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Talents of Gold(mark)

These days labeling something “old-fashioned” usually comes across pejoratively. But while most everything about the Hungarian State Opera’s Die Königin von Saba Friday was old-fashioned it was the most sheerly enjoyable night at the opera I’ve spent this whole year!  Read more »

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Levente Molnár as Bánk Bán.

Greeted by late-arriving politicians, UN dignitaries, enthusiastic ex-pats, intrepid local operaphiles and the apparently inescapable Plácido Domingo, the Hungarian State Opera and Hungarian National Ballet opened their ambitious two-week visit to Lincoln Center Tuesday night with the US stage premiere of their country’s “national opera” Ferenc Erkel’s Bánk Bán. Read more »