program for November 2023

November 02, 2023 /Thursday/  

18.30 hours      Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”


Conductor: Deyan Pavlov



                                                Soloists: Masters from the vocal faculty of the NMA “Prof. P. Vladigerov” – Sofia                                                        

    Program: Opera arias and duets from operas


Deyan Pavlov 

For contacts: cell phone +359 887 88 01 65; e-mail:
Place and date of birth: 29.05.1961, Sofia, Bulgaria

Education: Secondary Music School – Sofia (theory, trumpet, singing) – 1980; Musical Academy – Sofia (choral-oratorical and opera-symphony conducting) – 1988. His teachers were professors: Georgi Robev, Vassil Kazandjiev, Ivan Vulpe and Boris Hintchev. For the time of his studies he was awarded with Special Conducting Scholarship and Golden Badge.

Qualifications: International Master Conducting Classes of professor Karl Osterriher (1986, 1988), professor Heinz Roegner (1989, 1990) and professor Ilia Mussin (1991).

Positions: Conductor at the State Philharmonic and Opera House-town of Rousse; Head conductor at the Symphony Orchestra and Musical Theatre-town of Pazardjik; Conductor at Plovdiv State Philharmonic and Plovdiv Opera House. Musical Director of International Music Festival “Winter Music Days; Head conductor at the Youth Philharmonic “Sofia”. Currently Head Conductor of Pleven State Philharmony.

Activities: Deyan Pavlov has concerted in Germany, England, Greece, France, Italy and Canada. In 1992 he has given performances with “Opera Lyric de Europe” in France and Portugal with “La Traviata”, “Madama Butterfly” and “Tosca”. Since 1995 he is annually invited for Christmas and New Years Eve concerts in whole Spain. He has given performances of “Rigoletto”, “Il Trovatore”and “Carmina Burana” in Madrid, Barcelona, La Coruna, Pamplona. He was assistant conductor in National Opera House for the premiers of “Die Entfurung aus dem Sarai” by Mozart and “Candide” by L. Bernstein. He has more than 750 concerts and performances during his 28 years of professional carrier.

Participation in Festivals: “Varna Summer”, “Youth Symphony Orchestras” (Greece), “March Music Days”, “Winter Music Evenings”, “Youth Conductors” (Romania), “New Year’s Festival” (Madrid), “Spring Festival” (Barcelona), “New Bulgarian Music”, “Sofia Music Weeks”, “Verdi Festival”, “Opera Festival” (Germany), “Summer Open Aria Opera” (Switzerland).

Records: He has recorded for Bulgarian, Romanian and Spanish Radio and TV. He is regularly recording movie and contemporary music for French and Italian Producers Houses; he has recorded music for more than 300 movies. His movie music recordings were awarded with “Cesar”, “Oscar”, “Golden Palm” and “Golden Lion”.

Repertoire: Most of famous Opera, Operetta, Oratorical, Symphony works, many contemporary and Bulgarian pieces.

Teaching experience: 2001-2011 he was teacher conductor in National Music School – Sofia. Regularly he leads Master Conductors Classes and Didactic Concerts with young foreigner conductors and singers; Since 2007 he is teacher at National Music Academy and New Bulgarian University, Sofia.
He is Phd in Vocal Department and Associated Professor.Since 2014 he is Professor of  “Opera – Symphony  Conducting”and  “Interpretation for Opera Singing” in National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” – Sofia  -Bulgaria.

“Brilliant sound of the orchestra, marvelous conducting and personality from Mastro Pavlov, big pleasure.” – “Musica Viva” –  Sofia.


November 16, 2023 /Thursday/  

18.30 hours      Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”


