The programme entitled Masquerade (referring to the word 'mask'), is a series of exclusive aria recitals by a leading soloists of the Opera every Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. (every Friday and Sunday from 8 January 2021). The one-hour programmes feature pieces compiled by the singers themselves accompanied on the piano by a répétiteur of the institute. In the 2020 episodes, stars of the recitals were mostly Chamber Singers of the institute, who were joined on stage by guest artists. From 2021, further singers will appear in joint aria recitals. The performances are hosted by Dániel Mona, Melitta Gyüdi, or general director Szilveszter Ókovács.
Guest singer: Zsolt Haja
Featuring on piano: Pálma Hidegkuti
Host of the evening: Szilveszter Ókovács
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro – the Countess's aria from Act 1 ('Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro')
Gounod: Faust – Air des bijoux from Act Three ('Ah! Je ris de me voir si belle')
Puccini: Madama Butterfly – Cio-cio-san's aria from Act 2 ('Un bel di vedremo')
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte – Papageno's aria from Act 1 ('Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja') – performed by Zsolt Haja
Puccini: Tosca – Tosca's prayer from Act 2 ('Vissi d’arte')
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci – Bird Song ('Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!... Stridono lassù')
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte – Pamina and Papageno's duet from Act 1 ('Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen') – featuring Zsolt Haja
- Eiffle Art Studios — Hevesi Sándor Stage
- Oct. 11, 2020
- Start time
- 8 p.m.
- End time
- 9 p.m.
Premiere: Sept. 20, 2020