GOLDEN AGE: SLAVS – Dvořák: Symphony from the New World

2 June 2024, 7:30 p.m.

Hungarian State Opera

In Brief

Symphonic concert

Performance length: , with 1 intermission.

One of the highlights of the Slavic Season is the concert in May, which brings together Slavic Romanticism with OPERA's usual and expected grandiosity, through a revival of the major works and several of the artists whose full-scale sculptures stand in the Ybl Palace's facade. Despite this, Smetana's famous opera was last performed by the Hungarian State Opera in 1976, and now a remarkable overture breaks the silence in the auditorium. The Ferenc Erkel of the Polish composers, Moniuszko's main work is Halka, which was performed at the Opera House 66 years ago. Zajc, the Croatian national composer, and his opera Zrínyi was performed here seven years ago as part of a guest performance. Erkel's György Brankovics is also connected to the Croatian history and culture, and even includes a Croatian dance sequence. The programme also includes Suchoň, one of the most important Slovak composers. And Dvořák is the national composer of the Czechs (and Slovaks), whose very popular symphony, written in America, gives a new perspective on today's geopolitical situation, but is also a fascinating piece of music.

Smetana: The Bartered Bride – overture
Moniuszko: Halka – aria and mazurka from Act 2
Erkel: György Brankovics – kolo and Mara's romance from Act 2
Zajc: Nikola Šubić Zrinski – Eve and Zrinski's duet
Suchoň: Mountain Suite


Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World”, Op. 95

Featuring Kinga Kriszta (soprano) Zoltán Kelemen (baritone) , as well as the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor: Andriy Yurkevych


Hungarian State Opera
June 2, 2024
Start time
7:30 p.m.
End time
9:30 p.m.