Liszt: The Legend of St. Elizabeth

30th March, 2018
7.00 pm

Müpa Budapest — Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
Hungarian National Philharmonic, Hungarian National Choir (choirmaster: Csaba Somos), Zoltán Kodály Hungarian Choir School Children’s Choir (choirmaster: Borbála Sapszon, Ferenc Sapszon)
Zsolt Hamar

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Hungarian National Philharmonic 
Photographer: József Csapó Wágner

Liszt: The Legend of St. Elizabeth

The opening concert of the Budapest Spring Festival
  1. St. Elizabeth: Brigitta Kele
  2. Landgravin Sophie: Judit Kutasi
  3. Landgrave Hermann / Friedrich II: Albert Pesendorfer
  4. Landgrave Ludwig: Johannes Kammler
  5. Hungarian magnate / Steward: Zsolt Haja

From the autumn of 1861, Liszt spent more and more time in Rome, where his interest turned towards church music. In 1862 he completed his first oratorio, The Legend of St. Elizabeth. Liszt already took a strong interest in the life of the Hungarian princess and Bavarian duchess during his Weimar years, and even visited her former home, the castle of Wartburg, in the company of the Grand Duke of Weimar.

The Hungarian National Philharmonic will be conducted by their music director, Zsolt Hamar. The title role of the oratorio will be sung by Brigitta Kele, who made her debut at Cluj-Napoca’s Romanian National Opera, regularly performs in Düsseldorf, Paris, Avignon, and Strasbourg, and was featured in the last season in the New York Metropolitan’s production of La bohème.

Albert Pesendorfer is one of today’s most sought-after Wagner singers, who regularly performs King Marke, Hans Sachs, Hagen and Gurnemanz. Louis will be sung by the acclaimed Austrian baritone, Markus Werba. As an operatic, concert, and lied singer, he has already performed at Milan’s La Scala, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the Bavarian State Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Opéra National de Lyon, the Parisian Châtelet Theatre, and the New York Metropolitan Opera.

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