New additions to the programme for Müpa Budapest’s 2023/24 season
In 2024, Müpa Budapest will once again welcome international star orchestras, world-class soloists and unrepeatable collaborations.
The authors of the works of contemporary Hungarian literature that have reached the most readers will arrive straight from the bestseller lists of recent years to the Müpa Budapest stage for the Literarium and Literarium Extra events. The Müpa Film Club will open a new chapter with Being Woody Allen, while the Jazz Showcase series will this year see the usual young talent joined by Bálint Gyémánt, the New Fossils & Mathias Eick and Àbáse.
Fans of classical music will also come across some genuine treats: in keeping with tradition, Ádám Fischer will open the programme for 2024 with Haydn’s monumental masterpiece, The Creation. Voted among the world’s top ten musical ensembles in the world, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra arrives with Riccardo Muti, while Daniel Harding will step up to the conductor’s podium for the concert by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, with the soloist for the evening being none other than Maria João Pires, one of the finest performers of Mozart of recent decades. Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion will feature on the programme of Philippe Jaroussky, Francesco Corti and the Freiburger Barockorchester, and Christina Pluhar will lead L’Arpeggiata through Mozart’s two-act opera Il re pastore (The Shepherd King), with Rolando Villazón and Emőke Baráth among the leading roles. The Hungarian National Philharmonic will perform Puccini’s immortal masterpiece Manon Lescaut, and the concert programme of the Pannon Philharmonic, which turns 200 next year, includes the latest composition by György Orbán.
In spring, we will welcome three remarkable female artists: one of the most celebrated organists of our time, Latvia’s Iveta Apkalna has invited Gábor Boldoczki to partner her for an evening of chamber music, Diana Damrau returns with a programme featuring songs from her favourite operettas, and Yuja Wang will play piano pieces by Beethoven, Scarlatti and Shostakovich on what promises to be an intimate solo evening.
Those who prefer less intense genres will also have plenty to look forward to in 2024. The banjo legend Béla Fleck arrives in Budapest once again as the leader of a proper all-star bluegrass band, the songs of Aurevoir. will be lent a new dimension by the classical sound of the Szolnok Symphony Orchestra, and Henri Gonzo és a Papírsárkányok will arrive with material from their latest album, while Ibolya Oláh will also appear. The Müpa Budapest audience will be the first to hear Branka Básits’s debut album, while Márta Sebestyén will be joined in concert by her dearest musical colleagues and collaborators, as well as her two children, who have also blossomed into talented folk musicians.
In addition to music, Müpa Budapest also plays host to dance, and the most popular productions of the country’s leading companies and dance ensembles will also be among the venue’s programmes in 2024. The two youth performances debuted by the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble in the autumn will once again find a place in the calendar, Dániel Csengery will return with his opera Mother Hulda created to introduce children to the genre of opera, and there is of course no way Recirquel’s hugely successful Solus Amor can be left off the programme.
Müpa+ membership programme cardholders are eligible to purchase tickets first: the pre-purchase period will begin for Platinum level members on 3 October, Gold level members on 4 October, and Silver level members from 10 am on 5 October. Basic level members of the loyalty programme, as well as the general public, will be able to buy tickets for the new performances from 10 am on 6 October in person from the Müpa Budapest box offices and online.