The School of Raina Kabaivanska with a great opera performance in December

Young opera talents from the Master Class at New Bulgarian University with a chance for a part on a big stage 

It is the first time this year when the audition for the XVI-th International Master Class of Raina Kabaivanska at New Bulgarian University will be simultaneously a casting for participation in the opera “Turandot” by Giacomo Puccini. The opera super production will be a co-project of New Bulgarian University and Sofia Opera and Ballet House and will be presented three times in December.
The idea about the performance is a continuation of the efforts of Raina Kabaivanska not only to train young talents but also to support their promotion on the international opera stage.
“Turandot”will be the third similar project after in 2010 New Bulgarian University and Sofia Opera and Ballet House staged the opera “La Boheme” with students of the great opera prima from Bulgaria and Italy. After six performances in 2010 and 2011 in Sofia, in January 2012 two more took place in January 2012 at Teatro Comunale “Luciano Pavarotti” in Modena, Italy. In December 2012 another opera performance was staged – “Werther” by Jules Massenet in collaboration with New Bulgarian University, Sofia Opera and Ballet House and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium. 

This year the performance will be arranged in two cast lists of students from Bulgaria and Italy trained in the School of Raina Kabaivanska - some of them already recognized stars of world opera theatres. 

This year the applicants for the XVI-th International Master Class of the great opera prima will have also the chance to take part in the casting for parts in the performances of “Turandot”. 
Registration of applicants, as announced by George Tekev, PhD – the Executive Director of NBU, will start on March 17, 2016. Everybody interested in the forthcoming audition for participation in the Master Class and in the casting for “Turandot” can register online in the official website of the world-famous opera star www.rainakabaivanska.net. Eligible applicants - professional musicians or students in a Music Academy at the age up to 32 years, should prepare five arias for the competitive audition. 

The audition of the applicants this year will take place on 8-th of September at Sofia Opera and Ballet House and will be conducted personally by Raina Kabaivanska. Ten young opera singers selected from all applicants will have the opportunity to work with Raina Kabaivanska in the period 9-24 of September on improving their vocal skills and actor’s interpretation as well as on preparation of new parts.

On 25-th of September will be the Gala concert of the students of the Master Class at Sofia Opera and Ballet House with its Orchestra conducted by Maestro Nayden Todorov - a concert with the special participation of Raina Kabaivanska who will also announce the scholarships awarded by her donation Fund.


ph. Viktor Viktorov

So far more than 70 scholarships for training with Raina Kabaivanska were disbursed through the Fund in three categories – for the Master Classes at New Bulgarian University, for the Master Class at Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy and special one-year scholarships for the Music Academy “Vecchi-Tonelli” in Modena, Italy. Through the years the Fund gained contributions of persons and organizations – among them America for Bulgaria Foundation, Fantastico, Sofia Municipality. Events are under the patronage of the President of Republic of Bulgaria.


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