Italian Gala with Sonya Yoncheva


We dedicated the Silver Rose ball of 2014 to the jubilee
composer Richard Strauss’s opera Der Rosenkavalier.
The late winter of 2015 was crowned with another ball
at the Opera, this time in the spirit of the Faust Season.
The same event of 2016 was dominated by Shakespeare’s
works and themes, and the ball of the Hungarian
Season of 2017 explored the rich fantasy of János
Háry. The “Around the Ring” Season of 2018 emphasised
the theme of the Ring, and the carnival night of 2018
will be permeated with Puccini and Italy. A cheerful
programme is, of course, suitable for some adventures
among styles and genres. After Vesselina Kasarova,
Angela Gheorghiu, Plácido Domingo, Kristian Benedikt,
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra
Kurzak, it is now the turn of one of the brightest young
soprano stars in the world: the Bulgarian Sonya Yoncheva,
who performs for the first time in Budapest.


András Nádasdy / Giacomo Puccini / Péter Andorka: Pot-pourri – Opening dance
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci – Prologue » Mihály Kálmándy 
Puccini: Le Villi – Anna’s aria from Act 1 (“Se come voi piccina io fossi”) » Sonya Yoncheva
Rossini: La Fede » Hungarian State Opera Children’s Chorus
Rossini: La Carità » Hungarian State Opera Children’s Chorus, Berta Ittzés (solo)
Kornélia Mráz / Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Flowers » students of the Hungarian National Ballet Academy
Ponchielli: Gioconda – Enzo’s aria from Act 2 (“Cielo e mar”) » Gergely Boncsér
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana – Opening Chorus
Puccini: La bohème – Mimì’s aria from Act 1 (“Sì, mi chiamano Mimì”) » Sonya Yoncheva
Puccini: La bohème – Mimì and Rodolfo’s duet from Act 1 (“O soave fanciulla”) » Sonya Yoncheva, Gergely Boncsér

– interval –

Leoncavallo: Pagliacci – Bell Chorus
Puccini: La bohème – Mimì’s aria from Act 3 (“Donde lieta uscì”) » Sonya Yoncheva
Karina Sarkissova / Respighi: La pentola magica, P. 129 » Sofia Ivanova-Skoblikova, Iurii Kekalo, Tatiana Melnik, Gergely Leblanc, Lili Felméry, Dmitry Timofeev, Ievgen Lagunov
Puccini: Manon Lescaut – Manon’s aria from Act 2 (“In quelle trine morbide”) » Sonya Yoncheva
Giordano: Andrea Chénier – Chorus from Act 1 (“O pastorelle, addio!”)
Giordano: Andrea Chénier – Gérard's aria from act 3 („Nemico della » Mihály Kálmándy
Mascagni: L'amico Fritz – Intermezzo
Puccini: Madama Butterfly – Cio-Cio-San’s aria from Act 2 (“Un bel dì vedremo”) » Sonya Yoncheva
Wolf-Ferrari: I quatro rusteghi – Lunardo’s aria from Act 1 (“Quando un omo xe serio”) » András Palerdi (featuring on piano: Pálma Hidegkuti)
Cilea: L'Arlesiana – Lamento di Federico (“È la solita storia del pastore”) » Gergely Boncsér
Verdi: Falstaff – Closing fugue (“Tutto nel mondo è burla”) » Orsolya Hajnalka Rőser, Bernadett Wiedemann, Tivadar Kiss, Csaba Szegedi, Zsófia Nagy, Gabriella Balga, Tibor Szappanos, Máté Fülep, Gergely Boncsér, Géza Gábor

Featuring: the Hungarian National Ballet Academy, the Hungarian National Ballet, the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Children’s Chorus
Opening waltz based on a theme by Giacomo Puccini composed by: Péter Andorka

Hostess and host of the gala: Noémi Morvai (MTVA), Szilveszter Ókovács

Conductor: Balázs Kocsár
Directors: András Almási-Tóth artistic director, Tamás Solymosi balett director
Assistant to the director: Andrea Kováts
Piano accompanist: Bettina Foskolos
Head of the Children's Chorus: Nikolett Hajzer
Chorus director: Gábor Csiki

Partner: BMW Group Hungary
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2019. March 02., Sat, 19:00