Faust225 Festival

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Similar to 2014 when the Strauss150 Festival crowned our 130th season, the Faust225 Festival aims to present the most concentrated event of this season on the 225th anniversary of the first publication of Goethe’s Faust – A Fragment. Five brilliant pieces built on the topic of Faust can be heard (among them the premiere of Gounod’s opera and the Hungarian premiere of Busoni’s work), with a rarity concert by the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra to conclude the series that spans over two weeks featuring world-wide acclaimed Hungarian singers and international guest stars. All performances take place at the Opera House.

Programme of the Faust225 Festival
(for more information and ticket order click on the titles)

Gounod: Faust (new production) – 17, 19, 23, 26, 31 May
Director: Michał Znaniecki
Conductor: Maurizo Benini
Cast includes: Dario Schmunck, Gábor Bretz, Andrea Rost

Busoni: Doktor Faust (Hungarian premiere, semi-staged version) – 22, 24 May
Director: Máté Szabó
Conductor: Gergely Vajda
Cast includes: Csaba Szegedi, Boldizsár László, Lajos Geiger, Éva Bátori

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress – 16, 20 May
Director: Ferenc Anger
Conductor: Domonkos Héja
Cast includes: Péter Balczó, Tuomas Pursio, Eleanor Lyons, András Palerdi

Weber: Der Freischütz – 27, 29 May
Director: Sándor Zsótér
Conductor: Péter Halász
Cast includes: Beatrix Fodor, Rita Rácz, Krisztán Cser, Zoltán Nyári

Boito: Mefistofele – 28, 30 May
Director: Balázs Kovalik
Conductor: Carlo Montanaro
Cast includes: András Palerdi, Attila Fekete, Gabriella Létay Kiss

Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra Concert (Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes Faust) – 1 June
Conductor: Michael Schønwandt



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