Sofia Opera shines on German stage –

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The marvellous production of The Ring of the Nibelung will be played in four nights in Fuessen in September

Sofia Opera and Ballet’s triumph continues. From 12 to 17 September the theatre will show its marvellous staging of The Ring of the Nibelung in Fuessen, Germany. “

There is a great buzz about Sofia Opera and Ballet’s visit with The Ring of the Nibelung, with a lot of viewers – members of various Wagner Societies from around Germany, expected to see the show,” said the mayor of Fuessen, Paul Iacob. He was in Sofia together with Stefan Weigert, the director of Fuessen’s opera house Festspielhaus, to attend the premiere of another of Richard Wagner’s masterpieces – Tristan and Isolde on 26 February. Both guests were impressed with the performance of the Bulgarian opera singers. They discussed the scheduled visit of Sofia Opera in Fuessen with the mayor of Sofia Ms Yordanka Fandakova and Minister for Culture Vezhdi Rashidov.

The idea for Sofia Opera’s trip to Fuessen came from the troupe’s director and producer of the show, maestro Plamen Kartaloff. He discovered Fuessen and its Festspielhaus on his way to Bayreuth. Fuessen is a Bavarian city, located some 5km from the Austrian border. The town is known for its violinmaking industry. This is also the home of the Neuschwanstein Castle (or New Swan Stone Castle) of King Ludwig II, who was Richard Wagner’s patron.

According to maestro Kartaloff, it is the perfect place to show the tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelung, which has never been performed there.

Sofia Opera and Ballet’s version will be played in four nights – The Rhine Gold on 12 September, The Valkyrie on 13 September, Siegfried on 15 September and Twilight of the Gods on 17 September.

The shows will pave the way for other joint projects of the two cities as well as attracting tourists, providing a boost for cultural tourism. They will also be in support of Bulgaria’s upcoming presidency of the European Council in 2018.

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