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Tannhäuser : By Richard Wagner
BUDAPEST  •  Bartók Béla National Concert Hall  •  Ongoing

Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser

A music drama in three acts (German-language performance with projected subtitles in Hungarian)

Ádám Fischer, conductor

Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg, or Tannhäuser for short, is a Richard Wagner opera in three acts. The libretto was written by the composer himself based on the Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg, a collection of 13th century lyrical poems, and the 16th century Dannhauser songs. Its world premičre took place on 19 October 1845 at the Dresden Hoftheater, while the masterpiece was first performed in Hungary at the National Theatre in Pest on 11 March 1871. The three parts of the overture are almost didactic in their foreshadowing of the major conflicts of the opera, revolving around the struggle between pure Christian love and sinful, emotional passion. The overture begins with the exalted melody of the choir of pilgrims, and this motif returns to restore the peace after the sounds of the unbridled orgy at the grotto of Venus.


Gábor Bretz: Hermann
Stephen Gould: Tannhäuser
Lauri Vasar: Wolfram von Eschenbach
Tibor Szappanos: Walter von der Vogelweide
Tamás Szüle: Biterolf
István Horváth: Henrik
Krisztián Cser: Reinmar
Tünde Szabóki: Elisabeth
Julia Gertseva: Venus
MR Symphonics
MR Choir (acting choirmaster: Gábor Oláh)
Hungarian State Opera Choir (choirmaster: Máté Szabó Sipos)

Bartók Béla National Concert Hall Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Bartók Béla National Concert Hall
Komor Marcell u. 1.
1095 Budapest

Tel: (36) 1 555 30 01

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