Masquerade – Attila Fekete's aria recital (7 November 2020)

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On 7 November 2020, Chamber Singer Attila Fekete, renowned for his performances of heldentenor roles presented a selection of his favourite arias in the Masquerade series from 8:00 p.m., streamed live on Facebook and Origo.hu.

Attila Fekete made his debut at the Hungarian State Opera in 1997, while still a student, singing the role of Parpignol in Puccini's La bohème, and shortly afterwards he already sang Rodolfo. During his career of more than two decades he has performed the greatest heldentenor roles in operas by Puccini, Verdi, Wagner and Gounod, but he is an acclaimed interpreter of works by Hungarian composers such as Erkel, Kodály, Dohnányi, Petrovics and Vajda. He has also made his name overseas, as he appeared on stages in Detroit, Toronto and at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2006, he was presented with the Ferenc Liszt Award, the Opera named him Chamber Singer for the 2013/14 season, and his achievements were awarded with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary in 2020. In his aria recital, he performed pieces by Donizetti, Verdi and Erkel. One of his guests was soprano Kinga Kriszta, the surprise guest Diána Kiss was revealed during the show. The programme directed by Katalin Kovács was hosted by Melitta Gyüdi, featuring on the piano was Kálmán Szennai.

Programme:

Donizetti: La favorita – Fernando's romance from Act 1 ("Una vergine, un' angel di Dio")
Verdi: Messa da Requiem – Ingemisco
Bartók: Evening in the Village – performed by Kálmán Szennai
Erkel: Hunyadi László – László's aria from Act 1 ("Van végre néhány nyugodt pillanat... Ó, szállj hozzám ég angyala")
Puccini – Manon Lescaut – Manon's aria from Act 2 ("In quelle trine morbide") – performed by Diána Kiss
Erkel: Hunyadi László – The King's aria from Act 3 ("Hosszú az éj… Én rabja képzeletnek")
Erkel: Bánk bán (The Viceroy Bánk) – Melinda's aria from Act 2 ("Ölj meg engemet, Bánk") – performed by Kinga Kriszta
Erkel: Bánk bán (The Viceroy Bánk) – Melinda and Bánk's duet from Act 2 ("Hol van fehér homlokod liljom virága") – featuring Kinga Kriszta
Erkel: Dózsa György – Dózsa's oath from Act 1 ("Én, Dózsa György, most hitet teszek róla")

Photo by János Kummer