Even in these uncertain times, the Summer Opera Festival Stage of the Ages will entertain guests and residents of the old capital Veliko Tarnovo. The rich program marks 35 years since the establishment of the first Bulgarian open-air opera festival, which began in 1985.
However, due to the situation with COVID-19, some changes to the initial program of the event were made. Unfortunately, there will be no international partnership this year. But thanks to the host in the face of the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo from July 18 to August 26 the state operas from Burgas, Ruse, Stara Zagora, the theatres from Veliko Tarnovo and Varna, the Pleven Philharmonic and the virtuoso violinist Vesko Eschkenazy will present their latest productions on the open-air stage of Tsarevets Fortress.
The festival will start with the opera “Il Trovatore” (The Troubadour) by Giuseppe Verdi performed by the Burgas State Opera. The program of the music festival will also feature the operas “Carmen” by Georges Bizet (July 25), “Attila” by Giuseppe Verdi (August 14), “La Belle Helene” (The Beautiful Helen) by Jacques Offenbach (August 26) and the operetta “Die Fledermaus” (The Bat) by Johann Strauss (July 31). On August 21 the Pleven Philharmonic and Vesko Eschkenazy will present “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla. As an associate event, the Pleven Philharmonic and Lucy Diakovska will present “Night of Musical” at the Summer Theatre at Marno Pole Park.
Tickets for all titles from Stage of the Ages are available in eventim.bg and in the Tourist Information Centre – Veliko Tarnovo, 5 Hristo Botev Str. The organisers assure that during the performances all anti-epidemic measures will be observed. As a special gift for the audience after each performance, there will be a screening of the audio-visual show “Tsarevgard Turnov – sound and light”.
Stage of the Ages is one of the most popular open-air festivals in Bulgaria and even Europe. In 2020, the event is part of the European festival network.