Bulgaria National Opera Conductor Set for US Debut
Bulgaria's National Opera conductor, Grigor Palikarov, is set to make his US debut this weekend in Cleveland in the Opera Circle production of Pietro Mascagni's "L'Amico Fritz".
Palikarov stated; "As a young conductor, I swore I would never do opera," the Bulgarian conductor said the other day. "That was a huge mistake. The next year, I had my debut in 'Rigoletto.' And so, I was a full-time opera conductor. Can you believe?" he stated to cleveland.com.
Palikarov, 37, is no stranger to "L'Amico Fritz." As an assistant conductor at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Sofia, he was handed one performance of the work in December 1998, the same month he led "Hansel and Gretel" and a concert starring the voluminous-voiced Bulgarian soprano Ghena Dimitrova.
Several years later, Palikarov became a full-time conductor at the National Opera. He also leads the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra and makes guest appearances abroad.
Before this month, Palikarov had stepped onto North American soil once: He took part in a festival of Bulgarian music in Toronto in 2001, when he got a glimpse of the United States from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.
His American debut in Cleveland was initiated by Hristo Popov, concertmaster of the Opera Circle Orchestra. Popov knew the company was looking for a conductor for "L'Amico Fritz," so he contacted a friend, cellist Kalin Ivanov, at the management firm Bulgarian Virtuosi Artists, which represents Palikarov.
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"No Bulgarian opera in NY."
There is no Bulgarian opera being performed or produced in US. The opera in the article is Italian by an Italian composer:
" Pietro Mascagni (December 7, 1863 вЂ“ August 2, 1945) was an Italian composer most noted for his operas. His 1890 masterpiece, Cavalleria rusticana, caused bla...blah...bla..." from Wikipedia
Just for your info: Cavaleria Rosticana (РЎРµР»СЃРєР° Р§РµСЃС‚) was performed in the Met a few years ago with the Bulgarian Opera singer Stefka Efstatieva in the leading role (soprano).
In the Novinite article they are announcing the US Debut of Bulgarian Opera Conductor who is going to conduct the orchestra in the production of another opera by Mascagni.
Here is the info:
L'amico Fritz by Pietro Mascagni
Friday, March 13, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.
Bohemian National Hall
4939 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44127
David Sadlier, Fritz Kobus
Dorota Sobieska, Suzel dorotasobieska.com
Scott Skiba, Rabbi David
Megan Elk, Beppe
James Dickason, Federico
Ray Liddle, Hanezo
Opera Circle Orchestra
Grigor Palikarov, international conductor
Just a suggestion:
The opera is by Pietro Mascagni and is called "L'Amico Fritz". It is not an Opera by the Bulgarian conductor--the impression I got from reading your post.
May be you can find some info from the home page of Cleveland's Opera Circle regarding this production under the Bulgarian Conductor Grigor Palikarov.