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In different performances of Sofia Opera and Ballet House will participate singers of the School of Kabaivanska. In the part of princess Eboli (the opera “Don Carlos” of Giuseppe Verdi) Bulgarian public will enjoy the mezzo-soprano Cinzia Chiarini – a student of the XIII-th Master Class of Raina Kabaivanska at New Bulgarian University.

In September will take place the XIV-th International Master Class of Raina Kabaivanska ending up with a Gala Concert on September 28, 2014. The same day will be opened a big exhibition reflecting the world career of Raina Kabaivanska. The photographs of Raina Kabaivanska in different parts are delivered from the archives of great opera theatres all over the world.

On 29-th of December Raina Kabaivanska will present the students of her Master Class at Plovdiv Ancient Theatre in a concert within the Fifth International Festival “Music days at the House of Balabanov 2014”.

In December 2014 will be published a biographical book and album “Raina Kabaivanska”.

The culmination of the celebrations will be the Jubilee Charity Gala Concert “Raina Kabaivanska presents Opera Stars”. It will take place immediately after the birthday of the Opera Diva – on 18-th of December, 2014, 19.00 h at Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. During the Jubilee Charity Gala Concert Bulgarian public will have the unique pleasure to hear the voices of the most popular students of Raina Kabaivanska who already sing at the best opera theatres. They will be presented by the great Opera Diva in person, with the Orchestra of Sofia Opera and Ballet House accompaniment, conducted by maestro Nayden Todorov.

Raina Kabaivanska, called the DIVINE, is the most remarkable opera actress nowadays who preserved the traditions of Italian belcanto.

The debut of Kabaivanska in 1961 at Milan La Scala was the start of a brilliant career which goes through all world theatres – from Covent Garden - London, Grand Opera - Paris, Teatro Real - Madrid, the Methropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall in New York, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Opera - Berlin, Sofia Opera and Ballet House, Moscow Bolshoi Theatre and Tokyo Opera. During her 55 years long career she played unforgettable parts covering extremely large repertoire – only Tosca was performed more than 400 times and the same number is valid for the part of Madama Butterfly. The media in Italy wonder – “After so many performances Raina Kabaivanska can still find again, for every next part a new gesture, a new sigh, a new glance and to reach such intensity that revives at certain moments her character”.

Especially active is Kabaibvanska’s career in Italy where she sings in all big theaters – Milan La Scala, Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Arena di Verona, theatres in Turin, Genoa, Parma, Bologna, Modena and the Opera in Rome.

Partners of Kabaivanska on the stage are several generations of great tenors – Franco Corelli, Mario Del Monaco, Jon Vickers, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Cura, Mario Melanini, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Andrea Care.

In 2013 Raina Kabaivanska added to her numerous awards the International Award for Opera – Oscar for career, delivered by Teatro Comunale - Bologna, Italy.

For Bulgaria Raina Kabaivanska is a symbol not only of the opera art but also of the good and the spirit. Her performances at Sofia Opera and Ballet House will remain unforgettable with the crowds of people in front of the ticket offices and with totally excited admirers of her talent. Her concert with “the blue dress” in the beginning of 90-ties will be always emblematic as a symbol of liberty and democratic society in Bulgaria.

Master classes of Kabaivanska should be mentioned as another top of her achievements. She delivers her knowledge to the young opera singers in Italy (Academia Chigiana – Siena, Music Academy “Vecchi Tonelli” – Modena) and Bulgaria (New Bulgarian University – Sofia). “My teacher Zitta Fumagalli was a very generous woman, and I would like to return to the young people part of that goodness which she gave to me”- says Kabaivanska. Thus, gradually for the last 15 years was formed the School of Kabaivanska.

Going through the School of Kabaivanska many opera singers from all over the world achieved success and recognition at various opera theatres, festivals and competitions - in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, USA, Bulgaria etc. Their names are among the artists of Milan la Scala, the Macerata Festival, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Reggio in Turin, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Comunale in Modena, Teatro Reggio in Parma, the Napoli Teatro San Carlo, Arena di Verona, Sofia Opera and Ballet House, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Opera in Berlin, Chicago Opera Theatre. Students of the School of Kabaivanska are the winners of the competitions “Luciano Pavarotti” and “Viotti” in Italy and “The Queen Elizabeth” in Belgium.

The Gala Concert “Raina Kabaivanska presents Opera Stars” is organized by New Bulgarian University and Sofia Opera and Ballet House together with the National Palace of Culture. Special support provides America for Bulgaria Foundation, “Fantastico”, Alpha Bank - friends of the Master Classes of Raina Kabaivanska for many years.

Tickets for the Jubilee Charity Gala Concert “Raina Kabaivanska presents Opera Stars” are already available in the Eventim network.

The Concert which will be a celebration of the birthday of Raina Kabaivanska will introduce the public into the world of the opera art and will make it a part of the success called the School of Kabaivanska. Every ticket will support the next generation of young opera singers and the cause of Raina Kabaibanska to share and donate her experience and talent.

Since 1998 Raina Kabaivanska is Dictor Honoris Causa of New Bulgarian University, since 2001 she carries out Master Classes at NBU and in 2002 establishes a Fund for national and international scholarships designated for opera singing.

Another component of the Jubilee Year of Raina Kabaivanska will be a new Facebook website – http://www.facebook.com/Raina.kabaivanska.jubilee where the initiators will try to publish every day of the year one story about the great Opera Diva.

Master Classes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4Y72b6MJkU

Charity Gala Concert “Raina Kabaivanska presents Opera Stars” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnrgZ8bKgHA


Additional information – George Tekev, New Bulgarian University,

Phone number: 00359-2-8110-224; Mobile phone – 00359-888 40 27 67

E-mail: gtekev@nbu.bg; http://www.rainakabaivanska.net//