Accompanying himself on piano and guitar, Canadian-American musician Rufus Wainwright is considered one of the most talented contemporary songwriters in popular music. Acclaimed in both his own genre and as a composer for opera, he also possesses of one of the finest voices in pop. His first opera Prima Donna was presented this June in Pécs and Budapest in a production directed by Róbert Alföldi, and the work won the audience prize at the Armel Opera Festival. Wainwright is currently completing his second opera, the monumental Hadrian, which is due to première in 2018. He has found great success with his cover versions of songs such as Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, his Grammy Award-nominated Judy Garland tribute show and musical settings of Shakespeare's sonnets alike. His music appears on numerous film soundtrack albums (Moulin Rouge, Shrek, Zoolander, The Aviator, Bridget Jones, Brokeback Mountain, Boardwalk Empire, etc.), and he has also appeared in duet or as co-writer on albums by Robbie Williams. At this concert, besides key songs from the first two decades of his career so far, Wainwright will also perform a number of compositions from his new pop album planned for 2018.
Losers Cirque Company: Collapse
Collapse - it routinely returns, often without us noticing and realising its presence. It is a part of our lives, an everyday experience that ruins and crushes us. It also constructs, hardens and strengthens. Without breakdown, it is impossible to push one's limits, to leap forward; it is impossible to jump over one's shadow. The creators of this production are interested in what collapse does to an individual and an entire society. Would the society turn its back on a collapsing person? Would the society exploit such a state, or would it offer a helping hand? Partners: Letní Letná, Magistrátu hlavního města Praha, Ministerstvo kultury ČR, CIRQUEON, United Arts, Luftballon, We Hate Ironing, Signal Festival, AV Media. Thanks to Pavel Hejný.
Nikoletta Szőke: Merry Christmas, Baby!
Hungary got to know Nikoletta Szőke in 2005, when she won the singing competition held as part of the Montreux Jazz Festival. Her career has been arcing steadily upwards ever since, with her new album, Moonglow, appearing this autumn. Born into a family of musicians in Zalaegerszeg, the jazz singer has been - principally through her cimbalom-player father - surrounded by music all her life. Her talent quickly revealed itself, but she only developed an interest in jazz and singing after graduating from high school. A year after her victory at Montreux, she returned to the festival, this time as a performer, while racking up one triumph after the other back home too, including winning the Dezső Lakatos Ablakos Jazz Scholarship and the Junior Prima Award. Since 2012, she has been a teacher at the Snétberger Musical Talent Center. With her Christmas programme in the Müpa Tent, she will be escorting the audience through a true "Winter Wonderland”. Featured will be the most beloved holiday jazz classics, like Jingle Bells and Santa Claus is Coming to Town, as well as musical interludes from hit Christmas films like When Christmas Comes to Town, familiar from Polar Express, not to mention a few brand-new novelty pieces that she herself has written for the occasion.