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Sofia Opera & Ballet 2023 Review: Siegfried


(Photo: Sofia Opera & Ballet) After a very successful performance of “Die Walküre,” expectations were running high for Sofia Opera & Ballet’s production of “Siegfried,” the third opera in the company’s latest Ring Cycle. Unfortunately, however, it fell short of the standards set by the two preceding operas, “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre,” and was dwarfed by the excellent presentation {…}

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Sofia Opera & Ballet 2023 Review: Die Walküre


Photo: Sofia Opera & Ballet Having successfully established its aesthetic and dramatic foundations during its production of “Das Rheingold” on the previous evening, Sofia Opera continued with its new presentation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle for what turned out to be a musically and theatrically strong performance of “Die Walküre.” Kartaloff’s Visually Stunning Direction The director, Plamen Kartaloff, along with his {…}

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Sofia Opera & Ballet 2023 Review: Das Rheingold


(Photo: Sofia Opera & Ballet) Bulgaria’s Sofia Opera has just premiered its new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle, its second in the last 13 years. Perhaps even more remarkable, however, is the fact that in a country with a population of less than seven million people, the cycle was cast almost entirely using home-grown talent, with only two singers coming {…}