Anniversary gala concert

On March 15, 2019 Michele Kalmandy had the honour to receive the Kossuth Prize in front of the Hungarian Holy Crown, in the Hungarian Parliament, which has crowned his three-decade-long baritone career. It has become a tradition that the Hungarian State Opera organizes a jubilee opera gala for its Kossuth laureates, and it is a unique opportunity if, as it is now, the award and the ceremonial evening find the singer in his best shape. Michele Kalmandy, who comes from the Transylvanian Hungarian community, joined the Opera thirty years ago immediately with lead roles. Even as he was earning great success on the stages of prominent opera houses around the world, thanks to his singing, in quality and style akin to the greatest such as Sándor Svéd and Nicolae Herlea, he had a reliable presence in Budapest, constantly part of the Hungarian opera scene. Michele Kalmandy will perform a special program compiled by himself and accompanied by his select colleagues in front of the audience of the Erkel Theater.


First part

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia – Overture
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia – Figaro’s entrance from Act 1 (“Largo al factotum”) » Michele Kalmandy
Donizetti: La favorita – Leonora’s aria from Act 3 (“O mio Fernando”) » Bernadett Fodor
Verdi: Aida – Aida and Amonasro’s duet from Act 3 ("Ciel! Mio padre!”) » Csilla Boross, Michele Kalmandy
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra – Fiesco’s aria from the Prologue (“A te l’estremo addio”) » Sándor Köpeczi
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera – Renato’s aria from Act 3 (“Alzati! Là tuo figlio”) » Michele Kalmandy
Verdi: Don Carlo – Elisabeth’s aria from Act 4 (“Tu che le vanità”) » Csilla Boross
Verdi: Otello – Otello and Jago’s duet from Act 2 (“Non pensateci piu… Sì, pel ciel”) » Boldizsár László, Michele Kalmandy

Second part

Verdi: I Lombardi – Prelude from Act 3 » László G. Horváth
Puccini: Edgar – Frank’s aria from Act 1 (“Questo amor”) » Michele Kalmandy
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera – Riccardo’s aria from Act 3 (“Ma se m'è forza perderti”) » Boldizsár László
Verdi: Don Carlo – Quartet from Act 4 (“Ah! Sii maledetto”) » Csilla Boross, Bernadett Fodor, Michele Kalmandy, Sándor Köpeczi
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer – Senta and The Dutchman’s duet from Act 2 (“Wie aus der Ferne“) » Szilvia Rálik, Michele Kalmandy – film screening
Wagner: Die Walküre – Wotan’s farewell and Magic Fire from Act 3 (“Leb’ wohl… Loge, hör’!”) » Michele Kalmandy

General cast

János Kovács
Michele Kalmandy
Csilla Boross / Szilvia Rálik (on television film recording)
Bernadett Fodor
Köpeczi Sándor
Boldizsár László
Featuring on violin
G. Horváth László
the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra


András Aczél

Oct. 5, 2019


2019. October 05., Sat, 19:30