Hungary and Israel are celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relationships with a year of cultural events starting with a large Gala Operetta performance of the Budapest’s state opera performing the greatest opera hits in the presence of the Hungarian ambassador in Israel. This show starts a year full of events including musical shows, ballet, circus, art exhibitions, movies and culinary events.
The performance featured 80 soloists and the Budapest State Opera Orchestra, the dancers of the Hungarian National Dance Company and a special folk orchestra. Among the played opera hits were Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Merry Widow by Lehár, Countess Maritza by Kálmán, The Land of Smiles by Lehár, La vie parisienne by Offenbach, Princess Czardas, Waltzes, Can Can and Polka.
The show is very entertaining – a selection of Hungarian-style operettas with dances, humor and tricks. It is evident that many professional artistic resources have been invested in this performance. The Hungarian choreography with gypsy folk music influence and cheerful dances was very conspicuous. The virtuoso technique of the dancers (especially the men) was fascinating – timed and accurate. The vocal expertise of the singers was impeccable, at the highest level of European opera houses, with virtuoso performance and richness of sound.
The outfits and stage decor excelled in a plethora of colours and accessories, rich in their colourfulness and their authenticity – everything was a celebration for the eyes and the ears!
When they performed the city of the slaves — the audience demanded more and the choir sang it perhaps 5 times! The show concluded with a performance of “Hava Nagila” in Hebrew with “Hora” dances, and the audience was thrilled!
Among the events of the Hungarian Cultural Year in Israel: Recirquel Contemporary Circus Company: the Naked Clown (July), the ballet company of Gyor (June), Sasha Waltz & Guests: Continu (May), Hungarian Movies Festival (May), Hungarian culinary featuring Hungarian chefs (April), Art exhibits, and more. Full information can be found on the websites: http://hungary-israel.co.il/en/.