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Varna Drama Theatre and Opera

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Varna Drama Theatre and Opera

Drama Theatre "Stoyan Buchvarov" is a repertory theater. For nine decades, he led a successful dialogue with his audience, looking for new forms of theatrical language plays in the realization of both Bulgarian and foreign classics, and the modern drama. Every creative season DT "Stoyan Buchvarov" maintained poster on 14 titles, 6 of which premiere each month to meet their salons 3,500 viewers.
Varna theater faces at all age groups, but prevail performances targeted at a young audience. In recent years young Bulgarian directors and designers meet understanding and opportunity to realize their unconventional creative projects Varna scene. Varna Theatre is hosting the International Theatre Festival "Varna Summer", which is held every year between 1 and June 12.
Stage of Varna started his career many famous actors. Today the constant creative staff counts 22 actor. The troupe is strong, a professional with a great creative range. The most prominent Bulgarian filmmakers gladly work Varna stage for better working atmosphere and creative tolerance between generations, established over the years.
Drama Theatre - Varna is young in spirit theater that accepts the challenges of time and current trends in art. He is not afraid to cross beyond the known, beyond the traditional understanding of theater. Its purpose is to create a production that deserved to participate in the dialogue between the cultures of the countries of the European Community.
The Varna Opera House was registered under the name of Varna Public Opera House on 6th April, 1947 and was officially opened on 1st August of the same year. Stefan Nikolaev was appointed as its first Director and Peter Raichev, the distinguished Bulgarian singer, was invited as the first Art Director.
Being an experienced artist with a good command of the staging and directing process, Peter Raichev selected fifteen young, talented and enthusiastic singers for the soloist cast. An orchestra, a choir and a ballet group were also formed under the leadership of the young conductor Ruslan Raichev, the choir-master Dimiter Mladenov and the choreographer Assen Manolov. The cast, including the stage designers Asen Popov and Vladimir Misin, prepared the first stage production - the opera "The Bartered Bride" by B. Smetana, within less than a month!
In the first two seasons alone, more than ten performances were staged, predominantly titles from the world opera classics - "Madama Butterfly", "Cavalleria Rusticana", "La Traviata", "Tosca", "La Boheme". The history of the Varna Opera was marked by the contributions of many conductors, singers, ballet dancers, composers, directors, choreographers, and scenographers.
The summing-up of the fifty-year-record of the Varna opera house amounts to over 200 productions and nearly 7000 performances for more than three millions of spectators!
The repertoire is rich and diversified both in genre and style. It covers the major share of the opera heritage from the 18th and 19th c. and a number of the 20th c. masterpieces of the music stage art. A number of them were produced for the first time in Bulgaria on the Varna stage, among them being; Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" (1960), Dvorak's "The Devil and Kate" (1961), Prokofiev's "Betrothal in a Monastery" (1962), Britten's "Albert Herring" (1964) and "The Beggar's Opera" (1982), Bellini's "Norma" (1972), Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Golden Cockerel" (1973), R. Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos" (1975), Rossini's "La Cambiale Di Matrimonio" (1977), "Il Turco in Italia" (1988), Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex" (1995), the ballets "Spartacus" by A. Khachaturian (1977), "Arabian Nights" by F. Amirov (1983), etc.



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