Sofia National Opera
19 July 1959 

Holländer    Ivan Popov
Senta    Radka Konforti
Daland    Boris I. Christov
Erik    Liubomir Bodurov
Steuermann    Dimiter Tzolov
Mary    Jordanka Dimcheva

Atanas Margaritov, cond. 

Act I

16:55  Mit Gewitter und Sturm
22:40  Die Frist ist um

Act II

11:05  Johohoe!
37:30  Mögst du mein Kind


Wagner has not been a favorite with the Bulgarian opera houses. Other than two visits to Bulgaria in the late 30's by the Frankfurt State Opera for performances of the Ring cycle, the only operas presented to date have been Der Fliegende Holländer (first heard in 1930), Lohengrin (1934), Das Rheingold (1943) and Tannhäuser (1931). Most productions were with the Sofia National Opera with a few at Ruse, Stara Zagora and Varna. The performance heard here in monaural is sung in Bulgarian; Popov's Holländer and Konforti's Senta provide unique records of major artists. Note that the Daland in this performance is not the Boris Christov of international fame but a bass who spent his career in Sofia.