classical music, opera, theatre

Song recital by Bo Skovhus

one interval
Festival Theatre
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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The world-famous Danish baritone Bo Skovhus probably secured his place in the hearts of the Müpa Budapest audience forever when, in a 2013 production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, he was forced to take the stage while suffering from a painful knee problem, yet still managed to incorporate his resulting compromised ability to walk into his unforgettable portrayal. Now we can get to know another side of this artist who has long been an integral element of the Budapest Wagner Days series: as a performer of art songs, presenting a compilation of lieder by Wagner, Schönberg, Richard Strauss and Mahler.

The evening's programme features, in addition to Wagner's famous Wesendonck Lieder, works by composers who were greatly influenced by Wagner's music dramas, and whose harmonic worlds and formal structures, without Wagner, would probably have taken a different direction. Mahler, Strauss and, in his younger years, Schönberg all enriched the symphonic literature with grandiose works, but at the same time they also demonstrated the expressive power inherent in a genre as intimate as the art song.
Extremely versatile as an opera singer and extraordinarily talented as an actor, Skovhus not only makes for a wonderful Don Giovanni, Wozzeck, Onegin or Count Almaviva in Figaro, he is also at home in the art song literature, singing Schubert, Schumann, Hugo Wolf and others with great success. Partnering with him will be the Austrian pianist Stefan Vladar. A leading soloist and chamber musician on the international scene in addition to a highly esteemed conductor, he last visited the Müpa Budapest audience in September 2020, when he conducted a concert by Ödön Rácz and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra. Their joint recital of lieder promises to be a memorable experience.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest


  • piano
    Stefan Vladar

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