Jun Märkl travels to Budapest this month to lead the Hungarian State Opera in two performances of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier on 5 and 10 June, as part of the Strauss150 Festival commemorating the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Märkl, who has conducted the work many times in the past, conducts the orchestra at the Hungarian Opera House, as directed by Adrejs Zagars.
An acclaimed conductor of Strauss, Märkl’s symphonic programmes this Spring have also featured Strauss songs with Meanne Mueller, with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and a critically praised performance with Beethoven Orchester Bonn of an entirely Strauss programme:
“Jun Märkl gave each piece its own distinctive character… Strauss’s chronicle of Till Eulenspiegel’s pranks was depicted with glorious light-heartedness, without relinquishing any of the music’s clarity.
The whole performance emanated grace and wit, as one tonal effect followed another: the large orchestra was put to full use with both charm and sophistication.”
General-Anzeiger Bonn, February 2014
Märkl’s collaboration with Hungarian State Opera continues a successful season of opera, following on from his well-received performance with Hamburg Opera earlier this year, and next season seeing him return to Tokyo to conduct new productions of Mozart’s Idomeneo and Strauss’s rarely performed Die Liebe der Danae with Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation.