National Opera and Ballet, Sofia

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    National Opera and Ballet

    by call_me_rhia Updated Jul 21, 2014

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    The National Opera and Ballet is an imposing building hidden in a side-street of the center. The building was established in 1953. The acoustic is perfect and - especially if you are not an opera lover - this is the place to experience it: not only for its top notch quality, but also for its low prices. An experience not to miss.

    Outside, there's a statue of a man: only locals I guess would recognize Alexander Stamboliyski - who was Prime Minister from 1919 to 1923.

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    National Opera Sofia (Sofiiska Nationalna Opera)

    by hekate Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sofia National Opera, founded in 1890, is the oldest and most prestigious Bulgarian opera theatre.

    There are many singers, conductors and directors who have contributed the the professional achievements of the Sofia National Opera. Some of the stars of world opera, such as Nicolai Ghiaurov, Ghena Dimitrova, Nicola Guselev, Anna Tomova-Sintova have made the first steps of their artistic careers on the Sofia stage.

    If you are an opera fan you will like it here. As far as I remember the most expensive ticket was about 40 leva (EUR 20).

    I did not take the picture but I have seen people taking pictures during the performances. I am not quite sure it is allowed but if you really want it you may try your luck.

    Sofiiska Nationalna Opera

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    by desert_princess Updated Apr 11, 2008

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    Ninth Easter festival 23 - 7 may 2005
    "Swan Lake" - Tchaikovski
    I don't remember seeing a Ballet, I guess it never interested me till today. So I just went to take a look......and got spellbound!!!! Sooo much beauty and grace I haven't seen for long !!!! You don't need to speak bulgarian to see a Ballet....the only thing you need are eyes for beauty ...the rest is MAGIC!!!!! I would reccomend this to anyone!!!
    The Prima ballerina was Viara Natcheva (She is a prima of the Berlin Ballet too ). And the word I have for her is PERFECTION!!!!She is born for ballet....sooo talented,so fragile and strong at the same time - she is the grace in person!!!
    Here she is - Viara Natcheva/Odette-Odille with Rossen Kanev / Prince Sigfried

    With " Swan Lake" starts the hisory of the Russian Classical Ballet - as Glinka sets in 1836 the beginning of the Russian national opera with "Ivan Susanin". The premiere of the ballet takes place on 20 february 1877 in Bolshoi Theatre, and the choreography,having turned itself into a classic, is the edition from 1895 of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov,staging of Mariynski Theatre.

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    The National Opera House

    by viddra Written Jan 14, 2006

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    The building at the corner of Rakovski St and Dondukov Blvd houses both the Opera and Ballet.

    The main facade consists of 10 columns, above which you can see rich illustrations of the struggle of the Bulgarian nation against fascism.

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    by desert_princess Updated Nov 11, 2005

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    " The Swan Lake" is a romantic story of the love between the bewitched girl Odette and prince Sigfried. Only the faithfulness and devoted love of the prince can free Odette and her friends from the power of the magician.Sigfried is ready for anything, but the Evil Genius trirs through the power of magic and deceit to take him away from his beloved. At the Ball in the palace ,he presents his Daughter Odille as Odette. The prince,although confused, manages to tear himself from Odille and comes into fight with the very magician. The power of love triumphs over the evil. Sigfried and Odette meet happy the dawning of the day.

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    Odille and Prince Sigfried at the Ball
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    by desert_princess Updated Nov 9, 2005

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    The first staging of "The Swan Lake" in Bulgaria was in 1937 at the Sofia Opera .

    You wanna know how much my ticket costed ? 3 LV , that is 1,5 euro!!!! Well it's a Balcony seat but if you were smart enough to take binoculars as I did you have the best view to the scene!!!
    And you don't usually need to pre-book your tickets - just show up half an hour before the performance begins :)))

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    La Traviata in Sofia

    by chbuchie Updated Oct 30, 2005

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    You need to do everything (well almost) once in your life

    Go & see an opera in Sofia, where I saw my first.

    In my home town in Antwerp prices start around 50 euro, in Sofia the superb view from our front balcony seats costed 8 leva , or 4 euro
    she staggers and falls dead at her lover's feet.

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    Opera House

    by tim07 Updated Aug 1, 2010

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    Built in 1909 and seating 1200, this elegant building is home to the Bulgarian National Opera and Ballet. A respected organisation that puts on quality performances throughout the season.

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    This is a scene from 'Maria...

    by gebezis Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This is a scene from 'Maria Tudor', presented in the National Opera - Sofia.

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