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Performer: Eszter Sümegi

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The Queen of Sheba a rare Hungarian delight in New York

Erika Gál (The Queen of Sheba) © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
The Hungarian State Opera's first New York tour featured an opera of forbidden love set in the Biblical Times by Karl Goldmark, and was a rare treat for the New York audience.
***11
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Un ballo glitters but doesn’t ignite in Budapest

Eszter Sümegi (Amelia), Attila Fekete (Gustavo) and Alexandru Agache (Renato) © Valter Berecz
The acting was patchy and the singing ranged from serviceable to laudable in this dazzling new production at the Budapest Spring Festival.
***11
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Hungarian forces at their finest

With Gergely Kesselyák on double duty as conductor and director, this revival proves musically outstanding but theatrically less than satisfying.
***11
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Hungarian State Opera's slow-motion The Queen of Sheba

The score of Goldmark's opera is filled with lovely orchestral surprises, in addition to stunning arias, but is often filled with an abundance of slow tempos.
***11
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Musical performances stand out in Budapest Siegfried

The third installment of Géza M. Tóth's staging of the Ring, this Siegfried is visually striking, but it's only a strong cast, and above all Egils Silins' Wanderer, that makes it worth attending.
***11
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Unsatisfying staging salvaged by a strong cast in new Budapest Walküre

Solid singing proves to be the main attraction of an ineffective new staging of Die Walküre at the Hungarian State Opera.
**111
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