Slipped Disc brings you the first account and pictures of Ivan Fischer’s opera, premiered tonight in Budapest.
The judge sits up on a chair. The Hungarian crowd are now dressed as soccer hooligans armed with vuvuzelas. A freshly composed rap-style recitative is performed by Moric cheered on by the ‘mob’. This is extremely effective in highlighting pop culture and its sensationalism, much of the audience were tapping their feet and head beating to the rap beat.
Then An Interruption by the superbly played guard with gun as he announces the arrival of a legendary Hungarian revolutionary – Kossuth Lajos.
Finally Apa takes Moric with him on the train (played by the kit), and the quiet culmination occurs with four solo violins playing a most delicate and tragic choral. The Orchestra enters with a final statement whilst the Red Cow is brought out again. In a small interlude the cow begins to sing prayers in Hebrew (a cantor is performs this from inside the cow). Apa and son are centre-stage spot lit as if on the train, the kit keeps the train running the whole last scene which is cleverly titled ‘purification’. A huge orchestral culmination builds and one lone dissonance is left hanging until resolved in the last major chord. A sense of relief. Narrator signals lights off. The story has been told.
A short silence followed and then slowly one by one came the applause. emotions settle and audience responds fervently in the Hungarian-stlye unison clap. A most overwhelming experience.