Bellini: La sonnambula
This work is a celebrated part of the bel canto opera repertoire, composed toward the end of Bellini's short life and career, immediately preceding Norma, which he completed in the same year. The 20th-century rediscovery of this piece that had enjoyed success in the 19th century started with Luchino Visconti's 1955 production at La Scala, with Maria Callas in the leading role. The work emerged from the general widespread fashion of the time of creating works for the stage dealing with sleepwalking, and specifically a ballet by Ferdinand Hérold that was premièred in Paris in 1827; the libretto was written by Eugène Scribe, the versatile 'wild card' of the opera world. This served as the inspiration for Bellini's work. The composer wrote the music to a libretto by Felice Romani, itself based on Scribe's version. The star of Müpa Budapest's production is the Czech coloratura soprano Zuzana Marková, who has enjoyed many triumphs with the Italian repertoire, and with bel canto operas in particular. Known for her portrayals of Lucia and Violetta, she has also been celebrated in the roles of Manon and Donna Anna. The music director for the production, Riccardo Frizza, is a genuine opera conductor and a specialist in the Italian repertoire who is a recurring guest at Milan's La Scale, Venice's La Fenice, the Opéra National de Paris and New York's Metropolitan Opera. The performance is a co-production presented by Müpa Budapest, the Pannon Philharmonic and Zsolnay Örökségkezelő Nonprofit Kft.
Krisztián Oláh Quartet & Rick Margitza: At The Back Of My Mind
For Oláh, a winner of the Junior Prima Award, this will not be a first visit to the stage of the Festival Theatre, as the 2016 Jazz Showcase also featured him alongside collaborators Áron Tálas and Mátyás Gayer, all three of them fresh from reaching the finals in the international piano competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival the previous year. In 2018, Oláh became the first Hungarian musician to be invited to the Thelonious Monk Institute's international jazz competition in the United States, where he competed against 14 of the world's finest jazz pianists. The material in At The Back Of My Mind grew out of his experiences from the period of preparing for and participating in the event. Breaking through to the surface in compositions whose mature sound belies his youth and via the expressive means of jazz are all the musical inspirations that allude to the legacy of European classical music from the past centuries. Thanks to the the wonderful improvisational skills of his companions, Kálmán Oláh, György Orbán and Dániel Serei, the audience can look forward to plenty of extemporisation. The extraordinarily versatile tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza has now and then found an occasion to perform together with Hungarian musicians over the past few decades as he became sought after all over the world for his work as a soloist - apart from Davis, he has also worked with McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and Maria Schneider.
Recirquel Company Budapest: Non Solus
If once there existed a state of primordial unity, then all souls originated from the same source. Ever since, in their human incarnations on earth, fragmented souls have been in search of others so that once again they might be made whole. Non Solus is the story of two humans finding one another, and exploring the innermost depths of their imaginations. It is a perfect union in an imaginary space spun from illusions created by two seemingly very different, yet closely related, disciplines: dance and circus. The contrast is extended through the synchronicity between the performers and their physical setting. Humanity's journey from birth to death is depicted in the context of an apparently living, breathing, organic stage set. This symbiosis between living and non-living materials, between the artists and their setting, propels the story forward to its inevitable conclusion. Classical compositions by Bach and Rachmaninov are alternated with electronic and contemporary organ music to create an innovative aural space that reinforces the dramatic shifts unfolding on the visual plane. The performance is recommended for those aged 12 and over. The première was an event of the CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival.