Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (22 May 2021, 8:00 p.m.)

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On 22 May 2021, at 8:00 p.m. CET, the Opera Stream series presents a spectacular staging of the famous scenic cantata Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.

O Fortuna. Everyone knows the overwhelmingly powerful opening motifs of Carl Orff's most famous work. What fewer people know is that Carmina Burana was not intended to be an oratorical work, but was instead expressly meant for the stage. This becomes clear from the piece's (originally Latin) subtitle: "Secular songs for singers and chorus to be sung together with instruments and magical images." Over the course of the many times when he has conducted the work, Tibor Bogányi gradually developed a vision for a staged version. The concept of the production – the brainchild of the conductor as well as painter Ágnes Zászkaliczky and screenwriter Attila Könnyű – uses innovative technology to reform the world of classical music.

The creators conceived a breathtaking spectacle to surround three soloists – Rita Rácz, István Horváth and Zsolt Haja –, three dancers from the Hungarian National Ballet Aleszja Popova, Zoltán Oláh and Levente Bajári –, and the monumental 120-strong chorus on the stage, with the 3D "magical images" by Freelusion coming to life on six projection displays and LED walls. The performance features the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Chorus (Chorus director: Gábor Csiki) and Children's Chorus (Head of the Children's Chorus: Nikolett Hajzer) conducted by Tibor Bogányi.

Before the production, the performance by the Bordó Sárkány Old Music Order gets the audience tuned in and keyed up for medieval melodies. Narrator: Miklós H. Vecsei.

This production is presented courtesy of Schott Music GmbH & Co.