Festival Opening Ceremonies at the Eiffel


Anyone who thinks that the Opera only has anything to do with the incomparable artistry of Johann Sebastian Bach when its orchestra students are spending their obligatory piano-learning years with some Bach solo works is gravely mistaken. In past decades, the Hungarian State Opera has played the “Christ operas” by producing a staged performance of the St John Passion (director: Károly Eperjes) and performs the St Matthew Passion in German twice during Holy Week every year, as revived by Mendelssohn (director: Géza M. Tóth). A staged pasticcio called Celebration of Joy (director: Jakab Tarnóczy) has been made from a number of his profane cantatas, and it is going on four years that we perform the famous Coffee Cantatas as part of the international movement Bach in the Subways, held every year in March around the time of Bach’s birthday. In March 2019, we received a special award for our performance. Maybe that’s why we were selected to produce the opening concert of tuba player Zalán László Kovács’s excellent series Bach for Everyone in 2020 (last year, the concert was held at the Police Palace).

Thomas Stevens: Variations in Olden Style
Bach: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51
         Coffee Cantata, BWV 211 

Conductor: Péter Oberfrank

Featuring: Klára Kolonits, Zita Váradi, Zoltán Megyesi, Zoltán Bátki-Fazekas (vocals), Balázs Winkler (trumpet), László Zalán Kovács (tuba), János Rácz (flute), Klára Jean (chemballo) and the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra.

Admission is free of charge, however registration is required.
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