In 1890 three Bulgarian musicians – Dragomir Kazakov, Ivan Slavkov and Angel Bukoreshtliev, set up the first opera company in Bulgaria as part of the Metropolitan Drama and Opera Company. The repertoire of 12 entire opera productions and extracts of 11 operas, with the participation of Bulgarians, Czechs and Italians with piano accompaniment, the orchestra of the 6th Infantry Regiment and the chorus of the Italian Choral Society met an unexpected success.
In May 1891 the Drama division was established as separate company under the name “Salza i smyah” (Tears and laughter), and the Opera division became the Metropolitan Bulgarian Opera. Due to financial difficulties and lack of support from the state, on the 1st of October 1892 with a decree, the dissolution of the company was announced. In the beginning of the 20th century the interest in the opera gradually increased again and the public opinion was ready for the creation of an opera company in Sofia.
On October 18th, 1908 the Bulgarian Opera Fellowship gave its first trial performance – extracts from “Faust” of Gounod and “Troubadour” of Verdi. The company “Opera Fellowship”: was registered officially under the names of Dragomir Kazakov, Konstantin Mihaylov – Stoyan, Ivan Vulpe, Dimitar Popivanov and Stoyan Nikolov. Other members of the company were: Zlatka Kurteva, Bogdana Gyuzeleva-Vulpe, Mara Vasileva, Olga Orlova, Doychinka Kolarova, Zhelyu Minchev, Panayot Dimitrov, the conductors Heinrich Wisner, Alois Matsak, Todor Hadzhiev, the chorus masters Dobri Hristov and Konstantin Ramadanov.
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