with the songs of the legendary Swedes from ABBA, created by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulveus.

Catherine Johnson’s libretto, designed by Judy Cramer, takes us to a Greek island, where love, passion and surprising situations draw us into a captivating romantic comedy.


The musical “Mamma Mia!” with the music of ABBA (Photo: Sofia Opera and Ballet)

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Tickets for the “Portal of Two Worlds” festival are on sale at the box office of the Sofia Opera (1 Vrabcha Street), as well as online at: the opera’s website – operasofia.bg, EasyPay, EpayGo and Eventim.bg. The box offices of the Tsari Mali grad fortress will work on site, as well as the mobile box office of the Sofia Opera and Ballet during the days of the performances.

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