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June 2016 W. Kutzschbach

Opernglas

The Tempest

With this work, the music director of the State Opera has proved himself to be enormously versatile. With the well-instructed choir, we heard a performance bursting with tension and colours which was rewarded with a huge ovation by its conspicuously young audience.

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May 2016 Ferenc László

Magyar Narancs

The Tempest

The musical execution of the gratifyingly well-rehearsed Budapest premiere was the result of the joint mastery of the justifiably assured guest artists, the Hungarian performers who rose close to their level, and the conductor, who held the production together with a prowess that was impressive. Péter Halász is no longer the music director of the Hungarian State Opera, yet the fact that his talent and prestige was never dependent on his official title was dazzlingly evident on the evening of the premiere as he penetrated, mastered, and brought forth the sound of Adès’ awfully rich musical score.

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May 2016 Pavel Unger

Operaplus.cz

The Tempest

Conductor Péter Halász must take huge credit for the interpretation of Adès’ diverse, instrumentally-rich score. Reflecting the musical metaphors and the changing moods of the plot, Halász leads the orchestra with rapt concentration and inspirational authority. There were parts where the instruments were dominant, determining the atmosphere and movement of the plot, and others where the accompaniment added colour to the performance. The Tempest features many lyrical sequences (for instance, the love scenes between Miranda and Ferdinand); there are sections in the form of arias (Ariel) or monologues (Prospero); and there is also a great amount of ensemble singing. Under Halász’s assured baton, with a united effort and a perfectly capable choir, the premiere went smoothly and resulted in an eminently satisfying production.

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May 2016 Harald Lacina

Neue Merker

The Tempest

On this evening, Péter Halász proved his remarkably outstanding conducting skills.

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