V4 Operetta Gala
Citizens of the Austro-Hungarian Empire created - in part after the empire ceased to exist - classical works of the golden and silver ages of operetta. The programme for this gala concert features a selection of these hits, many of which remain popular to this day. Andrea Rost began her career in the late 1980s, when she received a scholarship from the Hungarian State Opera. The Hungarian soprano rapidly conquered the opera houses of the world - from the Vienna Staatsoper to La Scala in Milan, and from the New York Metropolitan Opera to Japan. Her repertoire extends from legendary Mozart works to Rigoletto's Gilda, and now even includes the title roles of Madama Butterfly and Tosca. Katarzyna Kuncio was a student of Walter Berry in Vienna and won an international competition in Osaka as an inspired interpreter of Schubert Lieder in 1997. The Polish mezzo-soprano has been a member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein company since 2004 and is a genuine master of trouser roles, such as Cherubino, Octavian and the opera fairy tale character of Hansel. Richard Samek made his debut in Brno in 2006. His tenor voice is not only celebrated by Czech and Slovak opera audiences, but is also recognised by those of Germany and France. The young Czech tenor frequently features in operetta performances from the Mörbisch Lakeside Festival to Dresden. Austrian baritone Clemens Unterreiner has been a member of the Vienna State Opera since 2005. His operatic repertoire ranges all the way to contemporary composers and includes lyrical, German, Italian and French helden roles. He also performs in oratorios and song recitals, and often takes the stage in operettas. The program is organised on behalf of the Public Foundation for Research on Central and Eastern European History and Society within the framework of the Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Group 2017/2018.
'My baby is a black woman'
Josephine Baker, the world-famous singer, dancer, actress - in other words, performance artist - first came to Budapest exactly 90 years ago, in 1928. In this concert, Nicole Rochelle and the Gramophonia Hot Jazz Orchestra, led by Tamás Bényei, will honour her memory. Josephine Baker was discovered as a street dancer, and came to New York from Saint Louis as a dancer in a vaudeville troupe, and appearing in clubs there she moved to Paris, which as a 19-year-old she chose as her new home, in 1925. While she became a celebrated star in France, her appearances in America continued to be unsuccessful. She received severe criticism, and was often the victim of racist attacks. During World War Two she supported the French Resistance and was also at the forefront of the African-American civil rights movement. Nicole Rochelle could be described as a 21st century Josephine Baker: like her great predecessor, she excels in nearly every branch of the performing arts, and she also chose France as her own second home. The Hot Jazz Band, the only jazz group to win the Kossuth Prize, have been working to bring recognition and appreciation for the popular music of the 1920s, 30s and 40s for more than 30 years with unparalleled success, earning a wide range of national and international recognition. The band's leader, Tamás Bényei, formed the Gramophonia Hot Jazz Orchestra big band in 2014 with the aim of revitalising the big band sound of the era. Together with Nicole Rochelle, the band are sure to create an unforgettably joyous atmosphere for this concert.
Recirquel Company Budapest: The Naked Clown
The Clown's life is coming to an end. He is about to enter the unknown, but before the 'final curtain call' he needs to leave his collar behind, taking the last steps only with the nakedness of his soul. In this production, the disguise is removed both literally and figuratively, as the performers invite the audience on an unusual inner journey into imaginary realms, where the layers covering and protecting reality disappear. Our fellow travelers and guides in this spectacular production, accompanied and expanded with live music and dancers, are the acrobat artistes of the Recirquel contemporary circus company. The show traverses the borders of circus arts, dance, theatre and music. The company invited five dancers and four trampoline artists to take part in the year-long creation of The Naked Clown. The music compositions of the show were recorded with a symphony orchestra, bringing the European music of the 19th and 20th centuries to life with all the flair of the circus. In Hungarian with English subtitles. The première was an event of the Budapest Spring Festival.