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Festival: Budapest Wagner Days

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A thunderous end to the 2019 Budapest Ring

Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde) and dancer © Bálint Hirling, Müpa Budapest
A Ring cycle of sustained excellence closes with telling contributions from Foster, Vinke and Pesendorfer in the three lead roles.
*****
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Konieczny's Wanderer outstanding in Siegfried in Budapest

Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) © Gábor Kotschy, Müpa Budapest
Müpa's Ring sees all-round musical excellence for a third night in row, which will be remembered more than the various distracting miscues in the staging.
****1
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Reuter and Schöck turn up the heat in Die Walküre in Budapest

Johan Reuter (Wotan), Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde) © Szilvia Csibi, Müpa Budapest
Six excellent singers bring out the best in Wagner's dramatic narrative, marred only by a Ride of the Valkyries that fails to convince.
****1
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