The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti
José Cura and János Balázs Argentine Recital

24 February 2019, 19.30-21.30

Grand Hall

Cziffra Festival 2019

José Cura and János Balázs Argentine Recital

Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony

José Cura (vocals), János Balázs (piano)

José Cura, the charming, relaxed Argentine tenor with an amazing voice, has been visiting Hungary for nearly two decades, and this time he arrives with a programme sure to attract not only opera buffs but those who love Latin music as well. As is now a tradition, Cziffra Festival prizes are presented in the first half of the concert. Now in his mid-50s, the singer – who originally studied conducting and composition – has been a celebrated star of opera stages for a quarter of a century, but thanks to his sporting past he looks considerably younger. His remarkably suggestive formulations are set down in many recordings, some of which are prize-winning, and more than a dozen opera films. For this out-of-the-ordinary concert, Cura sings not opera arias but songs of his homeland, accompanied by János Balázs on piano.

Presented by

Besszer Concert


HUF 3 000, 4 000, 5 000, 6 000, 8 000, 10 000