XIIIth INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL "MOZART’S CELEBRATIONS"
12 - 16 July - 2017

THE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL “MOZART’S CELEBRATIONS” will be held for the 13th time from 12 to 16 July 2017 in Pravets. For five festival days and nights there will be presented opera, operetta, symphonic, dance and chamber concerts and spectacles with the participation of renowned names from the world music stages, young opera talents from different countries, chamber classical and jazz formations, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra, Choir and Ballet of the Stara Zagora State Opera, the Orchestra and Choir of the Burgas Opera,  the Orchestra of the Varna State Opera and the Varna State Puppet Theater. The guests to the festival will follow the events on the stage by the lake in front of the Riu Pravets Resort hotel, in the ballroom “Pravets” of the hotel, in the hall of Community Center “Zarya 1895”, at the square before the Pravets Municipality, in the open – at the swimming pool of the hotel complex.

During each edition of the festival, the organizers invariably dedicate the events of the festival program to their patron W. A. Mozart and traditionally include significant anniversaries as well which the world community celebrates in 2017 – 450 years of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi and his contemporary Caravaggio, 220 of the birth of composers Gaetano Donizetti and Franz Schubert and poet Heirich Heine. The special emphasis is the 10th anniversary of Bulgaria’s membership in the European Union.

Attractive and impressive concerts, untraditional presentations of the classics – the hallmark of the festival, the best of the world of the opera and operetta, programs for children and adults, music, dance and poetry, and many more pleasant surprises and unexpected provocations for the numerous fans of the festivals are ahead during the Mozart Days in July in Pravets.

The International Music Festival “Mozart’s Celebrations” in Pravets will be officially opened on 12 July with an impressive symphonic concert on the stage by the lake in front of the Riu Pravets Resort hotel. The Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra with the virtuoso soloist, Austrian violin-player Wolfgang David, will perform works by W. A. Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Pancho Vladigerov, and, at the finale of the concert the audience will hear the majestic fourth movement of the Ninth Symphony by Beethoven with the participation of opera stars Tsvetelina Vasileva, Mariana Pencheva, Kamen Chanev, Ivaylo Dzhurov  and the National Philharmonic Choir “Svetoslav Obretenov” with choirmaster Slavil Dimitrov. The conductor’s stand will be taken by Nayden Todorov. The concert is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Bulgaria’s membership in the European Union.

The second festival day – 13 July – includes two special events: at 17.00 in the “Pravets” hall of the Riu Pravets Resort hotel will be presented a musical-theatrical spectacle dedicated to the 450 years of the birth of the founder of the opera art Claudio Monteverdi.

At 20.30 the opera-and-puppet-theater spectacle “Mozart in Love or Puppeteer Don Giovanni” will be performed for the first time on the stage by the lake in front of the Riu Pravets Resort hotel. It is a coproduction of IMF “Mozart’s Celebrations” Pravets, the Varna State Opera and the Varna State Puppet Theater. Director Boyan Ivanov. The spectacle was produced by special order of the festival.

On the third day, 14 July, at 17.00, the spectators will be able to get in touch with the beauty of the music and poetry of Romanticists Franz Schubert and Heinrich Heine. Once again music, theater and dance will share the space in the “Pravets” Hall, which will mark the 220th anniversary of the birth of the genius creators.

A sparkling concert of selected favorite arias, duets, choirs of the operetta classic and musical will fill with sound the space under the stars on the stage by the lake at 20.30. Renowned soloists, the Choir and Orchestra of the Burgas State Opera, conducted by Ivan Kozhuharov, will bring joy to the admirers of beautiful and popular music with their performances. Special guest to the festival is “the accordion princess” Ksenija Sidorova from Latvia.

On the fourth day – 15 July, at 11.00, the festival offers a program for children in the community center “Zarya 1895”. Guest-performer is Stara Zagora State Ballet with its dance spectacle for children and adults Cinderella. In the afternoon – at 17.00 in the “Pravets” Hall there will be presented “The Known and Unknown Donizetti”. 220 years of the birth of the genius composer will be marked by a concert with the participation of young talented opera performers – children of eminent musicians and world-recognized opera singers. At 20.30 on the stage by the lake for the first time the Ballet of Kosovo will step in with its fascinating productions Juliet without Romeo to the choreography of  Darrel Toulon and the attractive ethno-dance spectacle Wedding, choreography Mehmet Balkan.

The festival will be closed with a grand spectacle of the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet with the participation of world-famous soloists, the Orchestra, Choir and Ballet of the Stara Zagora State Opera. The luxurious production will be presented at the square before the Pravets Municipality.

An exhibition of pictures “Twelve years of Festival Life” by photographer Viktor Viktorov will give grace to the lobbies of the Riu Pravets Resort hotel during all the time of the festival days. The retrospective glance of the photographer will take us back to the beginning, leading the visitors through the years, to get to latest impressive editions, which have entirely changed the vision and scale of the IMF “Mozart’s Celebrations” in Pravets.