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Performer: Balázs Kocsár

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BudapestThe Hungarian State Opera Orchestra in concert (Ybl206)

The Hungarian State Opera Orchestra in concert (Ybl206)
Mahler, Dohnányi
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Balázs Kocsár; Hungarian State Opera

BudapestParsifalNew production

Parsifal
Wagner: Parsifal
Balázs Kocsár; András Almási-Toth; Hungarian State Opera; Sebastian Hannak; Izsák Lili; Dóra Barta

BudapestTannhäuser (Concert performance)

Tannhäuser (Concert performance)
Wagner: Tannhäuser
Balázs Kocsár; Hungarian State Opera; Peter Seiffert; Tünde Szabóki; Michele Kalmandy; Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
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Idiomatic Bluebeard's Castle from the Hungarians in New York

András Palerdi (Bluebeard) and Ildikó Komlósi (Judith) © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
Powerful and evocative imagery, both literal and implied, lingered on beyond the drop of the curtain.
****1
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A worthy rarity: Erkel’s Bánk bán has its belated American première

Levente Molnár (Bánk bán) and István Rácz (Tiborc) © Attila Nagy
The music, a combination of Italian-sounding melodies, German instrumentation and Hugarian dotted rhythms, was remarkably captivating.
****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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Boom or bust: the Hungarian State Opera's new Bánk Bán

The big heart and generous melodies of Ferenc Erkel's fine opera shine through in difficult circumstances in Atilla Vidnyánszky semi-abstract new staging at the Erkel Theatre.
****1
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Lack of emotional connection in Pique Dame

This double cast, nine-day revival of Vadim Milkov's staging of Pique Dame offers a relatively straight reading of Tchaikovsky's opera about the obsessive Pushkin-based character Herman. Embracing the opera's choral and dance passages, spectacle and pageantry are paramount; the drama's surreal and more nuanced dimensions could have been better profiled.
**111
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