classical music, opera, theatre

Staatskapelle Weimar

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Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
  • Liszt Fest

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130 years after the death of a composer, rarely are such works discovered that substantially alter our view of the oeuvre. Ferenc Liszt was a unique composer in this regard as well: the surviving first act of the opera he based on Byron's tragedy was first performed in Weimar in 2018.
The manuscript of the composition was found at Weimar's Goethe and Schiller Archive, and David Trippett, a musicologist at the University of Cambridge, thinks the music of Sardanapalo is breath-taking. It reflects the influence of Bellini, Meyerbeer and Wagner, and it combines an Italian lyricism with Liszt's unmistakably original harmonic vocabulary. Trippett reconstructed the piece from the manuscript, and also wrote an orchestration for it, and this is the version that will be performed in Budapest.
In the first half of their concert, Staatskapelle Weimar will perform one of Liszt's most important compositions for large orchestra, the Dante Symphony. Standing on the podium will be a luminary of international opera, Kirill Karabits, the principal conductor of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

The performance will be preceded from 6.00 pm by an introductory presentation in Hungarian by musicologist Gergely Fazekas entitled Prologue in the Auditorium, where concert ticket holders will be invited to get to know the performing musicians and the works to be performed more closely. Admission to the programme is subject to prior registration on our website.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest


  • Kirill Karabits
  • Sardanapalo, King of Assyria
    Airam Hernández
  • Mirra, an Ionian slavegirl
    Joyce El-Khoury
  • Beleso, a priest
    Oleksandr Pushniak
  • Staatskapelle Weimar
  • Women's Choir of the Hungarian National Choir (choirmaster: Csaba Somos)

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