The Stage

Concert of Raina Kabaivanska and her students
at the Capitoline Museums in Rome



On February 26, 2009 in Marcus Aurelius hall of the Capitoline Museums in Rome, in the presence of the presidents of Italy and Bulgaria, Raina Kabaivanska
performed a concert with a repertoire of her most popular roles. At the event the great soprano presented to the Italian public her students from the Master
Classes at New Bulgarian University: Eugenia Braynova, Veronica Simeoni, Andrea Caré and Alexander Nossikov. Accompanied by Prof. Boryana Lambreva, PhD.


Concert on the stage of the Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv



In 2014 New Bulgarian University organized a series of events to honour the 80th birthday of Raina Kabaivanska, its great friend, member of the Board and celebrated teacher.


On September 10 Raina Kabaivanska selected a team of 12 young artists from Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia, Puerto Rico, Chile and South Korea for her XIV International Master Class at New Bulgarian University. The winners of the master class performed two outstanding concerts at Sofia Opera and Ballet and within the framework of the 5th International Festival “Days of Music in Balabanov House” – on the stage of the Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv. Five of the winners continued their education in Italy with one-year scholarships from Raina Kabaivanska Fund at New Bulgarian University.


Charity Gala Concert “Raina Kabaivanska presents the stars of the opera”


The culmination of the celebrations was the charity Gala concert entitled “Raina Kabaivanska presents the stars of the opera”. The concert took place on 18 of
December 2014 in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture in front of more than 4,000 spectators. The concert was a gift to the legendary Maestra Raina Kabaivanska
from her most famous students and scholars from over the years. Today they are all stars of the major world opera theatres. Bulgarian audience had the unique pleasure to hear Veronica Simeoni, Andrea Caré, Sofia Soloviy, Vittoria Yeo, Maria Radoeva, Kostadin Mechkov, Anna Petricevich, Anaís Mejías, Elisa Barbero, Anton Markov, and Matteo Desole. The enthusiastic audience welcomed the appearance of Raina Kabaivanska and her exceptional performance of Fidelia's aria from “Edgar” by Puccini.

The concert was organised with the participation of the choir and orchestra of Sofia Opera and Ballet, under the baton of Maestro Nayden Todorov. They performed
arias and choral ensembles of some of the greatest masterpieces of the opera art. The director was Assoc. Prof. Snezhina Petrova. Funds from each ticket purchased helped to support the next generation of young opera singers and Raina Kabaivanska's mission to donate her experience and talent.

Concert “The Tenors of Raina Kabaivanska”


“The audience rapturously applauded the tenors of Raina Kabaivanska in Bulgaria Hall on Sunday evening, June 3rd. Even Andrea Caré who could not sing due to health reasons, losing his voice hours before the event, received unexpected applause. The Italian tenor was in the audience in the hall and visibly regretted not being among the performers on the stage. Especially in the end, when his mentor, Raina Kabaivanska, sang with Korean Davide Ryu and Venezuelan Reinaldo
Droz. All three young tenors are students from the master classes of Kabaivanska, and on Sunday evening the audience in Bulgaria Hall heard and saw them at the start of their careers. Since Caré was unable to perform, the maestra presented another young talent – the talented 20-year-old Aleksandrina Mihailova. Ryu and Droz performed more than they had envisaged, including excerpts from works by Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Cilea, Giordano. However, the audience would
not let them off the stage until they had performed together the aria Nessun Dorma from “Turandot” by Puccini.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                Slaveykov Square, June 2018
Raina Kabaivanska presents three of her outstanding students in a concert with Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra on June 3, 2018 in Bulgaria Hall, conductor – Nayden Todorov.

The concert features Davide Ryu from South Korea and Reinaldo Droz from Venezuela with the special participation of Aleksandrina Mihailova from Bulgaria.

Serata belcanto

25.09. 2017



“The young participants in Raina Kabaivanska School brought belcanto to the Italian Residence. On September 19, the third edition of “Belcanto evening 3” took place at the Embassy of Italy in Sofia (within the framework of the initiative vivereallitaliana). Main artists were young opera singers from the XIX International Master Class of Raina Kabaivanska School at New Bulgarian University. Young talents from Bulgaria, Italy, South Korea, Brazil expressed themselves in a programme which emphasized not only their great singing talent, but also the beauty and timeliness of the Italian opera, accompanied with arias by Rossini, Leoncavallo, Puccini and Verdi. The three wonderful Italian performers were Eleonora Filiponi, Giuseppe Infantino and Kristin Arsenova (Italian-Bulgarian).
In 2002 Raina Kabaivanska established a fund which bears her name at New Bulgarian University to provide support for the professional growth of young singers from Bulgaria and other countries by awarding scholarships. Mrs. Kabaivanska is also one of the most remarkable examples of permanent cultural cooperation between Italy and Bulgaria. Special gratitude is due to her for the wonderful evening, along with congratulations to all the singers who successfully affirmed the tradition of opera around the world. In addition, gratitude has to be expressed to UniCredit Bulbank and Generali Bulgaria for the sponsorship of the event. The evening also provided a wonderful opportunity to present the Italian award of the Order of the Star of Italy to the Executive Director of New Bulgarian University George Tekev, PhD in recognition of his hard work in spreading Italian culture and musical tradition. Besides the strong presence of the diplomatic corps, the guests of the evening also included many representatives of Bulgarian institutions, business and cultural circles.”

Embassy of Italy in Bulgaria

Under the patronage of H.E. Stefano Baldi, Ambassador of Italy to Bulgaria, at the Residence of the Embassy of Italy, Raina Kabaivanska has presented three concerts “Serata Belcanto” from her master classes in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The concerts feature Aleksandrina Mihailova, Reinaldo Droz, Maritina Tampakopoulos, Angela Schisano, Marily Santoro, Eva Jeong, Davide Ryu, Alexis Marsepoil, Ana Victoria Pitts, Ioana Kadiyska, Cristin Arsenova, Eleonora Filipponi, Giuseppe Infantino, Daniel Kim, Mila Mihova and others accompanied by Prof.Boryana Lambreva, PhD.