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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Budapest

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BudapestCavalleria rusticana / Messa di Gloria

Cavalleria rusticana / Messa di Gloria
Mascagni, Puccini
Marco Comin; Hungarian State Opera; Ildikó Komlósi; Zsófia Kálnay; Éva Balatoni

BudapestSt Matthew Passion

St Matthew Passion
Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Hungarian State Opera Chorus; Gábor Csiki; Dávid Szigetvári; István Kovács

BudapestProkofiev: Cinderella

Prokofiev: Cinderella
Prokofiev: Cinderella
Enrico Cecchetti; Lev Ivanov; Marius Petipa; Alexei Ratmansky; Mariinsky Ballet; Valery Gergiev; Elena Markovskaya; Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra

BudapestTchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and Prague Philharmonic Choir

Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and Prague Philharmonic Choir
Brahms, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich
Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra; Jan Latham-Koenig; Polina Pasztircsák; Anatolij Fokanov; Prague Philharmonic Choir
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Handel's Joshua at the Liszt Academy, Budapest

David Szigetvári © Veronika Éder
Lead by Pál Németh, the Savaria Baroque Orchestra and the Kodály Choir Debrecen are the stars of this performance of Handel's oratorio.
***11
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Handelian dream team: Jaroussky and Baráth delight in Budapest

Philippe Jaroussky and Emőke Baráth © Attila Nagy, Müpa Budapest
Philippe Jaroussky and Emőke Baráth's team-up with the Ensemble Artaserse proved nothing short of wonderful.
****1
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Tannhäuser's long and tortuous journey of the spirit

Sophie Koch (Venus) and Stephen Gould (Tannhäuser) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
Stephen Gould is less than convincing in the lead role of Tannhäuser, but excellent ensemble work under Ádám Fischer's inspired direction offers compensations.
****1
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The ultimate love story: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in Budapest

Allison Oakes (Isolde) and Peter Seiffert (Tristan) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
As part of the annual Wagner festival in the Hungarian capital, Peter Seiffert and Allison Oakes star as the doomed lovers.
****1
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