Budapest Wagner Days


Ian Jones and Jeremy Rowe were pleased to introduce their friends to the exciting Wagner Festival in Budapest in June 2017. The tour included a complete Ring Cycle, as well as performances of Rienzi and Parsifal.

All performances were semi-staged in the new Bela Bartok-Mupa Concert Hall. With amazing electronic effects and vibrant costumes, the performances brought a great deal more to the Ring than the often criticised contemporary staging. Also with the much-praised outstanding acoustics of the concert hall, this Ring was remarkable both musically, and as a total experience.

Budapest with it’s reputation of attracting the best of world-class singers, these performances featured some of the most praised performers.

The Ring was conducted by Adam Fischer, and casting included Peter Kalman (Alberich), James Rutherford (Wotan), Christopher Ventris (Siegmund), Anja Kampe (Sieglinde), and Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde).

Rienzi was conducted by Sebastian Weigle, and has Robert Dean Smith in the title role.

Adam Fischer conducted Parsifal, with Peter Seiffert in the title role.

In this magnificent concert hall, we  secured seats mainly in the dress circle. Our allocation gave a panoramic view of the stage, and took full advantage of the brilliant acoustics!

The tour included  our celebrated gala dinner with special guests; and a supper party following Die Walküre with Wotan and his wife!

The tour was based in a deluxe city-centre hotel. The hotel opened in 2010 in a refurbished art nouveau building in the city centre. It featured a wellness centre, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and free wi-fi in every room. There were daytime excursions to a selection of Budapest’s remarkable music-related sites, as well as a river cruise on the Danube. Plus an indulgent day in a luxury Spa resort.