Conductor:  Filipe Cunha

                                                Soloist:  Antonia de Pasquale                                            


W. A. ​​Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro Overture

L. van Beethoven – Piano Concerto № 1, C major, op.15

L. van Beethoven – Symphony No. 1 in C major, op.21


Filipe Cunha

 Resident in Braga, he completed a music course at the “Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian” in Braga (Clarinet and Flute). He completed the Superior Conducting course at the European Conducting Academy and studied Classical Orchestra Conducting in Lisbon for 3 years with the French maestro Jean-Sébastien Béreau. He has directed numerous Orchestras, Music Bands and other groups in Portugal and abroad and is frequently invited to international projects, competition juries, masterclasses, among others. He is currently conductor of: Braga Philharmonic Orchestra; Braga Youth Philharmonic – Braga Youth Wind Orchestra; Group “Opera per Tutti” (Braga). During his musical career, he performed concerts in: Portugal (Mainland and Islands), Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Holland, Canada, USA, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, China and Cuba. In 2020 he was in the final of the “World Music Competition” (Vienna) in the Orchestral Conducting category and was also invited to be Honorary Conductor of the Korean Orchestra (K-Classics), thus joining the group of 16 conductors chosen for this Orchestra worldwide. In 2021 he was invited and joins the Giuseppe Verdi Musical Society (Mexico) as an international conductor. For 2024 he has invitations to Brazil, Argentina, USA, Cuba, Italy and Spain, also giving directing masterclasses in Spain, USA and Cuba.

Antonia de Pasquale

Antonia graduated at the age of 18 with honors from the “Nino Rota” Conservatory of Monopoli under the guidance of Roberto De Leonardis and achieved the second level academic biennium with Stefania Santangelo with honors and special mention at the same Conservatory. She is currently studying at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland in Lugano, attending the Master of Advanced Studies with Maestro Roberto Plano. She attends the Advanced Piano courses at the Pinerolo Music Academy with Maestro Mariangela Vacatello. Masters such as Filippo Gamba, Pierluigi Camicia, Roberto Prosseda, Pavel Gililov, Oscar Martin, Ralf Nattkemper contributed to her training. She won the First Prize and Absolute First Prize in over 30 international Piano Competitions, in 2023 she won the Enotria Piano Concerto Competition. In 2021 she was a finalist in the XVth Edition of the “Premio Nazionale delle Arti”. She has been selected and invited by the jury of the “VCMA International Classical Music Autumn 2022 Competition”, she performed at the Wiener Konzerthaus and won the Second Prize. Winner of the Grand First Prize at the 2nd Golden Piano Talent Competition, she gave a recital and played at the Golden Grand Ceremony Concert in Shtip, North Macedonia. In May 2023 she participated in the Festival dedicated to Rachmaninov of the Academy of Music by Pinerolo. In 2022 she was the overall winner of the “International Music Competition C.I.R.C.E. Salina 2022”, Winner of the Jury Prize and the Public Prize. She won the overall First Prize at the Italo-American Music Contest, the Grand Prix at the Glory International Piano Competition New York, the Gold Prize and special “Fantastic Technique” Prize at the London Young Musician 2022 and the overall First Prize at the First International Piano Competition “Villa Scacciapensieri ”of Siena, the Absolute First Prize at “Val Tidone Young Talent Competition” in Castel San Giovanni (PC).Antonia has performed several concerts as a soloist with the orchestra.


November 30, 2023 /Thursday/  

18.30 hours      Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov”


Conductor:  Tulio Gagliardo 





An opera in two acts by Paolino Vassalo

Concert performance /premiere for Bulgaria/

Soloists: Laura Montoro, Michel Angelo Muscat, Louis Andrew Cassar, Claire Chigo and Kenneth Sciclunaouis Andrew Cassar, Claire Chigo and Kenneth Scicluna


