Erkel Ferenc: Mária Bátori

Once he acquired for himself Donizetti’s style, the pen of Ferenc Erkel gave birth to the unique sound of Hungarian opera, incomparable to anything else in its colour and style. The opera is full of charming melodies – even in comparison to my whole repertoire Mária’s arias are exceptional, I have also a wonderful love duet, big finale tableau and dramatic scenes. I speak for all of the interpreters who take part in this monumental production, we can feel the responsibility: because if we manage to convince the audience to love it and embrace it, perhaps it might lead to a live, staged performance of this beautiful piece.

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