Budapest Spring Festival to offer variety of programmes
On April 12, Israeli-born pianist Shai Wosner will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor with the Hungarian National Philharmonic in the Palace of Arts. The artist became acquainted with Hungarian classical music at a young age with Hungarian-born composer Andre Hajdu being one of his mentors.
In the second part the orchestra will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff's one-act opera Aleko under the baton of Zoltan Kocsis with Russian bass Dmitri Ulyanov in the title role.
Pushkin's parody of ghost stories turned into the opera The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky will be presented in the Hungarian State Opera with acclaimed Russian tenor Vladimir Galouzine in the title role on April 14 and 16.
The Liszt Academy of Music will present on April 13 a rare production that combines Bach's Brandenburg concertos performed by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra with musical "commentaries" written by the contemporary composers Uri Caine and Steve Mackey.
On April 17, the Staatskapelle Weimar will perform the Christus oratorio Franz Liszt composed in the German city. The conductor is Martin Haselboeck.
In the category of dance, young Chinese dancer-choreographer's dance drama The Moon Opera will be presented in the Palace of Arts on April 18 and 19. The piece combines Chinese traditions with contemporary endeavours.
In the Erkel Theatre Space Fantasy, a one-act dance composition performed by the Hungarian National Ballet, will have its premiere on April 21.
Hungary's largest cultural festival will offer some 135 programs at more than 30 venues, including various public places, squares, parks and streets