19. AUGUST – 09. SEPTEMBER 2023



Budapest Festival Orchestra & Anna-Lena Elbert

Budapest Festival Orchestra (© BFO)

Budapest Festival Orchestra (© BFO)

Saturday , 19.08.23 - 8:30 pm

Claudio Monteverdi: »Scherzi musicali« (excerpts)
György Ligeti: »Mysteries of the Macabre« for coloratura soprano and chamber orchestra
as well as Klezmer and Hungarian folk music

The Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO), co-founded by Iván Fischer in 1983, is one of the best orchestras in the world. Not only the critics agree, but also the Gramophone Award for Orchestra of the Year 2022, which is awarded by votes submitted from all over the world, went to the Hungarian orchestra! The BFO can underpin its excellence with three programmes. The second programme is dedicated to musical scherzo. The centrepiece is an excerpt from György Ligeti's avant-garde opera »Le grand Macabre«, which is bursting with black humour and Dadaist absurdities. The young coloratura soprano Anna-Lena Elbert shines in the three technically demanding arias of the head of the »Secret Political Polic«, which are summarised as »Mysteries of the Macabre«.

Budapest Festival Orchestra
Anna-Lena Elbert
Iván Fischer conductor


In ten venues around the market square, two concerts of 45 minutes each will take place in three time slots, while in our main festival hall the Glocke there will be three concerts. All venues have two common intervals for spontaneous encounters and thought provoking conversations with other festivalgoers. Single tickets for each concert can be booked at the standard price of 30 euros. So you can decide for yourself whether you want to attend one, two or three concerts for the festival’s opening night!

Tickets: € 30 (reduced € 24)

and Mercedes-Benz AG
Supported by NORDMETALL-Stiftung