Liszt, Bartók, Chinese Culture In Focus Of Next Year’s Budapest Spring Festival

The oeuvre of Ferenc Liszt, works by Béla Bartók and Chinese culture will be in focus at the Budapest Spring Festival to be held in April next year. Liszt is always in focus at Hungary’s largest and most prestigious cultural festival, and Bartók will be celebrated next year because 2016 marks the 135th anniversary of his birth, head of the festival organising body Csaba Kael, who is also the director of the Palace of Arts (Müpa), said.


An exhibition at the National Museum about the Silk Road will present one of the most important links in history between China and Europe, and Puccini’s Turandot will be presented by the Chinese National Opera at Erkel Theatre, head of the Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre Teodóra Bán said. Among the star performers to feature at the 2016 festival she mentioned Ramon Vargas in one of the leading roles in Mozart’s opera Idomeneo, and Vladimir Galouzine will sing in The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky.

The 36th Budapest Spring Festival will be held between 8 and 24 April 2016 awaiting visitors with dozens of venues and a rich and colourful programme that involves classical music, opera, jazz and pop, world music, dance, theatre and the visual arts. With the best Hungarian performers and real world stars, the Budapest Spring Festival is a truly special occasion, presenting Hungarian and world premieres of musical and theatrical productions and co-productions with partner institutions throughout its seventeen days.

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