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La vestale (The Vestal Virgin)

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Erkel Színház (Erkel Theatre)II. János Pál pápa tér 30., Budapest, Central Hungary, H-1087, Hungary
On Tuesday 3 April 2018 at 19:00
Spontini, Gaspare (1774-1851)La vestale (Concert performance)
Hungarian State Opera
Eugene KohnConductor
Francesco Pio GalassoTenorLicinius
Mihály KalmandyBaritoneCinna
Ferenc CserhalmiBassChief Priest
Szilvia RálikSopranoJulia
Erika GálMezzo-sopranoThe Great Vestal
Géza ZsigmondBassA consul

Concert performance in three acts, in French, with Hungarian and English surtitles.

For the first time on the programme of the Opera.

The Italian composer Gaspare Spontini launched his career in France in 1803 and had soon won the patronage of the country's leading luminaries, including Napoleon himself and Empress Josephine. He composed his first French grand opera, La vestale, for the Opéra de Paris, and although the directors initially loathed Spontini’s colourful orchestration, grandiose melodies and novel harmonies, the opera enjoyed a huge success at its 1807 Paris premiere and soon gained so much popularity that it eventually formed what is to this day considered one of French opera's most important links between the work of Gluck and Meyerbeer.

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