Guest star of the 25 October 2020 Masquerade was bass András Palerdi, Chamber Singer for the 2016/17 season. In the programme streamed live at 8:00 p.m. from the Sándor Hevesi Stage of the Eiffel Art Studios, he made a selection of his favourite roles.
András Palerdi began his studies at the Music Academy in Budapest, which he continued in the United States and the Vienna Music Academy, where he graduated from in 1996. In the same year, he started his career at the Wiener Staatsoper. At the Hungarian State Opera, he has sung all major bass roles since 2000. His wide repertoire ranges from baroque oratorios to contemporary compositions. In the 2016/17 season, the Opera named him Chamber Singer, in 2018, he was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit. For his aria recital, he made a selection of 19th and 20th century pieces. One of his guests was the Ferenc Liszt Award recipient Chamber Singer Gabriella Létay Kiss, the surprise guest was a young soprano, Éva Bernáth. The programme directed by Albert Mányik was hosted by Dániel Mona, featured on the piano was Pálma Hidegkuti.
Bellini: La sonnambula – Rodolfo's aria ("Vi ravisso")
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia – Basilio's aria ("La calunnia è un venticello")
Verdi: Don Carloo – King Philip's aria from Act 3 ("Ella giammai m'amo")
Catalani: La Wally – Wally's aria ("Ebben! Ne andro lontana") – performed by Gabriella Létay Kiss
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer – Daland's aria from Act 2 ("Mögst du, mein Kind, den fremden Mann?")
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail – Blonde's aria from Act 2 ("Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln") – performed by Éva Bernáth
Kodály: Háry János – Uncle Marci's song ("Ó, mely sok hal")
Photo by Valter Berecz