If concert-goers haven't seen the event's title, then they should still be able to guess that having a Slovak coloratura soprano, a Hungarian alto, a Czech tenor and a Polish bass all at one concert, together with a Slovak conductor and a Hungarian orchestra, can hardly mean anything other than a musical counterpart to the cooperation of the four countries of the Visegrad Group.The most brilliant star of the evening is Edita Gruberova, "the queen of coloraturas”, whose marvellous voice, immaculate technique and expressive performance style have won her decades of unflagging devotion from the audiences in Hungary and elsewhere. The "Slovak nightingale” will be taking the stage four times over the course of the concert, offering quite a variety of styles, with a representative aria from each of four operas: Smetana's The Kiss, Mozart's Idomeneo, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Bellini's La Sonnambula. At this concert, the audience will also get to welcome an old friend in Atala Schöck, an outstanding member of Hungary's vocal elite, while we will be making a new acquaintance in the Slovak tenor Tomaš Juhást and the Polish bass Krzysztof Bączyk, who the Müpa Budapest audience will be encountering for the first time.
The compilers of the programme have also taken care to ensure that the "spirit of Visegrad” would be buttressed not just by the countries of origin of the participants, but by the works being played as well. Alongside the great classics by Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Rachmaninoff, Mascagni and Puccini, the concert will feature works by composers from the four nations, with Erkel and Kodály representing Hungary and Smetana and Dvořák the Czechs, joined by the Polish Stanisław Moniuszko and Slovakia's Alexander Moyzes. The work by the latter composer (who lived from 1906 to 1984), Dances from Pohronie, is a genuine novelty from music history: in all likelihood the Hungarian audience will be hearing it for the first time. Conducting its fourth movement will be Peter Valentovič, Gruberova's regular collaborator, whom she holds in great esteem.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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Refreshments – Without the Queue
Thanks to our new catering service at the Átrium Snack Bar, you can forget about waiting in line during intermissions for some refreshments and get your order prepped especially for you by the time the intermission actually starts. Find out more about pre-ordering here.