classical music, opera, theatre

Lalo: Le roi d'Ys

Concert format opera performance in three acts, with one intermission

one interval
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

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For this opera production by the Hungarian National Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir have the chance to perform in unison along with superb vocal soloists arriving from every corner of the world. The operatic works are sure to provide the audience with refreshment in terms of genre and, of course, the choir and orchestra will put their ability to the test in new situations that require a significant degree of musical adaptability. The series will also be an opportunity to discover previously unknown treasures. One genuine rarity that is well worth discovering is Édouard Lalo's masterpiece, Le roi d'Ys.

The French Romantic, who hailed from a family of Spanish origin, is best known outside his homeland for his Symphonie espagnole. For French audiences, however, Le roi d'Ys is typically considered his greatest work. The three-act opera, which he completed in 1875, is adapted from a Breton legend. The mythical tale, which features a blend of the motifs of love and war, intrigue and self-sacrifice, is reminiscent of Wagner. The music's harmonies and melodies and the heat of passion are also not entirely free of the influence of Lalo's great German contemporary, while the stylistic hallmarks also bear traces of inspiration from Gounod, and other analysts see it as a predecessor of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande. The production, realised in collaboration with Palazzetto Bru Zane, features a parade of soloists including Judith van Wanroij, Jennifer Holloway, Cyrille Dubois, Jérôme Boutillier, Nicolas Courjal and Christian Helmer - primarily French artists, though there are also Dutch and American singers, too. One of György Vashegyi's goals is to lead the Hungarian National Philharmonic in introducing Hungarian audiences to previously lesser known French Romantic operas, and this performance is a fine example of that ambition.

The Hungarian premiere is a co-production by Palazetto Bru Zane and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra.

Presented by: Hungarian National Philharmonic
  • György Vashegyi
  • Rozenn
    Judith van Wanroij
  • Margared
    Kate Aldrich
  • Mylio
    Cyrille Dubois
  • Karnak
    Jérôme Boutillier
  • The King of Ys
    Nicolas Courjal
  • Saint Corentin / Jahel
    Christian Helmer
  • Hungarian National Choir (choirmaster: Csaba Somos)
  • Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra

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Refreshments – Without the Queue

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