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The Bucharest National Opera joins the most important musical celebration this year, namely the 200 bicentennial birth celebration of composers Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi (1813), two of the greatest opera composers of all time. Opera lovers can watch and listen to some of their works including “Aida”, “La Traviata”, “A Masked Ball “, “Nabucco”, “Rigoletto” and “Macbeth” (Giuseppe Verdi), and “The Flying Dutchman” and “Lohengrin” (Richard Wagner).Celebrations will kick off with “Aida”, January 24, starring guest stars mezzosoprano Andreana Nikolova (Amneris) and tenor Kamen Chanev (Radames).Mezzosoprano Andreana Nikolova graduated from the Ruse Arts College in 1997 and the same year she attended the mastership course taught by Pavel Gerdjikov and Norman Schetler. In 2002, she earned an MD in vocal music from the Academy of Music Sofia. She sang in many opera houses in her native Bulgaria, as well as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the US, and got many major national and international prizes. She performed on the Bucharest Opera stage in “The Marriage of Figaro”, “Carmen” and “Il Trovatore” <The Troubadour>.Bulgarian-born tenor Kamen Chanev graduated from the “Pancho Vladigerov” Academy of Music Sofia and attended specialized training classes in Rome under the guidance of Boris Hristoff, Alexandrina Milcheva and Gheena Dimitrova. A laureate of the “Jussi Bjorling” Contest in Sweden, Chanev was invited at Wiener Staatsoper to play Des Grieux and Pinkerton in “Manon Lescaut” and “Madama Butterfly” respectively. He also played Calaf in “Turandot” at Arena di Verona, Italy, and during his career he has been invited to perform on some of the world’ greatest stages, in the US, Spain, South Korea, Italy, the Czech Republic and The Netherlands, In Bucharest, he will perform in “Aida” and “Il Trovatore” by Giuseppe Verdi, as well as in “Tosca”, “Manon Lescaut” and “Turandot”.