Tony Cooper relishes Sofia Opera’s brand-new Ring which has been an all-round exercise in good artistic management coupled with cooperative staff teamwork

(…) But the shining star of this well-directed and splendid production of Götterdämmerung, Yordanka Derilova, delivered a brilliant account of Brünnhilde. A rich-sounding soprano, she commanded the stage at every conceivable turn especially in the opera’s famous and well-loved Immolation scene in which she pours her heart out over the evilness of Hagen’s killing of her Siegfried.
Therefore, while mourning the death of her hero and with angst and anger etched into a revengeful face, she bundles Hagen aside with one sweep of her arm and then in a dramatic gesture and swirl of emotive energy she fires up the shining waters of the Rhine in which to wash away the vestiges of the ring.(…)