History

In 2003 the Mozart Celebrations started in Pravets. The idea came from Pravets-born opera singer Snezhinka Avramova – a mezzo-soprano who lives and builds her successful singing career mainly in Germany. “Mozart Celebrations” are held on the stage of Chitalishte “Zarya 1895”.

2003

August 29, 2003 is the premiere of Mozart’s opera “So Do All.” Director-director, scenography and costumes – Snezhinka Avramova, conducted by the famous Bulgarian conductor Pavel Balev. The young opera singers Simeon Pilibosyan, Alexander Ternyanov, Elena Baramova, Anton Dinev, Nikolay Bachev, Olga Dinova, Evgenia Angelova, Ventsislav Dinov, Anna Karadimitrova and Marieta Lazarova make their successful debut.

2004

By Decision № 81 / 12.10.2004 the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Pravets accepted the Municipality of Pravets to participate as one of the founders of the association Mozart Celebrations-Pravets’04”.

2005

The second edition of “Mozart Celebrations”. The world-famous violin duo Dina Schneiderman and Emil Kamilarov, the piano duo “Kaishige” from Japan and the Ladies Chamber String Orchestra “Gega-New” with conductor George Dimitrov take part in the festival program with their concerts.

2006-2011

The festival confirms its presence in the cultural poster of the country as an expected event, offering its audience a variety of musical events for children and adults. Chamber concerts, master classes, thematic classes for children are held, performances of young discoveries and talents are supported, world-renowned performers are guests. For the first time outside the capital, the unique for Bulgaria initiative is transferred, supported by the America for Bulgaria Foundation – “Fortissimo in class visits the children of Pravets”.

2012

The “Mozart Celebrations” are held for the first time on the specially built open stage of the lake in front of the RIU Pravets Golf SPA&Resort. The festival is in a new format, which attracts the attention of spectators from all over Bulgaria and abroad with its program, brilliant soloists and highly artistic productions.The grand opening is with the performance of the Burgas Opera of the opera “The Wedding of Figaro”, the second evening is dedicated to the ballet with the participation of Ballet “Arabesque” in the performance “Don Juan”, followed by the gala concert “V. A. Mozart – Classics and Jazz ” on the square in Pravets. The final chord is set with the attractive concert-performance “Music, Dance, History and Fashion”.

2013

The festival is established as the most anticipated event in the summer cultural calendar of Bulgaria. “Mozart Celebrations” in Pravets start with the performance of the opera “Aida” – a co-production with the Ruse Opera. The spectacular performance of the emblematic Verdi title brings together Bulgarian and foreign artists from the world opera poster, over 200 are participants in the magnificent mega production. The conductor is Giovanni Di Stefano from Italy. A classical concert with selected symphonic works fascinates fans of instrumental music with the participation of the Sofia Philharmonic. The soloist is Victor Goldberg / piano / from the USA, and the conductor is Rosen Gergov. The ballet program offers a unique dance performance of the Ballet del Sud from Italy – “Mozart – the wonder of Europe”. The traditional gala concert on the square in Pravets “V. A. Mozart-Classics, Rock and Jazz ” offered an attractive program of overtures, arias, duets, choirs, musical fragments and jazz and rock variations on works by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner. The concert was attended by a constellation of opera voices, world-renowned musicians, jazz diva Yildiz Ibrahimova, the rock band “Kikimora” with Nikolo Kotsev, the orchestra and choir of the Ruse State Opera with conductor Ivan Angelov.

The program for children and adults presented at the open air the children’s opera “Bastien and Bastiena” by Mozart with a chamber orchestra conducted by Georgi Patrikov, a program of live performances, fun games, dances and quizzes hosted by Maria Sylvester.

2014

The jubilee Tenth edition of the festival was held from 13 to 17 August on three stages – a stage on the lake, Chitalishte “Zarya 1895” and the square in front of the Municipality of Pravets. The official opening took place on August 13 on the open stage in front of the Hotel Riu Pravets Resort with the staging of the State Opera-Ruse of the opera “Don Juan” by Mozart. The second evening offered fans of symphonic music an unforgettable meeting under the stars with the works of Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov and Richard Strauss with the special participation of opera prima Tsvetelina Vasileva and the elite Sofia Festival Orchestra. Conductor is Vladimir Kiradzhiev.

Two premieres were presented for the first time in the framework of “Mozart Celebrations” – the musical-theatrical performance “Mozart and Salieri” – together with the Ruse Opera and the ballet performance “AUS ITALIEN-SALOME-ROSENKAVALIER” to the music of Richard Strauss, presented from the Compagnia Nazionale del Balletto in Rome, Italy. The festival ends on August 17 with the traditional gala concert on Classics, Rock and Dance Square.

In 2014, Mozart Celebrations in partnership with the National Art Gallery, Sofia celebrated the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo’s death with a rich program illustrating the life and various known and unknown faces of the genius artist.

