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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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March 2016 Jörn Florian Fuchs

Deutschland Radio Kultur

Die Walküre

At the head of the orchestra, Péter Halász ensures a varied and colourful sound. Every detail of the score produces the desired effect; in certain places the music is deliberately brash. Considered theatrically, the whole thing remains just slightly decorative, but from a musical perspective, Die Walküre is a truly significant performance.

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March 2016 Orsolya Gyárfás

Bachtrack.com

Die Walküre

Thankfully, the quality of the musical performances was much higher. Under the baton of Péter Halász, the orchestra played with gripping intensity, never letting the music drag and the audience's attention wander. Halász drew an incredibly lush sound from the strings and bright blazing from the brass, but payed great attention that the orchestra would not overpower the singers.

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March 2016 Harald Lacina

Neue Merker

Die Walküre

Péter Halász, the young music director of the Hungarian State Opera, stunningly succeeds in executing the score. Drawing taut arcs and applying the appropriate musical accents to the dramatically significant moments, he approached the intricate elaboration of the work with an abundance of affection. That tautness lasted all evening.

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