Joining the most famous artists in Hungary - Andrea Rost, Erika Miklósa, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vásáry, Gergely Madaras and Domonkos Héja - on stage this summer at the Open Air Theater on Margaret Island are such stars as James Valenti, Yuja Wang, Marc Heller, Sébastien Guéze, Giuseppe Filianote, Stacey Kent, the Globe Theatre of London and the Monte Carlo Ballet. 2016 will be the year of romance at the Budapest Summer Festival.
More stars and super productions than ever before will perform at the 2016 Budapest Summer Festival in June, July and August. The festival events, with more than one hundred programs offering rich and diverse genres, has for over a decade set the standard for quality cultural content and has been a significant tourist attraction, which ensures continuity and strengthens Budapest’s reputation as a city of festivals in all seasons.
Again in 2016, The Budapest Summer Festival offers super productions for twelve weeks, that is, over twelve weekends - theatrical productions, opera and musical presentations, dance performances, concerts, spectacular shows, prose performances, children’s theater, theatre reviews, jazz, world and classical music and crossover concerts - numerous genres for every age group.
Together, the Open Air Theaters of Margaret Island and Városmajor count as genuine attractions, with their spectacular natural setting and a rich choice of programs and amenities, which entice about 80,000 local and foreign visitors yearly. Novel presentations, spectacular and grand productions, one-time events and unique content enriches the 2016 festival’s summer cultural program.
“Commensurate to the success attained thus far, our theatre aims to also strengthen its position internationally with the quality of its cultural content, the preservation and creation of value as well as its tourist services. One of the nicest stages in Central and Eastern Europe, the main stage on Margaret Island has recently become suitable to take its place among the summer theaters of Salzburg, Verona, Bayreuth, Klagenfurt and Mörbisch. We invited even more acclaimed Hungarian and international stars next year, the best in every category. 2016 will be the year of romance at the Budapest Summer Festival” said director Teodóra Bán, about next year’s plans.
The “summer in winter poster campaign,” in which the 2016 star performers of the Open-Air Theater on Margaret Island wish happy holidays can be seen on the main streets of the capital from the beginning of December. At the same time, Szabad Tér Színház Nonprofit Kft. started the ticket sales.
The Budapest Summer Festival opens on June 10th with the opening concert of the National Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Chinese pianist Yuja Wang, and conducted by Zoltán Kocsis. The two Verdi opera presentations and the opera gala world premier offer classical movie lovers a true delicacy. A new production of Traviata by Ferenc Anger will be performed on June 24th and 26th with Erika Miklósa and Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti in the leading role. The Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and chorus will be conducted by Domonkos Héja. The open-air performances of Othello can be viewed on July 29 and 31 with Andrea Rost in the role of Desdemona, and American tenor, Marc Heller in the title role. The Opera’s orchestra will be led by internationally acclaimed conductor Gergely Madaras. The anticipated sensation, Three tenors on Margaret Island opera gala will be performed on July 22nd. The popular concert-show tradition was renewed at its world premiere by three young star tenors who have already proven themselves on international stages. American James Valenti and French Sébastien Guéze vie for the audience’s favor with the most romantic melodies in opera literature in cooperation with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Péter Halász. The Romantic Ballet Music symphony concert will take the stage on July 15th with conductor Tamás Vásáry and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra.
Evita, the world classic Webber musical, which brings to life the legendary Eva Peron awaits musical lovers on July 8th and 10th. Following the highly successful guest appearance with Hamlet, and linked to the 2016 Shakespeare year, the London Shakespeare’s Globe will revisit Margaret Island this time with a performance of the Two Gentlemen of Verona. Romeo and Juliet, the playwright’s most beautiful love story, can be seen in a performance by Europe’s preeminent classical ballet company’s the Monte Carlo Ballet on August 5th. The excellent company will perform director Jean-Christophe Maillot’s choreography to Prokofiev’s music.
A Stacey Kent concert will delight fans of jazz and easy listening music on June 12th. The American jazz diva returns to Budapest with a big band line-up to thrill the audience with romantic melodies.
In addition to the productions, the Festival will again offer numerous special features in 2016: Sleep in Budapest complete tourist package, theater boat service at its private dock, services at Margit Terrace restaurant, and new 5 star packages available at VIP-terrace and IBUSZ offices. The organizers will not raise ticket prices and are planning several advanced-ticket purchase campaigns. It is worth following the theater’s website, newsletters and Facebook page.
More information: www.szabadter.hu, Facebook/bnyfesztival