In accordance with a new tradition which is very visibly taking root, we will also be closing the 2015 season with a Baroque
opera premiere. In the footsteps of Händel, Rameau and Gluck will follow a truly Italian composer: Vivaldi! The operas of the
“Red Priest” (which number close to 50) were practically unknown until the last quarter of the 20th century. Since the start of
the millennium, however, people can’t seem to get enough, as more and more recordings and productions are made of his
operas. This premiere is a curiosity for two reasons: first, this is the piece’s Hungarian premiere, and second, because this is
the first occasion a Vivaldi opera will be appearing on the Budapest Opera playbill.
Farnace was one of its composer’s favourite operas: he showed it in a number of cities, and also revised the score on all six
occasions. The plot revolves around the King of Pontus, recently defeated by the Romans, whose mother-in-law despises
him and conspires against him. Intrigue, politics, a death sentence, love, manipulation, and hatred abound as the characters
find themselves in the most extreme of situations and traverse an enormously wide range of emotions.
Ferenc Anger is without a doubt a great admirer of Baroque opera, and especially of the enchanting music of Vivaldi. It is an
old dream of his come true to bring the composer to the Budapest stage at last, and under his direction to boot.