Tulio Gagliardo 

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1965. He is the son of renowned singers Vilma Varas and Tulio Gagliardo. He studied at the National Conservatory and the University of Cuyo. After an intense musical activity in his native country he traveled to Spain where he lives 20 years. Since 1990 he has directed at major theaters in Spain as Campoamor of Oviedo, Arriaga of Bilbao, Colón de A Coruña, Santander Festival Palace, Cervantes de Málaga, Jovellanos, Guimerá of Tenerife, Gran Canaria Pérez Galdós, Principal Zaragoza and Alicante, Gayarre of Pamplona, Calderón de Valladolid, Buero Vallejo de Guadalajara, Carlos III in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid’s National Auditorium, Alcazar, de la Villa, Madrid Theatre, Calderon and La Latina, in the City Madrid, etc. He was invited by the most important festivals in Spain and France where he recently directed the operas Carmen, Tosca, Aida, Barber of Seville, Nabucco, and Rigoletto in Paris, Grenoble, Lyon, Biarritz, Nimes, Carcassonne, etc. He has directed over 20 operas and 40 operettas, over 2200 performances, many of them issued by TVE, making it one of the greatest directors repertoire. Among the orchestras he has directed include the Opera Orchestra of Toronto (Canada), Arturo Toscanini, Parma (Italy), Orchestra of Kiev (Ukraine), Prime Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), Opera, Sofia (Bulgaria) Symphony Veneta (Italy), G. Symphony Orchestra Rossini, Pesaro (Italy), Presidential Orchestra, Ankara (Turkey), Orkestra Senfoni Bilkent, Ankara (Turkey), Opera Orchestra of Ankara (Turkey), Orchestra of Bursa (Turkey), Opera Orchestra of Izmir (Turkey ), Chamber Orchestra of Yasar University, Izmir (Turkey), the Philharmonic of Eskisehir (Turkey), Symphony of the University of Izmir (Turkey), the Symphony Orchestra of Prague (Czech Republic), Prague Philharmonic (Czech Republic), Philharmonic of Sibiu (Romania ), European Symphony Mediterranea (Spain), Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (Esapaña), Symphony City of Oviedo (Spain), Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (Spain), Manchester City Symphony (Spain), Lyrics of Madrid (Spain) Philharmonic Teatro Calderón de Madrid (Spain), Classic of La Laguna Tenerife (Spain). On January 31, 2003, he began his collaboration with the great Argentinian tenor Jose Cura to directing seven concerts: two in the Teatro Verdi in Busseto, Italy, Regensburg and Munich in Germany, Budapest in Hungary, and twice in Prague.
In 2004 he directed with great success the opera Aida at the international festival of Carcassonne with the tenor Lando Bartolini. n 2005 he directed Aida at the Arena of Nimes with Ignacio Encinas and Olga Romanko. Overproduction of Carmen in Las Ventas in Madrid with Denis Graves and Mario Malagnini. Madame Butterfly in Guadalajara. In March 2006 he played the Concerto No. 21 for piano and orchestra by Mozart K 467 in Sibiu, Romania and France Biarritz. In 2006 he was hired as Musical Director in Devlet Opera is balesio in Izmir, Turkey, becoming in April 2007 Musical Director General. Since then, the theater has won numerous awards, even to be recognized as the best opera house in Turkey. Under the musical direction, the theater has managed to cross the borders of Turkey, achieved an international reputation that allowed him to be invited in 2009 and 2010 in Spain. The Turkish press has praised the work of Tulio Gagliardo, considering that the orchestra has reached an unprecedented level. In 2007 she directed in Lima, Peru, the zarzuela season and the end of 2007, directs the year-end concert at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto (Canada). The Foundation Garcilaso de la Vega, discovers the existence of a manuscript of the teacher Ruperto Chapi, opera: The Death of Garcilaso. Is sent immediately to the teacher Tulio Gagliardo for analysis. Giving his approval, he begins to work on an ambitious project that will be released in 2008. The work is thoroughly revised, rebuilt and reorquestada by Tulio Gagliardo, due to their primitive state. Even has joined an aria for tenor with Garcilaso’s poem and music teacher Gagliardo, previously performed at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, and aired on TVE. The result of hard work is rewarded with the world premiere of this work, conducted in Izmir and later in Toledo, also issued by TVE. From 2008 to 2010 its activities are centered mainly in Turkey, where he directed numerous operas, but also the public French, Spanish and Italian, have seen him in recent productions like Amica (Mascagni), La Traviata, Carmen, Rigoletto, La Muerte de Garcilaso , and some Zarzuelas. In 2010 he settled in Izmir (Turkey). In early 2010 and to mark the 40 anniversary of the National Radio Choir of Turkey, was invited to record a CD to be aired on national television in that country. In August 2010 he addressed La del Soto del Parral in Bilbao, Spain. In September 2010 Carmina Burana in Jovellanos.
In October 2010 Tosca at the Ankara State Opera and a concert with the Orchestra in Ankara Bilkent Senfoni. In November 2010 he traveled to France to direct Rigoletto in Douai, Chennevieres sur Marne, Niort, Romans sur Isere, Frejus, Aix les Baines, and Sète. Otello in December 2010 in Izmir (Turkey) and Carmen in Samsun (Turkey). In January 2011, Carmina Burana and Otello in Izmir. In February 2011 La boheme in Izmir. In March 2011 world premiere of the ballet Kosem Sultan Izmir.
In April 2011 Kosem Sultan and Otello in Izmir. Currently Tulio Gagilardo Varas is Chief conductor at Izmir State Opera and Ballet.