Bánk bán

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  • Summary: This opera, composed by Ferenc Erkel, is a universal tale of love, fidelity and infidelity, treachery, struggle against oppression and high human aspirations.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  1. 80
    Erkel's folk-flavored music sounds a lot like middle-period Verdi, but many of the melodies are ravishing.
  2. An operatic rarity worth catching even if you don't happen to be an opera fan.
  3. It would take an opera expert to judge the merits of Bánk Bán and its renowned singers. But to the layman Erkel's music soars, and the singers' voices sound glorious.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    While it creaks along at times, director Csaba Kael's new film version of a Hungarian opera masterpiece, Ferenc Erkel's Bank Ban, is ultimately an invaluable entry in the opera-on-film library.
  5. Where Káel stumbles is in having his stars lip-synch, sometimes poorly, to a recording. It's a devil's bargain that allows for more natural staging, but that fails to convey that an opera's power lies less in cinematic shadings of character than in raw emotions refined by the spectacular art of a rigorously trained human voice.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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