“Naïs” a sublime finale for MÜPA’s Early Music Festival

Jean Philippe Rameau’s late-Baroque opera “Naïs” (1749) served as the luminous grand finale of MÜPA’s recent Early Music Festival, which featured six concerts with international artists in the field of early music performance practice. From February 19 to March 4, soloists like countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and soprano Simone Kermes, and the groups Europa Galante, Ensemble Artaserse, Bach Consort Wien, and Budapest’s own Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra eloquently demonstrated the tightly structured and highly ornamented … Continue reading

Antonina Campi Vocal Competition

“Opera is a beautiful but at the same time very complicated and even cruel world to live in,” writes Mateusz Wisniewsky, the Competition Manager of the new First International Antonina Campi Vocal Competition in Lublin, Poland. Named after a famous Polish singer born in Lublin, the competition will make its auspicious debut Feb. 7-10. Wisniewsky and one of Poland’s great sopranos, Ewa Vesin, both well-aware of the vagaries of the art form as well as … Continue reading

The Birth of Color

Making it’s world premiere, the Birth of Color at the Kiscelli Museum, is a must see event at this years Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival. A long time fan of choral music, this promised something new, a Frequency Opera; music developed specifically in the frequency ranges associated with different colors. More than this, the choir and music surrounding a centrally seated audience, would deliver a frequency field that we would, as promised by creator Honora Foah, experience in … Continue reading