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: Csaba Szegedi
Featuring on piano: Kálmán Szennai
Puccini: Tosca – Cavaradossi's aria from Act 1 („Recondita armonia”)
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana – Turiddu's aria („O Lola, c'hai di latti la cammisa”)
Goldmark: Die Königin von Saba – Asszad's aria from Act 2 („Magische Töne”)
Puccimi: – Manon Lescaut - des Grieux's aria from Act 1
J. S. Bach: Der Leib zwar in der Erden – Cantata BWV 161. – featuring: Kálmán Szennai
C. Ph. E. Bach: Rondo Espressivo, Sonata in B Minor, H.245 – featuring: Kálmán Szennai
Verdi: Il trovatore – Manrico's arias from Act 3 („Ah sì, ben mio coll'essere… Di quella pira”)
Verdi: Otello – Jago's aria from Act 2 („Credo in un Dio crudel”) – featuring: Csaba Szegedi
Verdi: Otello – Duet of Otello Jago from Act 2 („Si pel ciel”) – featuring: Csaba Szegedi
- Eiffle Art Studios — Hevesi Sándor Stage
- Oct. 31, 2020
- Start time
- 8 p.m.
- End time
- 9 p.m.
Premiere: Sept. 20, 2020