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Sofia Opera presents Plamen Kartalov’s Attila online to the world audience

For the second time, the Sofia Opera and Ballet will present its performance to the world audience through the OperaVision platform. After the exceptional success of the broadcast of “Boris Godunov” by Mussorgsky in the summer of 2020, the Sofia Opera will show another performance from its rich repertoire.

This is unlikely to surprise music lovers – for years the Sofia Opera has been an emblem of Bulgarian culture far beyond the borders of Bulgaria. Bulgarian opera singers have been known and applauded all over the world since the beginning of the 20th century. The tradition does not break, but continues to this day.

On March 19, 19:00 Central European Time, viewers from all over the world will be able to watch the online broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Attila. Plamen Kartalov’s impressive production of the historic Tsarevets fortress near Veliko Tarnovo was realized in 2011.

The performance was visited by hundreds of connoisseurs of opera, not only from Bulgaria but also from abroad.

Scene from the production of “Attila”, directed by Plamen Kartalov (Photo: Sofia Opera and Ballet)

Plamen Kartalov chose Tsarevets as the stage for his monumental outdoor productions more than 30 years ago. With the realization of the operas “Ivaylo” by Marin Goleminov, “Tsar Kaloyan” by Pancho Vladigerov and later “Attila” by Verdi, the director proves his exceptional mastery of telling stories in the open air.

Moreover, in the libretto of the two Bulgarian operas we find a historical connection with the place of action – Veliko Tarnovo. The far-sighted vision of cultural tourism is also quite clear, which was later seen in a number of other projects by Plamen Kartalov, among which is Wagner’s tetralogy “The Ring of the Nibelung”.

The multi-million audience on the Opera Vision platform will see an entirely Bulgarian soloist performance of “Attila”. Attila’s role was recreated by world-renowned bassist Orlin Anastasov, who debuted with her at Covent Garden, London in 2002, when he was just 26 years old. Two weeks before the production in Veliko Tarnovo, Anastasov performed the same role in La Scala, Milan.

Scene from the production of “Attila”, directed by Plamen Kartalov (Photo: Sofia Opera and Ballet)

Radostina Nikolaeva / Odabela /, Ventseslav Anastasov / Ezio /, Daniel Damyanov / Foresto /, Dimitar Stanchev / Pope Leone / and Plamen Papazikov / Uldino / take part in this memorable masterpiece.

The conductor of the production is Alessandro Sanjorji, the scenography – of Boris Stoynov, and the costumes – of Lyubomir Yordanov. The orchestra and choir of the Sofia Opera and Ballet take part.

* OperaVision / unites 29 partners from 18 countries, including opera houses such as Covent Garden – London, La Fenice Theater – Venice, Comische Opera – Berlin, La Monet – Brussels, Opera Comic – Paris, Teatro “San Carlo” – Naples, Teatro “Real” – Madrid, the national theaters of Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Latvia.

The OperaVision platform is visited daily by thousands of fans of opera and ballet.

The documentary recording of “Attila” is from July 29, 2011, the beginning of the online broadcast on March 19 is 19:00 / Central European Time /.