Christmas Eve with Raina Kabaivanska

ph. Krum Stoev

Three days consecutively - on 24th, 25th and 26th of December at 1:30 p.m. Bulgarian National Television (BNT-2) will broadcast the Charity Gala Concert in honor of the 80th anniversary of the great opera actress Raina Kabaivanska organized by New Bulgarian university. This significant music event of 2014 gathered on the stage of Hall No. 1 at the National Palace of Culture some of the most popular students and scholarship holders of Raina Kabaivanska who are already recognized stars of world most famous opera theatres. The audience had the unique pleasure to hear Maria Radoeva, Anton Markov, Kostadin Mechkov (Bulgaria), Andrea Carè, Veronica Simeoni, Elisa Barbero and Matteo Desole (Italy), Vittoria Yeo (South Korea), Anaïs Mejías (Puerto Rico), Ana Petricevic (Serbia), Sofia Soloviy (Ukraine). The Gala Concert at the National Palace of Culture with the participation of the Choir and the Orchestra of the Sofia Opera and Ballet, conducted by Maestro Nayden Todorov, was visited by more than 4000 admirers of Raina Kabaivanska’s art.
The program included arias and ensembles of the opera’s greatest masterpieces. All the funds raised during the Gala concert are designated to be used for scholarships for young opera singers to study in Italy with Raina Kabaivanska. The culmination of the Concert was the performance of Raina Kabaivanska - Fidelia's aria from "Edgar" of Puccini followed by the enthusiastic applauses of the audience.