Start: 8 p.m.
Place: Employee assembly hall B/GVZ
Moderation: Alexander Mazza
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer (Conductor)
Anna Prohaska (Soprano)
Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883) Siegfried Idyll
Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976) Les Illuminations for a high voice and string orchestra to texts by Arthur Rimbaud op. 18
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) Symphony no. 104 in D major
We live in an age that needs bridge-builders. People like Iván Fischer. This Hungarian conductor, one of the greatest exponents of his art, founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) in 1983. Today it is regarded as one of the finest ensembles in existence. Fischer is world-famous not only for his innovative, intense concerts. As co-founder of the Bridging Europe Festival, the BFO aims above all to connect people through music: “The most important thing is a collective feeling of living for music,” says Fischer. “If this mentality exists, miracles can happen.” In Ingolstadt the maestro and “his” orchestra come together with an artist who, like them, sparkles with creativity: Anna Prohaska. Critics celebrate this star soprano for her “radiantly sucking, transparent, yet slightly clouded voice, greatly sought-after by conductors” (Klassik-Magazin Rondo). She bridged the gap in the period without performances at the State Opera in Berlin simply by singing arias from the balcony of her apartment for passers-by. “You notice how people long for classical music.” In Ingolstadt, too, Prohaska would like to soothe this longing, in collaboration with the BFO, with Benjamin Britten’s cycle of songs Les Illuminations, which calls on all the skills of this coloratura soprano singer. Joseph Haydn’s last symphony, which the orchestra will play along with Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll at the Audi Sommerkonzerte, has similar power. As for the audience: where music is lived with such intensity, they can look forward to nothing less than a miracle.
Iván Fischer: © Istvan Kurcsak
Anna Prohaska: © Harald Hoffmann
Budapest Festival Orchestra: © Ákos Stiller