MAYFEST AT THE OPERA HOUSE
15 May – 01 June 2016, Budapest Opera House
World-famous musician perform at the Budapest Opera House during the Mayfest at the Opera music festival.
The decision to build the Opera House was made in 1873. Following a public tender, the jury selected the design submitted by famed architect Miklós Ybl (1814-1891). Construction began in 1875 and, despite minor delays, was completed nine years later. The opening night – to which Emperor and King Franz Joseph was also invited – was held on 27 September 1884. The gala performance, conducted by Ferenc Erkel and his son Sándor, featured the first act of Bánk Bán, the overture from Hunyadi László and the first act from Lohengrin. Miklós Ybl’s neo-renaissance palace has remained virtually unchanged in the 130 years since and continues to attract admirers of opera and ballet alike. Each year, thousands of tourists visit the building to take in one of Budapest’s most impressive 19th century national monuments.
WAGNER IN BUDAPEST OPERA FESTIVAL
11-24 June 2016, Budapest Palace of Arts
The ten editions of the Wagner in Budapest Festival to date can rightly lay claim to a monumental feat: the staging of all of Wagner’s classic operas in unique adaptations tailored to the unique properties of the Müpa concert hall. The series returns in 2016 with the now world-famous production of the Ring of the Nibelung tetralogy, as well as the hugely successful Meistersinger von Nürnberg. The outstanding Wagnerians regularly returning to Budapest will once again include Judit Németh, Tünde Szabóki, Iréne Theorin, Annette Dasch, Christian Franz, Gerhard Siegel and Walter Fink. The celebrated festival’s artistic director is Kossuth Prize-winning conductor Ádám Fischer.