During our 2018 Mayfest we wanted to show where Richard Wagner, the total artist of the Gesamtkunstwerk, came from and how his legacy branched out into different forms: this is how we organised the season – and the Mayfest – of performances and concerts that surround The Ring. However, the time of the festival will find the Hungarian State Opera in a complicated situation. The building on Andrássy Avenue is still closed while the Erkel Theatre must be reserved for hosting the ninth series of the OperaAdventure programme. Therefore, the performances of the RingFest will also await audiences at special venues such as the Kiscelli Museum or the Ódry Stage between 10 and 21 May, 2018.

CELEBRATION OF JOY - performance based on Johann Sebastian Bach's secular cantatas

In German, with Hungarian surtitles

Performance based on Johann Sebastian Bach’s secular cantatas

Balázs Szálinger

Siegfried Idyll, or the End of a Friendship

Play with music, in one part, in Hungarian

World premiere

Paul Hindemith


Operas in German, with Hungarian surtitles

The Long Christmas Dinner; The Overture to Der fliegende Holländer; Back and Forth; Sancta Susanna

Hugo Wolf

Der Corregidor

Concert performance in two parts, in four acts, in German, with Hungarian and English surtitles

Hungarian premiere

Franz Schubert; Albert Lortzing

The Four-Year Post; The Opera Rehearsal

Operas in Hungarian, with Hungarian surtitles