Rousse State Opera
The Rousse (or Ruse) State Opera is an opera company which was founded in 1949. It took over the Rousse Opera Society which had been created in 1914. The new company is one of the oldest state cultural institutions in Bulgaria. With a staff of schooled singers, a choir, the ballet, and the orchestra, there is maturity and the ability to perform a wide range of works.
The company's repertoire ranges from the classics (Mozart through Verdi and Puccini to Stravinsky and Shostakovich) and has included 195 different works for the stage, some of them having received their Bulgarian premieres at the Ruse.
Over the years numerous famous singers have sung on the Ruse opera stage: Elena Nikolai, Todor Mazarov, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Raina Kabaivanska, Nicola Giuselev, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Ghena Dimitrova, Stefka Evstatieva, Orlin Anastassov, Valerie Popova, Gloria Lind, Alexandrina Milcheva, Vladimir Atlantov, Stefan Dimitrov, Ivan Konsulov, Ava Cooper, Peter Glossop, Zinaida Pali, Silvia Shash, Kaludi Kaludov, Mariana Zvetkova, Nicolae Herlia and many others. Since 1956, the company has toured in Romania and Italy, Spain, Holland, France, Ukraine, Greece, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Cyprus and Rhodes islands. Rousse Opera Theatre has also recorded a number of performances for Bulgarian Radio and for separate CD compilations.
Operas not frequently performed and which are now part of the standard repertoire have included:
Choreographers, such as Asen Gavrilov, Asen Manolov, Peter Loukanov, Mercedes Pavelich, Kalina Bogoeva, Antal Fodor, Giancarlo Vantagio, Alain Bernard, Oleg Danovski, Kalina Bogoeva worked here.
The Opera and Philharmonic Society
The Rousse Opera and Philharmonic Society was established in 1999, joining the Rousse Opera Theatre and Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra. It presents opera and ballet as well as symphonic works.
The Opera and Philharmonic Society uses two halls: a Concert Hall, equipped with a recording studio, and an Opera House. Both halls have more than 600 seats each. The Opera and Philharmonic Society possesses the technical means for producing theatrical scenery.
General Music Director
The General Music Director of both the Opera House and the Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra, Nayden Todorov, studied with Karl Osterreicher and Uros Lajovic in Vienna. He conducted major orchestras across Europe and America, as well as in Israel. Maestro Todorov was a resident conductor of the Israel Northern Symphony in Haifa. In 1997 he organized the First festival "Thracia Summer".
Nayden Todorov has recorded over a hundred compact discs for Naxos Records, Balkanton, RENT Music, MMO, Danacord, IMI and Hungaroton and has also created several music productions for various radio and TV stations. In addition he is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.