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Opera Pillow Concert


Sunday, October 12th, 2014
11:00 and 17:00
Union of the architects in Bulgaria
Sofia,11 Krakra Str.,



Opera Pillow Concert is the inaugural event of the Pillow Concerts’ fifth concert season. The exciting musical adventures are a must in our programmes but this time we are also adding imaginary trips throughout the musical cultures of the world. In October, we are visiting Italy where besides pizza and soccer a special place in people’s hearts is given to the opera. The programme will include famous opera arias and Italian canzonetti by Puccini, Donizetti, and the birthday boy this month – Giuseppe Verdi.

The magic of the operatic art will be presented by the soprano Doroteia Doroteeva and tenor Dimiter Zashev. Both have extensive experience on the world’s operatic stages which will help them guide us through masterpieces like La Traviata, Rigoletto, Sicilian Vespers, La bohème, and many others. Pianist Veneta Neynska is accompanying. As usual, the concert will be preceded by the free Pillow Workshop. After its final, our most curious admirers can learn more about the opera at the Pillow Musical Lesson.

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Photography: Minko Minev


Family Ticket – 30 leva

At the concert:
Parent – 20 leva
Child – 5 leva
Max price for a family – 35 leva


Dimitar Zashev, tenor
Doroteia Doroteeva, soprano
Veneta Neynska, piano


Dimitar Zashev, tenor
Dimitar Zashev was born in Sofia, he graduated from the National Music School and the National Music Academy in Sofia with major in opera singing.
As a student he participated in the stage productions of National Music Theatre starring as: Ottokar in Johann Strauss’ “The Gypsy Baron”, Tamino and Monostatos in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and Belmonte in the opera “The Pretend Garden-Girl”.
Dimitar has in its repertoire over 15 soloist tenor roles in operas by G. Rossini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, G. Donizetti, J. Verdi, G.Donitseti and many other.
He participated in international festivals such as “Pergine Spettacolo Aperto” – Pergine, Italy 2012 – with the opera “Rigoletto”; “March Music Days” Ruse, Bulgaria in 2012 and “43 Festival Sofia Music Weeks” Sofia -2012 in the role of Neron from the opera “Coronation of Poppea”. He also participated in master classes of Stefano Anselmi – Italy, Maurizio Torelli – Italy, Elena Angelova – Bulgaria, Daniele Agim – Italy. From 2011 to 2013 he is soloist in the Rousse Opera.


Doroteia Doroteeva, soprano
Doroteia Doroteeva was born in 1982. She graduated from the National Music School and the National Music Academy in Sofia with major opera singing in the class of Ivanka Ninova.
From 2004 to 2008 she specialized for four years in opera studio in Graz, Austria, where she performed the roles of Countess Almaviva in “The Marriage of Figaro”, Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni”, Arminda in “The Pretend Garden-Girl”, First Lady in “The Magic Flute” by Mozart. Along with the opera studio she was also in the class of Prof.Gerhard Zeller with the major “Song and Oratorio.”
Between 2009-2013 she won the scholarships from the “Boris Hristov” Foundation for specialization in the Santa Cecilia Academy and master classes with Renata Scotto, Anna Vandi and Mirela Paruto in Rome. She is a scholarship holder in Kabaivanska class in Modena and Sofia, as well as in the “Richard Wagner” organization in Trier, Germany.
On the stage of the Sofia Opera in the period from 2010 to 2013 she played the roles of Mimi in “La Boheme” by Puccini, Wellgunde in “The Rhine Gold” and took part in “Twilight of the Gods” by Richard Wagner. Dorothea Doroteeva is a laureate of numerous competitions.


Musical programme

Vincenzo De Chiara – La Spagnola
“Santa Lucia” – Napoli canzonetta
Ernesto De Curtis – Non ti scordar di me
Eduardo di Capua – “O Sole mio”
Gaetano Donizetti – Aria of Nemorino from the opera “The Elixir of Love”
Giacomo Puccini – Aria of Lauretta “O mio babbino caro” from the opera “Gianni Schicchi”
Giuseppe Verdi – Duke of Mantua’s aria “Questa o quella” from “Rigoletto”
Giacomo Puccini – Aria of Mimi “Si, mi chiamano Mimi” from the opera “La bohème”
Gioachino Rossini – Aria of Almaviva “Se il mio nome” from the opera “The Barber of Seville”
Giuseppe Verdi – Elena’s bolero “Merce dilette amiche” from the opera “The Sicilian Vespers”
Giuseppe Verdi – Duke of Mantua aria “La donna e mobile” from “Rigoletto”
Giuseppe Verdi – “Drinking Song” from “La Traviata”

Program, October 12, 2014

10:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
11:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here
12:00 Music Lessons – Free admission

16:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
17:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here
18:00 Music Lessons – Free admission


On Sunday, October 12th, one hour before each concert, there will be a Pillow Workshop where our little guests will be involved in arts and crafts together with the Creative team Onche Bonche. The admission for the Pillow workshop is free.


Immediately after each concert, there will be a Music lesson where the children and the parents can learn fun and new facts about the presented programme. The admission for the Music lesson is free.


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