After the long summer break, the new opera season opens with “Carmen” this Friday. Bizet’s classic love triangle with its tragic ending remains one of the most accessible and dramatic operas, with the beautiful yet harsh gypsy girl Carmen and her careless love. She casts aside the loyal soldier Don José for the exciting toreador Escamillo with devastating consequences and predictability; Carmen draws fortune cards that foretell her own death.
Also opening this month is the premiere of Bernstein’s “West Side Story”, the classic musical portraying the conflict between immigrants and natives that still resonates with contemporary relevance across the world. Director Péter Novák will premiere this production on the opera stage in Hungary, blending operatic voices with elements of dance.
“Mad Dance! – yet there is method in it” performed by the Hungarian National Ballet consists of one-act dance pieces created by world-famous choreographers, including a new premiere “Walking Mad” which is an innovative work portraying madness. This production by Swedish director Johan Inger premieres on September 19.
There is also the return of the ballet “Swan Lake” in October that premiered in April this year and sold out virtually as soon as it hit box office. And “The Queen of Sheba” after its immensely successful pre-premiere at Margit Sziget Open Air Theatre in July will return in this the 100th anniversary of the composer Goldmark’s death.
Verdi’s “Otello” that first premiered in Milano La Scala in 1887 and which is part of the Hungarian State Opera’s Shakespeare Festival is one of the opening operas in the Opera House. The Moor Otello is forever the black foreigner never fully accepted in Venice despite his achievements. His false friends exploit his raging jealousy and vulnerability. Other Shakespeare works such as “Lear” and “Macbeth” will feature later in the spring opera season.
Puccini’s magnificent trio of “Tosca”, “Madama Butterfly” and “La Boheme” are to be performed in the autumn, as is “Gianni Schicchi” and “Turandot” in January.
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