Iván Fischer: The Red Heifer
Iván Fischer’s opera The Red Heifer, which had a successful debut in October in Millenáris Park, awaits the public (both old and new) in an impressive venue, the gorgeous main stage of the Vígszínház.
The work is “a true story, more than shocking, with implications that can be felt even today,” remarked Iván Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra’s leading conductor. For nearly 30 years, the composer-conductor contemplated this work, which contains melodious music and conveys a serious message. “I’m a musician. I hold views in common with people who take the question of a just society to heart,” Iván Fischer stated. “I dream of a world where everyone respects each other, regardless of whether their religion or skin colour is different.”
Last October’s premiere of The Red Heifer attracted rave reviews from the audience and critics alike. Professionals around the world praised the October performance: “Sensational, powerful and rich in emotion”; “It will be spoken of for a long while”; “We took part in an enchanting experience.” Indeed, news of its success reached the world’s media. It was cover story of the New York Times, and the British Opera magazine analyzed it at length.
Audiences can see the opera on 23-24 June at the Comedy Theatre (Vígszínház). The production, directed by Tamás Ascher and Kriszta Székely, will be performed once again by members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra; guest soloists, actors, singers and dancers; and third-year students of the Theatre and Film Academy’s drama department.