From 2017 the OPERA OPEN festival mounted a strong array of shows at the Ancient Theatre, presenting premieres, co-productions, and hybrid-genre projects. Opera Open welcomed, on the stage of the Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv, leading soloists of the largest opera and ballet companies. Over the past years names such as Paata Burchuladze, Hui He, Ana Lucrecia Garcia, Elisabet Strid, Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi, Alberto Gazale, Christian Benedict, Lala Leigh, performers from the Vienna Volksoper and the Budapest Opera, prima ballet dancers from the Bolshoi Theatre and many others.

Shows at the Ancient Theatre are a magnet for wide audiences and suggest more intense experiences of the art created in this emblematic space, whose cultural layers go back centuries. The festival’s mission is to build a different world, one filled with emotion and spirituality, which will turn it into a critical part of the cultural maps of both Bulgaria and Europe.

Opera Open 2021

In 2021, the music festival established as one of the most recognizable European open-air music forums will once again offer the audience productions with original and innovative stagings and performances in the fields of music symphony, opera, and dance. The audience will have the opportunity to enjoy the premieres of Tosca with the international production team lead by the director Ursula Horner (Austria); Don Giovanni presented under the mastery of the director Michał Znaniecki (Poland) and the visual decisions of Rafal Olbinski (USA); and the beloved Orf’s Carmina Burana. The festival will present also ballet performances and jazz symphony projects with international soloists.


04.06, 05.06 and 09.09 - special premiere and opening of Opera Open 2021 CARMINA BURANA
9 pm, The Bunardzhika Hill

Conductor: Emil Tabakov; Conductor of choirs: Dragomir Yosifov; Choreographer: Boryana Sechanova; Soloists: Plamena Girginova, Ivo Yordanov, Alexander Baranov; Ballet, Orchestra, and Choir of Plovdiv Opera; Choir at the Children's Academy of Opera Plovdiv with conductor Yana Deliradeva

26.06. - Rossini's Barber of Seville. PREMIERE at the Ancient Theater, 9 pm
Conductor: Pavel Balev; Director: Nina Naidenova; Soloists: Vera Girginova, Svetlana Ivanova, Evgeniy Arabadzhiev, Alexander Nosikov, and others. Orchestra, Choir, and Ballet of Plovdiv Opera.

29.06 and 30.06 - THE POETS AND THE MUSIC - Ancient Theater, 9 pm
Conceptual design of Opera Plovdiv and POETS Live.
Director: Nina Naidenova. Soloists, ballet, and chamber ensembles of Plovdiv Opera.

13.07 - LA BAYADÈRE on Minkus. Ancient Theater, 9 pm
Conductor: Luciano Di Martino; Directed and directed by Vesa Tonova. Ballet and Orchestra of the Plovdiv Opera.

17.07 - TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini with PREMIERE at Ancient Theater, 9 p.m.
Conductor: Jacopo Sipari Di Pescaceroli (Italy). Director: Ursula Horner (Austria). Soloists, Orchestra, Choir and Ballet of Plovdiv Opera; Plovdiv Boys' Choir "Stefka Blagoeva" with conductor Milka Toledova.

20.07 - A NIGHT OF GERSHWIN - Ancient Theater, 9 pm Conductor: Konstantin Dobroikov.

24.07 - DON GIOVANNI by Mozart - PREMIERE - Ancient Theater, 9 pm Conductor: Dian Chobanov; Director: Michał Znaniecki (Poland); Soloists, Ballet Choir and Plovdiv Opera Orchestra.

30.08 - THE VOICE OF KAMEN - closing of OPERA OPEN 2021, Ancient Theater, 9:30 pm Conductor: Luciano Di Martino.

Tickets on sale at Opera Plovdiv and EVENTIM ticket offices, and online here 


'PREMIERE': 50% of the price in the central sector when buying tickets for the premiere in OPERA OPEN 2021 in June and July. Package price: BGN 80 instead of BGN 160.

'ENCORE': 50% of the price in the central sector when buying tickets for a performance of the"OPERA OPEN ENCORE” program. Package price: BGN 45 instead of BGN 90

'FAMILY AND FRIENDS': Discount of BGN 5 for each ticket for the price category of BGN 20 and BGN 30 for the purchase of four or more tickets for a single title.

Tickets at prices of BGN 15, 20, 30, and 40 on sale at Opera Plovdiv ticket offices and online from

OPERA OPEN Light programme

15.06 - NIGHT OF THE MUSICALS - Summer theatre on BUNARDZHIKA hill, 9 pm
Conductor: Konstantin Dobroikov. Soloists, Orchestra, and Ballet of Plovdiv Opera. /all tickets of 8 June are valid without revalidation/

07.07 - NIGHT OF THE PIAZOLA - Ancient Theater, 9 pm
Conductor: Konstantin Dobroikov. Ballet, Choir, and Orchestra of the Plovdiv Opera.

29.08 - COMPANY by Stephen Sondheim and George Firth - Ancient Theater, 8:30 pm
Co-production of the National Theater "Ivan Vazov" and the State Opera - Plovdiv. Set under contract with Music Theater International (Europe) Limited: Director: Mikhail Petrov; Conductor: Konstantin Dobroikov. Plovdiv Opera Orchestra and Ballet

OPERA OPEN Encore programme 

20.08 - DON GIOVANNI - by Mozart. 8:30 pm Conductor: Dian Chobanov. Soloists, Choir, Ballet, and Orchestra of the Plovdiv Opera.

24.08 - TOSCA by Puccini - 8:30pm Conductor: Luciano Di Martino; With the participation of Tanya Ivanova, Ivan Momirov, Kiril Manolov. Soloists, Choir and Orchestra of Plovdiv Opera.

27.08 - THE BARBER OF SEVILLE by Rossini - 8:30 pm. Conductor: Pavel Balev. With the participation of Alexander Baranov, Svetlana Ivanova, Svilen Nikolov. Soloists, Choir, Ballet, and Orchestra of Opera Plovdiv.

Program OPERA OPEN Online - Eventim streaming

  • 04.06 - 'Carmina Burana'
  • 26.06 - The Barber of Seville
  • 17.07 - Tosca
  • 24.07 - Don Giovanni

A project realized by the State Opera Plovdiv, part of the Legacy programme of Plovdiv 2019.

The performance is part of the OPERA OPEN 2021 project of the Legacy programme of Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019.

OPERA OPEN 2021: June - August 2021



General partners

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