Our task is to form veritable talents who possess the necessary gifts to become masters, without attending to the ungifted mediocrity.

Liszt to Giovanni Sgambati
Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti / Gyula Fekete: Roman Fever – premiere

21 October 2018, 19.00-21.00

Solti Hall

CAFE BUDAPEST CONTEMPORARY ARTS FESTIVAL

Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti / Gyula Fekete: Roman Fever – premiere

Gyula Fekete: Gyula Fekete: Roman Fever – premiere
Ms. Ansley: Andrea Meláth / Makiko Yoshida
Ms. Slade: Tünde Szabóki / Imai Ayane
Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti
Sam: Marcell Bakonyi
Dinah: Andrea Meláth
Trio: Estefanía Avilés (soprano), Róbert Erdős (tenor), Attila Erdős (baritone)

 

 

Featuring: Budapest Strings (concertmaster: János Pilz)
Conductor: Péter Dobszay
Costumes: Lili Izsák
Set: Lili Izsák, András Almási-Tóth
Choreographer: Eszter Lázár
Director: András Almási-Tóth

Its jazzy tone notwithstanding, the one-act Trouble in Tahiti has a dark musical world. It is one of Bernstein’s earliest works for the stage, and the only one whose libretto he wrote himself. This miniature drama has two characters, and portrays the most commonplace of situations, the deterioration of a marriage into routine, with bitter irony and a challenging stance that has lost none of its mordancy.

Gyula Fekete’s chamber opera, Roman Fever, is another compact drama for two characters, which starts with the carefree chat of two middle-aged ladies who consider their lives settled and satisfactory. What promises to be a pleasant tea in Rome grows more and more intense as facts from the two women’s lives are revealed. How does the past effect the present when you find yourself to be sharing a table with another party from a one-time love triangle? And what are the repercussions if you have been unaware of your role in it?

Presented by

CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, Liszt Academy Concert Centre

Tickets:

HUF 1 500, 2 000