Mefistofele

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In timeless eternity, cherubim praise the Lord of The Heavens. 

The Spirit of Negation incited rebellion in heaven and was doomed to fail. 

Mefistofele criticises the Creator contemptuously and his pampered creation, the self-conceited speck of dust, who regards his own bumptious illusion as reason, and calls himself a human. His unquenchable quest for knowledge, behold, makes Faust miserable and desirous; no science can restrain his feverish dreams, and now he wishes to become superhuman. Mefistofele offers to make a wager with the Lord, in which Faust's soul is at stake. The Forces of Good accept the challenge. Mefistofele listens nauseously to the golden-locked angels' sugary humming and leaves heaven with disgust. 

The resounding hymn of the Heavenly Hosts permeates the world.  

 

Opera in three parts, in Italian with Hungarian and English surtitles.

Program and cast

Conductor: Antonello Allemandi
Mefistofele: Erwin Schrott
Faust: Attila Fekete
Margherita / Elena: Gabriella Létay Kiss
Wagner / Nereo: Gergely Boncsér
Marta / Pantalis: Anna Csenge Fürjes

 

Hungarian State Opera

The Opera House is not only one of the most significant art relic of Budapest, but the symbol of the Hungarian operatic tradition of more than three hundred years as well. The long-awaited moment in Hungarian opera life arrived on September 27, 1884, when, in the presence of Franz Joseph I. the Opera House was opened amid great pomp and ceremony. The event, however, erupted into a small scandal - the curious crowd broke into the entrance hall and overran the security guards in order to catch a glimpse of the splendid Palace on Sugar út. Designed by Mikós Ybl, a major figure of 19th century Hungarian architecture, the construction lived up to the highest expectations. Ornamentation included paintings and sculptures by leading figures of Hungarian art of the time: Károly Lotz, Bertalan Székely, Mór Than and Alajos Stróbl. The great bronze chandelier from Mainz and the stage machinery moda by the Asphaleia company of Vienna were both considered as cutting-edge technology at that time.

 

Many important artists were guests here including Gustav Mahler, the composer who was director in Budapest from 1887 to 1891. He founded the international prestige of the institution, performing Wagner operas as well as Magcagni’ Cavalleria Rusticana. The Hungarian State Opera has always maintained high professional standards, inviting international stars like Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Monserrat Caballé, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, José Cura, Thomas Hampson and Juan Diego Flórez to perform on its stage. The Hungarian cast include outstanding and renowed artists like Éva Marton, Ilona Tokody, Andrea Rost, Dénes Gulyás, Attila Fekete and Gábor Bretz.

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