Estonian Tour - Gala



The closing event of the Saaremaa Opera Festival being held between 19 and 28 July 2018 will be a centenary gala concert featuring the artists of the Hungarian State Opera. This gala will be one of the highlight events of the programme series celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Estonian state, at which Ferenc Erkel's  Meghalt a cselszövő (“The intriguer is dead”) from Hunyadi László and “Hazám, hazám” (“My homeland, my homeland”) from Bánk bán will be heard together with the melodies of Evald Aav, honoured as the father of Estonian national opera, for the first time on a single night. In addition to these classics from the Hungarian and Estonian opera literatures, the concert programme will also include audience favourites from Verdi.


First part

Erkel: Hunyadi László – Overture
Erkel: Hunyadi László – “La Grange” aria – Orsolya Hajnalka Rőser
Erkel: Hunyadi László – Palotás dance – Hungarian National Ballet
Erkel: Bánk bán – “My homeland, my homeland” – Gergely Boncsér
Erkel: Hunyadi László – “The intriguer is dead” – Tibor Szappanos and the Hungarian State Opera Chorus
Aav: Vikerlased – Juta's aria – Adrienn Miksch
Aav: Vikerlased – Olavi aria – Zoltán Kelemen
Aav: Vikerlased – Juta and Ülo's duet – Song Qian, Yu Haolei
Kodály: Háry János – Intermezzo – Tamás Mahovics and the Hungariam National Ballet
Kodály: The Spinning Room – “At the foot of the Csitár Hills” – Rita Rácz, Gergely Boncsér
Kodály: Háry János – Recruiting Song – Csaba Szegedi and the Hungarian National Ballet
Kodály: Spinning Room – Finale – Rita Rácz, Bernadett Wiedemann, Gergely Boncsér, András Kiss and the Hungarian State Opera Chorus

Second part

Verdi: La forza del destino – Overture
Verdi: La forza del destino – “Pace, pace” ” – Song Qian
Verdi: La forza del destino – “La vergine degli angeli” – Polina Pasztircsák and the Hungarian State Opera Chorus
Verdi: Rigoletto – “La donna é mobile” – Yu Haolei
Verdi: Rigoletto – “Bella figlia dell'amore” (quartet) – Rita Rácz, Gabriella Balga, Gergely Boncsér, Zoltán Kelemen
Verdi: Don Carlo – “Dio che nell'alma infondere” – Don Carlo and Posa's duet – Gergely Boncsér, Zoltán Kelemen
Verdi: Il trovatore – “Condotta ell'era in ceppi” (Azucena's aria) and Anvil Chorus – Bernadett Wiedemann and the Hungarian State Opera Chorus
Verdi: Il trovatore – “Di quella pira” (Manrico's stretta) – Gergely Boncsér
Verdi: Falstaff – “Tutti gabbatti” (closing fugue)
                     Falstaff – Csaba Szegedi
                     Ford – Zoltán Kelemen
                     Fenton – Tivadar Kiss
                     Doktor Cajus – Tibor Szappanos
                     Bardolfo – Gergely Boncsér
                     Pistola – András Kiss
                     Alice – Orsolya Hajnalka Rőser
                     Annuska – Rita Rácz
                     Mrs. Quickly – Bernadett Wiedemann
                     Mrs. Meg Page – Gabriella Balga

Featuring the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra

General cast