This production, which brings the presentation of the composer's complete operatic works at the annual Wagner in Budapest festival closer to completion, will be conducted by Sebastian Weigle, who began his career as principal horn player with the Berlin State Opera, only turning to conducting in the 1990s. He appeared at Bayreuth in five successive years, was music director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona from 2004 to 2009, and has filled the same position at the Frankfurt Opera since 2008. It was there that he conducted an exciting new production of Rienzi, which premièred exactly 175 years ago and was Wagner's first successful opera.
Set in 14th century Rome, the work cannot be regarded as one of its composer's mature works, one noted contemporary even sarcastically observing that "Rienzi is Meyerbeer's best opera”. Nevertheless, this work rich in large-scale tableaux and enjoyable passages already bears the hallmarks of later Wagner masterpieces, serving as an important step for the composer on the way to Tannhäuser. Although - despite Wagner's own reservations - the opera remained successful and was frequently performed throughout the 19th century, it has sadly only rarely been staged in the 20th century and beyond.
More information about the Wagner in Budapest Opera Festival here.
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