classical music, opera, theatre

Haydn: The Creation

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Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
  • New Year's Concert

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Consistency is a good thing: our lives are full of reassuring repetitions that provide us with an anchor and help us remain oriented. Müpa Budapest too offers some sure footing for our lives with its New Year's concerts held on the first of January each year. But how many people have noticed that Haydn's masterpiece The Creation, which so many of us listen to on New Year's Day under the inspired baton of Ádám Fischer, also serves as a motivation for making our New Year's resolutions? And yet it does: The Creation is full of possibilities, and all of them can make our lives better.

Anyone who listens to this oratorio that converts the Genesis story into musical notes on New Year's can bet on it: in the coming year, they will seize every opportunity to create things of goodness, beauty and value. The Creation also encourages us to notice the inexhaustible diversity the world contains. Not to mention to have trust and hope, and to be playful. Interpreting Haydn's large-scale composition from 1797/98 this time around will be one Hungarian soloist joined by two others from abroad. Versatile in terms of styles, German soprano Mojca Erdmann feels particularly at home in the world of Viennese Classicism. The tenor, Gyula Rab, continued his studies in the United Kingdom after graduating from Budapest's Liszt Academy and now successfully interprets works by a wide variety of composers, ranging from Purcell to Mozart, Bach and Kodály. The German-British lyric baritone Benjamin Appl is fond of singing the masterpieces of the song repertoire, and no wonder, since he had the honour of being Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's last student. He first dazzled the audience at Müpa Budapest a few years ago in the Rising Stars series, and most recently, we got to hear his ethereal take on Bach at the Liszt Academy as part of the Bartók Spring International Art Weeks. He is currently a member of Munich's Gärtnerplatz Theater. Ádám Fischer, the guiding spirit behind the Budapest Wagner Days festival, requires no introduction. The Hungarian Radio Choir concept owes its existence to the conductor, as does the orchestra, which in 2024 will paint the instrumental background behind the vocal parts in The Creation, as the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, was founded by Fischer in 1987.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • Ádám Fischer
  • soprano
    Mojca Erdmann
  • tenor
    Gyula Rab
  • baritone
    Benjamin Appl
  • Hungarian Radio Choir (choirmaster: Zoltán Pad)
  • Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra

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