2015

The eleventh international music festival “Mozart Festival Pravets ” takes place from 13 to 16 August. The official opening of the stage on the lake in front of RIU Pravets Golf SPA&Resort is one of the most successful and impressive Bulgarian productions of the opera “The Magic Flute” by Mozart – a performance of the State Opera-Ruse with conductor Ivaylo Krinchev.

2016

Twelfth edition of the International Music Festival “Mozart Celebrations”. Within five festival days and evenings are presented opera, symphony, dance and jazz concerts and performances with the participation of established names from the world music scene, young opera talents from different countries, chamber classical and jazz formations, the BNR Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra and the ballet of the Ruse Opera, the orchestra and people of the Stara Zagora Opera.

2017

In each edition of the festival, the organizers invariably dedicate the events of the festival program to their patron Mozart, as well as remarkable anniversaries – in 2017 it is 450 years since the birth of Claudio Monteverdi and his contemporary Caravaggio, 220 years since the birth of composers Gaetano Donizetti and Franz Schubert and the poet Heinrich Heine. A special emphasis is the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Bulgaria’s accession to the European Union.

2018

The organizers of the XIV International Music Festival “Mozart Celebrations” dedicate this year’s edition to the great Bulgarian opera singer Christina Angelakova – longtime artistic director and unforgettable heart inspirer of “Mozart’s Holidays”. According to her idea, unique musical and stage productions, innovative genre-diverse productions are presented this year as well, showing the Bulgarian achievements of different types of art in an original symbiosis with classical music. The new opera hero – THE PUPPET is the choice of the organizers as a symbol-emblem of the fourteenth edition of the festival. 

The new opera hero – THE PUPPET is the choice of the organizers as a symbol-emblem of the fourteenth edition of the festival.

The main participant this year is the staff of the State Opera-Stara Zagora, accompanied by the State Puppet Theater-Stara Zagora and the Academic Circus “Balkanski”. The Lindau Puppet Opera, Germany, is visiting Bulgaria for the first time.

This year the Festival is dedicated to: 160 years since the birth of Giacomo Puccini, 200 years since the birth of Charles Gounod, 100 years since the birth of Leonard Bernstein and 120 years since the birth of of George Gershwin.

2019

The XV edition of “Mozart Festival Pravets” was held under the patronage of Mr. Boil Banov – Minister of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria and was dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the birth of the Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov. This edition of the festival showed absolutely all aspects of Mozart’s work – from opera to symphonic, chamber and solo music. It is this diversity that fully describes the absolute talent of the composer.

From this year the artistic director of “Mozart Festival Pravets” is Prof. Borislava Taneva.

The opening concert on the stage of the Chitalishte “Zarya -1895” was a homage to the fans of chamber music with the musicians from the “Mozart Trio” – Vienna. They performed works by Mozart, Shostakovich and Dvorak at a high level.

Thematic matinee with an emphasis on the future stars of the classical scene in Bulgaria and around the world opened the second day of the festival. The winners of the international competition for instrumentalists “Pancho Vladigerov” – 2019 pianist Maria-Desislava Stoycheva and violinist Nan Joo Lee (Korea) built their programs with works by Mozart, Vladigerov, Chopin and Hyubai.

The evening of August 24 was entrusted to the talented opera singer Mila Mihova and pianist Nikolay Stoykov. The performers opted for a diverse program, which included arias from operas by Mozart, Verdi, Rossini, Bellini and others. In front of the crowded Pravets Hall, they showed high artistic achievements in terms of interpretation and performance.

One of the most anticipated meetings was with 11-year-old pianist Ivaylo Vassilev. This happened on August 25. The child prodigy on the piano has won more than 20 awards at prestigious international competitions. Ivailo performed works by Bach, Mozart and Rachmaninoff in front of the audience. The young pianist’s first solo concert grew into a meeting with the audience and the children (his peers who were in the audience).

The traditional “Meeting with an autograph” this year was with maestro Naiden Todorov. The talented Bulgarian conductor and director of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra has worked with some of the biggest contemporary stars on the world stage. Among them are Angela Georgiou, Vadim Repin, Julian Rakhlin, Maxim Vengerov, Sarah Chang, Paul Badura-Skoda, Patricia Kopachinskaya. Gena Dimitrova, Raina Kabaivanska, Sonya Yonchea and others.

Naiden Todorov also conducts a Requiem by Mozart, dedicated to Christina Angelakova – inspirer and longtime artistic director of the festival. The work was performed on the open stage in front of the lake of “RIU Pravets Golf & SPA Resort” performed by the Sofia Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic Choir “Svetoslav Obretenov” and soloists Besa Lugichi – soprano, Violeta Radomirska – mezzo-soprano, Mihail Mihailov – tenor and Ivai .

Undoubtedly, the fifteenth edition of “Mozart Festival Pravets” has strengthened its leading position in the cultural calendar of the country by offering highly artistic performances and genre diversity.