6 April, 19:00 hours, Hall 1
On the eve of Easter, on Good Friday, Opera and Philharmonic Society-Varna offers an enticing musical experience in whose center is the last work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – his Requiem – a passionate summary of the hard and contradictory path in life of the great artist. In the Requiem the composer reaches the deepest layers of human spiritual abysses where he finds soothing repose, grief and suffering.
The program of the concert includes also the overture to the opera Don Giovanni, which is among the most frequently performed works by Mozart.
Symphony No 40 in G-minor is also in the programme. In the summer of 1788 Mozart wrote his last three symphonies, considered to be the highest achievement of his symphonic work. It is Symphony No 40 that is valued as the most direct and complete embodiment of Mozart’s symphonic art.
The concert of works by Mozart unites the efforts of over 200 performers. The conductor is Maestro Hristo Ignatov
. Choir-masters are Marin Chonev
, Malina Hubcheva
and Rositsa Shtereva
. The programme features the choir and orchestra of Opera and Philharmonic Society-Varna, mixed choir “Morski Zvutsi” (“Sea Sounds”) and soloists Tsvetelina Maldzhanska (soprano), Aleksandrina Milcheva (mezzo-soprano), Nikolay Motsov (tenor) and Konstantin Videv (bass).
Undoubtedly, the most impressive name in this quartet is one of the Bulgarian opera divas – ALEKSANDRINA MILCHEVA, mezzo-soprano. She made her debut on the stage of Varna Opera in the part of Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte by Mozart. In 1970 her most glamorous international career began on the world stages: La Scala – Milan, Grand Opera – Paris, Covent Garden, Vienna’s State Opera, Bolshoi Theater and others. Apart from this, Aleksandrina Milcheva is a renowned interpreter of cantata and oratorio works. In the last years, besides her stage performances, the famous Bulgarian singer has been involved in some pedagogical activities. Tsvetelina Maldzhanska is one of her most talented students. So, as partners the Varna stage will welcome the talented soprano singer and her renowned vocal pedagogue.
TSVETELINA MALDZHANSKA (soprano) was born in the town of Vratsa. She started taking piano lessons at the age of six. When she was nineteen she entered the Medical Academy in Sofia. In 1994 she studied opera singing in Boris Hristov’s Academy in Rome under the guidance of Nikola Gyuzelev and Aleksandrina Milcheva. Her opera stage debut was in 1995 in Ruse and Sofia. She has sung with almost all Bulgarian philharmonic orchestras. She has been an award-winner at national and international competitions: “Hristo Brambarov” – Sofia, Iena – Italy, Bulgarian National Radio, France and others.
She has given guest-performances in Bulgaria, Italy, Israel, Germany, Brazil, the USA.
At the end of May 2005 she was chosen as a partner to Hose Carreras for his concert in Sofia. The pre-history of her success as a singer is full of ups and downs. She started playing the piano when she was six, and when she was twelve she fell in love with the opera. She started studying medicine after winning the National Olympiad in Biology. In her free time she began taking lessons from Alexandrina Milcheva. She then turned up at the audition for the Academy “Boris Christov” in Rome, competing with students of opera singing, and she won. In 1995 she became laureate of the competitions “Hristo Brambarov” and “Francesco Paolo Nelia” in Italy. It was after this that her artistic debut in Lucia di Lammermoor took place in Ruse. Her hesitation between medicine and opera singing finished as late as 2001 when the famous drama director Boyko Bogdanov staged La Boheme at the Sofia Opera. Tsvetelina Maldzhanska was the soloist who won the warm appreciation not only of the audience, but of the director as well. Since then they have shared together the difficult life of artists.
NIKOLAY MOTSOV (tenor) has won awards at the national competitions ’Svetoslav Obretenov”, “Parashkev Hadzhiev” and “Lyubomir Pipkov” as well as at the international competition for young opera singers “Boris Hristov” – Sofia. He graduated from State Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov”in the class of Prof. Ilka Popova and Prof. Pavel Gerdzhikov He had his debut on the stage of Ruse in Requiem by Mozart (1998). He is a regular participant in the international festivals “Sofia Music Weeks” and March Music Days. He has engagements in opera theaters in Bulgaria and abroad – Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium and others. He features in central tenor parts in operas by Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Tchaikovski, Verdi and others.
KONSTANTIN VIDEV (bass) graduated from the State Music Academy in Sofia in 1983 in the class of Prof. Asen Selimski. He was a soloist with the National Opera in Sofia in the period 1982 – 1995.
The repertoire of the singer includes the parts of Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville by Rossini, Philip II and the Great Inquisitor in Don Carlos, Ramfis and Pharaoh in Aida, Padre Guardiano from La Forza del Destino by Verdi, Balthazar from La Favorita by Donizetti, Dosifei from Hovanstsina by Mussorgsky, Zuniga from Carmen by Bizet, Colline from La Boheme by Puccini, Zahariy from Zografat Zahariy by M. Goleminov.
Konstantin Videv has given guest-performances on the opera stages in Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Holland, the USA and others.