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Performer: Judit Németh

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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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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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Garbage bins and shopping trolleys

Zsolt Haja (Father), Helga Nánási (Gretel), Gabriella Balga (Hänsel) and Atala Schöck (Mother) © Valter Berecz | Hungarian State Opera
A new production of Humperdinck's charming opera fails to enchant at the Erkel Theatre. 
***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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Drowned in the orchestral storm: Otello at the Hungarian State Opera

© Zsófia Pályi / Attila Nagy
Underwhelming performances, all too tempestuous conducting and an aesthetically pleasing but puzzling production fail to thrill.
**111
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