In September, the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) will be launching its 2017-2018 season with a performance of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni that has enchanted audiences not only in Hungary, but in the U.S. as well. In 2011, the New York Times described Iván Fischer’s production at the Mostly Mozart Festival as “more involving, imaginative and theatrically daring” than most full-scale opera house performances of Don Giovanni. Critics began to cite this performance – which has since achieved iconic status – as the standard against which others are measured. A revamped version was invited back to the New York festival, as well as to the Edinburgh International Festival. The staged performance, which will be seen by Hungarian audiences in September, had its 2010 debut as a co-production of the BFO and Müpa Budapest. In addition to performances in New York, Edinburgh and Bruges as resident orchestra, the Festival Orchestra will also tour Washington, Reykjavik and Athens.