Wagner200 Marathon - all-day event
Opera House | 11:00-22:00
One week before the season kicks off with its first première, the Hungarian State Opera House will again be offering a special treat as it showcases the concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk as part of the bicentennial celebration of Wagner’s birth.
11 am Mini exhibition of the Opera House’s Wagner reliquary opens (OperaDigiTár)
1 pm Afternoon reading with songs of Wagner and Nietzsche (Red Salon)
2 pm Chamber concert: Siegfried Idyll + all of Wagner’s songs (Bertalan Székély Hall)Afternoon reading with songs of Wagner and Nietzsche (Red Salon)
4 pm Film screening of the Opera House’s performance of Der fliegende Holländer (Great Hall)
8 pm Wagner Marathon (Andrássy Avenue)
Underneath the statue of Wagner bathed in its own spotlight on the façade’s rooftop colonnade and in front of thousands of people seated on an Andrássy Avenue closed off to traffic, the world of sport and the art of athleticism will be combined with the genre of opera. With the music of Wagner accompanied by special lighting and projections, ring, beam and vault exercises will be performed on the Opera House’s great terrace, while the high jump unfolds on the coach entrance, and a rhythmic gymnastics team composes the premiere of its own art form to the sound of the elegant operatic score. On Andrássy Avenue itself, which will be closed to traffic, Wotan’s spear will serve as a javelin to be flung by professionals and adventurous civilians alike. In addition to the usual light painting and singers decked out in Wagnerian costumes created for the event by the fashion designers of the Gombold újra (Central European Fashion Days) group, the ballet ensemble will also be showing off assorted Wagnerian choreography, before the combined choruses of the Opera House and the Erkel Theatre enchant Andrássy Avenue to complete the marathon. All programmes will be open to the public free of charge, and the buffet in the foyer will be available at a discounted price. Meanwhile, the Opera House sphinxes will also be dressed up for the first time.
A joint production with Design Terminal.
Hosts Erika Miklósa, Szilveszter Ókovács
Director András Aczél