Christian Franz is one of the most sought-after Wagnerian singers of our time and the creator of a great number of title roles in large-scale productions. "What he knows about the emotional nuance of singing is equivalent to the vocal technique of great actors,” wrote one critic after his portrayal of Tristan at the 2010 Wagner in Budapest Opera Festival. He made his début singing the music of Wagner at Bayreuth, one of its citadels, in 2001. In 2009, he also won over the audience at New York's Metropolitan Opera.
Rúni Brattaberg, who impressed the Müpa Budapest audience in 2013 in Richard Strauss's opera Die schweigsame Frau, was born in true Wagner country: close to the original home of the Edda in the Faroe Islands, which constituted one of the sources for the libretto to the tetralogy. The splendid bass portrayed the role of Hagen at the Metropolitan Opera, where he later also appeared as Titurel in Parsifal. In addition, he has sung at La Monnaie opera house in Brussels, at the Lausanne Opera House, and at the Bastille Opera in Paris.
Péter Kálmán is one of Hungary's internationally renowned opera singers. He spent a number of years with the Zürich Opera's world-famous company, and appeared at both the Salzburg Easter Festival and the summer Salzburg Festival. He has worked with such renowned conductors as Valery Gergiev, Marc Minkowski, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Franz Welser-Möst. Recommended to join a recording cast by Cecilia Bartoli, he thus also partnered with Juan Diego Flórez and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo.
Iréne Theorin made her début as Brünnhilde in Copenhagen, and has performed the role for audiences in Cologne, London, Beijing, Berlin, Dresden, as well as the Wagner in Budapest Opera Festival. The Swedish soprano made her first appearance outside of Europe in 2009 in the Metropolitan Opera's productions of Die Walküre and Siegfried, and at the Washington National Opera. Heralded as the successor to Birgit Nilsson in the line of Swedish sopranos, she is today one of the most sought-after Wagnerian singers.
Polina Pasztircsák has appeared in two prestigious contests: the ARD International Music Competition and the Geneva International Music Competition. These days, she receives invitations thick and fast from all over the globe. She has appeared in the title role of the major Budapest première of Daphné, taken part in several productions at the Hungarian State Opera, and also been a recurring guest at the Wagner in Budapest Opera Festival. She has also sung both Norns and Rhinemaidens at the Grand Théâtre de Genève's production of the Ring.
More information about the Wagner in Budapest Opera Festival here.
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