Wagner Days

Wagner Days

The Palace of Arts presents its acclaimed sell-out concert series of Wagner’s work

Wagner Days

Acclaimed sell-out concert series

Dates of Wagner Days: 14-29 June 2024
Event venue: Palace of Arts
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The Palace of Arts (MÜPA) traditionally hosts its annual Wagner Days festival in the early summer weeks, dedicating its stages to the German composer’s oeuvre. Modestly titled Wagner Days, the festival spans over two weeks and presents a diverse range of works starring some of the finest classical musical talent and opera directors.

In 2024, Danish baritone Bo Skovhus opens this marathon of operatic entertainment with a selection of songs, including Wagner’s Wesendonck pieces. The world-famous Hungarian conductor and founder of the festival, Ádám Fischer, will once again present the Ring Cycle tetralogy, this time directed by Hartmut Schörghofer and starring Iréne Theorin as Brünhilda and Christian Franz as Loge. The festival concludes with a selection of the composer’s work titled Gods and Heroes, featuring the internationally acclaimed National Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme will no doubt serve as a teaser to delve into more Wagner in the following year.

Richard Wagner (1813–1883) was a German musical wizard, mostly known for his dramatically charged operas, for which, uncharacteristically for his time, he wrote both the libretto and music. He also broke tradition by fusing poetry, music and drama into his mise-en-scène, calling it Gesamtkunstwerk, or ‘total work of art’. The scale and scope of his dramatic vision are most evident in his Ring Cycle, The Ring of the Nibelung, which comprises four operas. A theorist and essayist, his Tristan and Isolde are considered by critics the foundation of modern opera.

Wagner was friends with Hungary’s own musical superstar, Franz Liszt, and at one point considered taking up residence in Hungary.

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