Georgi Toshev and the team of Shortcut Productions are working on a documentary film about the opera singer Svetla Vassileva. The Bulgarian, born in Dobrich, is one of the most renowned opera singers nowadays. During the past 20 years, the diva has conquered the audience at Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, Covent Garden in London and many, many others and has won international fame. Her repertoire includes the most memorable female lead characters, she has been singing alongside Andrea Boccelli and Placido Domingo, has been performing under the conduction of such names as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Franco Zeffirelli, etc.
Svetla Vassileva performed in Bulgaria for the first time last November in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture. She was invited to take part in the concert of the violin player Vasko Vassilev, with whom they are close friends. Even though both artists are fully booked for several years ahead, the Concertmaster of the Royal Opera House in London and the soprano managed to come back to Sofia in July and record together an album with classic Italian songs, accompanied by the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Radio. The occasion was the 80th anniversary of the National Radio.
During the season 2013/2014, Vassileva is touring around Europe and the US together with Andrea Boccelli. The latter has a concert in Sofia for the second time in August 31st. An interview with the Italian singer will be included in the film, as well as interviews with the great tenor Placido Domingo and his wife – Marta Domingo, who are among the close friends of the opera diva.
The TV team manages to shoot one of the most memorable moments in Vassileva’s carreer – the last performance of “Madama Butterfly” by her favorite composer Giacomo Puccini in the Opera Bastille in Paris – a production of the visual artist Bob Wilson. Her incarnation as the lead heroine – Cho-Cho-San is highly appreciated by the critics. The Bulgarian TV crew is allowed to film backstage of the National Opera and in the dressing room of the lead singer, right before going out on stage of the prestigious opera house in the French capital.
The interview with the talented opera singer is set in the suite of Sergei Diaghilev in the 5-star hotel “Scribe” right next to the Opera Garnier in Paris. The russian ballet impresario used to live there during the famous “Russian season” in the French National Opera.
The premiere of the documentary is expected for 2015.