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Wagner in Budapest Festival in its 10th year

18.06.2016


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Having the outstanding Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer as its founding music director, Budapest Wagner Festival is happy to celebrate its tenth year in 2016! Being held between 16th and 26th of June of this year, the festival has just opened with Das Rheingold, the prologue to Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen which was performed as half-concertante at Müpa’s Béla Bartók National Concert Hall on 16th June, Thursday evening.

Becoming an essential component of Budapest’s concert life in the last ten years, Wagner Festival grew into one of the most important festivals in its field, due to Hungary’s worldwide known conductor Adam Fischer’s vision and skills in conducting Wagner, among other composers. The festival receives great interest from Hungarian music lovers, and has also become one of the main attraction points of Wagner fans from all over the world.

After Das Rheingold performance, a cocktail party was organized for the guests to celebrate the opening night of the tenth festival, in one of Müpa’s elegant halls. Müpa’s CEO Czaba Kael commenced the opening cocktail party, of which I was invited as the representative of Andante magazine, with a brief speech. Andante readers are familiar with Czaba Kael since I had shared his opinions with our readers before, in my article about the world premiere of French baroque composer Mondonville’s opera, Isbe. After Kael's speech, Adam Fischer took the microphone and shared his enthusiasm for the tenth year of the festival with the guests. Fischer is one of those musicians who doesn’t like to talk in front of a crowd. As his speech was coming to an end, his words of “I have a dream” made the guests smile. Fischer ended Martin Luther King’s famous words that became a motto as: “I hope we will see our ten-year-old festival reaching its twentieth year!”

Opened with Das Rheingold, which was performed as half-concertante in the evening of 16th of June, Budapest Wagner Festival will continue with the operas Die Walküre on June 17th, Siegfried on June 18th, and Die Götterdammerung on June 19th again in half-concertante performances. The festival’s second Wagner opera of this year is Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, which will be performed on both 24th and 26th of June. The prologue and the remainig three operas of the Ring cycle will be performed for four days consecutively, which seems unusual in our day but upon its composer Richard Wagner’s original request. And that means putting too much stress on orchestra musicians and singers. Therefore, we see a rich variety especially in the singers’ aspect. And that’s why, Wagner in Budapest Festival is known as the parade area of the most famous Wagner singers of the world.

I will share my festival and production notes after the performances.
 
Serhan Bali, Budapest


Some of the seats at the front were removed to create space for the orchestra pit.


Conductor Adam Fischer and Müpa CEO Czaba Kael making their speeches after the opening performance.



The singers who took role in the previous festivals took their parts in a photo shoot for the tenth year celebration.


Photos: © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest

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