Center for the Arts Welcomes Orchestra Verdi Europa This Weekend

Posted: October 31, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A unique ensemble comprising top international performers, Orchestra Verdi Europa represents a collaborative relationship between some of the premiere opera houses in Central Europe, historically nurturing grounds for eminent singers and distinguished conductors of international renown. The Center for the Arts welcomes this impressive roster of choirs, soloists, and many of the most respected musicians in Europe for an afternoon of majestic Mozart, including the revered Requiem in D Minor, on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Concert Hall.

Having undertaken major concerts through Europe, including many of the world’s most prestigious opera stages, Orchestra Verdi Europa is making its Washington, D.C., area debut performance. A preperformance discussion is held 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

Principal Conductor Nayden Todorov, born in Bulgaria, received his first piano lessons at the age of 5, and at the age of 16 he led his first concert as a conductor. Todorov was principal conductor of the Sofia Festival Orchestra from 1997 to 999 and resident conductor of the Israel Northern Symphony Orchestra of Haifa during the 1998-99 season.

Soloists for the performance include award-winning soprano Anna Veleva, who has sung roles in La Boheme (Musetta), Rigoletto (Gilda), Tales of Hoffman (Olimpia), and La Sonnambula (Amina). Mezzo-soprano Petya Dimitrova has performed with Opera Verdi Europa in Rigoletto (Maddalena), Il Trovatore (Azucena), Carmen (Carmen), and the Mozart Requiem.

Tickets are $48, $40, and $24. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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