Sunday, September 7, 2014

Freedom Opera Gala

Part of the Andrássy út was closed yesterday. Obviously something was going to happened there. Loads of chairs and a stage was built in the front of the Opera House.

Not sure if it was rehearsal or just for fun for the passers-by. Very entertaining anyway!





Seems like everything is ready for the evening.


It was exactly 25 years ago since Hungary opened its borders and allowed tens of thousands of East Germans to escape. This event was remembered by the Freedom Opera Gala featuring Anja Kampe, Piotr Beczala, Ferrccio Furlanetto and internationally acclaimed Hungarian soprano, Andrea Rost. Beside the four special guest stars, young singers and conductors of several European nations appeared on stage to sing of freedom and famous ensembles. 

The programme:

1. Kodály: Dances of Galánta 
2. Beethoven: Fidelio - Leonore's aria (Anja KAMPE)
3. Beethoven: Fidelio - Choir of prisoners (Hungarian State Opera Choir)
4. Verdi: Un ballo in maschera - Riccardo's Aria, act III (Piotr BECZAŁA)
5. Tchaikovsky: Onegin - Gremin's Aria (Ferruccio FURLANETTO)
6. Verdi: Rigoletto - Quartet (Péter BALCZÓ, Alena KROPACKOVA, Tomasz KUMIĘGA, Zita SZEMERE; conducted by Patrick HAHN)
7. Erkel: Bánk bán - Melinda's Aria from act II (Andrea ROST)
8. Verdi: Don Carlo - Duet (Piotr BECZAŁA, Mihály KÁLMÁNDI)
9. Verdi: Don Carlo - Duet (Ferruccio FURLANETTO, Mihály KÁLMÁNDI)
10. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde - Liebestod / Eagling: Duet (Anja KAMPE, Lili FELMÉRY, Evgeny LAGUNOV)
11. Verdi: Nabucco - Choir of slaves (Hungarian State Opera Choir)
12. Verdi: Nabucco - Pray of Zacharias (Ferruccio FURLANETTO)
13. Lehár: Giuditta - "Freund, das Leben ist?" (Piotr BECZAŁA)
14. Lehár: Die lustige Witwe - Vilja song (Andrea ROST)
15. Verdi: Falstaff - Fugue (Péter BALCZÓ, Mojca BITENC, Géza GÁBOR, Tamás KÓBOR, Leon KOŠAVIĆ, Nikos KOTENIDIS, Zoltán MEGYESI, Gemma NÍ BHRIAIN, Violette POLCHI, Sara ROSSINI; conducted by Pierre DUMOUSSAUD)






The happening was supposed to start at 8pm. Light rain showers started at around 7pm and a couple of minutes after 8pm, it was announced that the whole gala will be moved inside the opera house... you can imagine the massive amount of people rushing inside! Couldn't handle it, so skipped the occasion. Anyway the atmosphere would have been totally different inside, I guess. Probably took at least another hour to organize everything ready again and don't think the light installation show took place at all.



There was supposed to be fireworks afterwards, as i was already fasten sleep didn't see nor hear anything. 

Osa Andrássy út:a oli eilen suljettu ja oopperan edustalle oli rakennettu esiintymislava ja aseteltu mieletön määrä tuoleja. Illalla klo 20 oli määrä alkaa Freedom Opera Gala. Oli kulunut 25 vuotta siitä, kun Unkari aukaisi rajat kymmenille tuhansille itäsaksalaisille. Gala järjestettiin tapahtuman muistoksi ja esiintyjälistalta löytyi mm. Unkarin ylpeys sopraano Andra Rost. 
Taivaalta alkoi ripotella pieniä kuuroja siinä seitsemän aikaan illalla ja muutaman minuutin yli klo 20, jolloin konsertin piti alkaa, ilmoitettiin, että se siirretäänkin oopperan sisätiloihin... Arvaahan sen, että siitä syntyi massiivinen kaaoksenomainen ryntäys. Päätin jättää väliin. Tunnelma sisällä tuskin oli sama kuin mitä se olisi ollut ulkona upeine valoinstallaatioineen. Toivotaan, että kaikki meni hyvin ja ilta oli onnistunut.
Galan lopuksi taivaalle lähetettyjä ilotulitusraketteja en nähnyt enkä kuullut, sillä olin siihenaikaan jo kotona syvässä unessa.
  




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