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Performer: Istvan Horvath

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BudapestHungarian National Choir

Hungarian National Choir
Gretchaninov, Gyöngyösi, Vass, Orban, Tormis, Orff
Csaba Somos; Zsolt Hamar; Kinga Kriszta; Istvan Horvath; Csaba Szegedi

CopenhagenAriadne auf NaxosNew production

Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Alexander Vedernikov; Katie Mitchell; Royal Danish Opera; Chloe Lamford; Sarah Blenkinsop; Ann Petersen; Daniel Johansson
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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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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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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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A striking Carmen in Bregenz

Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen) and Scott Hendricks (Escamillo) © Bregenzer Festspiele | Karl Forster
This summer’s production of Bizet’s Carmen on the Seebühne stage in Bregenz offers a great spectacle. 
****1
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Erkel's Hunyadi László in Budapest

With a convoluted production and uneven cast, Tamás Pál in the pit and Klára Kolonits as Erzsébet Szilágyi prove to be the highlights of the performance of this Erkel classic.
**111
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