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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Budapest

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BudapestOpening Concert of the 2nd Ilona Fehér International Violin Competition

Schnittke, Bartók, Mendelssohn
Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra; Shlomo Mintz; Barnabás Kelemen; Soma Dinyés; Katalin Kokas

Budapest"When evening has come"

Saint-Saëns, Popper, Mozart, Bach, Shostakovich
Lilla Horti; Natalia Lomeiko; József Balog; Danjulo Ishizaka

BudapestMaster and students

Budapest2nd Ilona Fehér International Violin Competition: semi-finals

to be announced
Contestants of the Ilona Fehér International Violin Competition, Violin
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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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Wagner highlights in Budapest

Szilvia Rálik © Attila Nagy
This concert, with a running time of about two hours, was a lovely dip in the Rhine without the usual four-to-five hour Wagnerian full immersion.
***11
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A powerful gale of sound in Budapest's Dutchman

Elisabet Strid (Senta) © Gábor Kotschy | Müpa Budapest
The battle of the choirs is a thrilling moment in just about any performance of Dutchman, but produces shock and awe in the live acoustics of Budapest's Bartok Bela Concert Hall.
****1
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