This podcast features material recorded during a recent visit to Budapest where I saw opera by Wagner for the first time. This, as a classical music fan of 25 years or so, is quite some admission.
Fear of the unknown is what put me off Wagner to begin with. The Ring Cycle had always seemed far more complicated and, as a result, incredibly inaccessible too. But MUPA Budapest’s production with conductor Adam Fischer was a revelation for me.
The podcast includes excerpts from Das Rheingold and Die Walküre (the operas I saw in Budapest), plus an interview with the production’s director Hartmut Schörghofer. Keep an eye out for a follow-up blog post on Thoroughly Good in the coming days.
Pictures of MUPA, the Bela Bartok Concert Hall, and the Danube are included below.