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SEASON HIGHLIGHTS 2013/14

PREMIERES

 

Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff

Comic opera in three acts

Première 21 September

 

Director; Set & costume designer: Arnaud Bernard

Costume designer: Dalma Závodszky

Conductor: Péter Halász

Cast: Kiril Manolov, Alexandru Agache, Alik Abdukayumov, Péter Balczó, Zoltán Megyesi,

István Horváth, Géza Gábor, Beatrix Fodor, Emőke Baráth, Lívia Budai, Erika Gál

 

A combined marvel of creative force, of the serene wisdom of advanced age and of artistic

renewal. Giuseppe Verdi’s final opera is denser, richer and more entertaining – and more

worthy of the spirit of Shakespeare – than is the playwright’s original comedy, The Merry

Wives of Windsor. The message from a nearly 80-old Verdi rings true even today: “All the

world is a joke… we love to laugh at each other!” The production is being staged on the

occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi.

 

21, 24, 27 and 29 September 2013; 1, 3, 5 and 8 October 2013 Opera House

 

Ferenc Liszt, Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz – Lilla Pártay: The Golden Brush

Ballet in three acts

Original Premiére 26 October

 

Choreographer:„ Lilla Pártay

Dramaturge: „Monika Balatoni

Animation: „Ferenc Papp

Set designer:„ Balázs Horesnyi

Costume designer:„ Rita Velich

Music compiled by:„ Ádám Medveczky

Conductor: Ádám Medveczky, Valéria Csányi

Cast: Dancers of the Hungarian National Ballet

 

Lilla Pártay is Hungary’s most accomplished master of bringing ballets d’action to the stage.

Her most recent large-scale endeavour follows the life path of the painter Mihály Munkácsy

using the techniques of classical ballet. Depicted are the struggles of the impoverished

carpenter’s apprentice and his rise to world fame, following him from Budapest, past Vienna,

on to Düsseldorf and Paris where he created his world-renowned paintings Christ before Pilate,

Golgotha, Ecce Homo and Conquest.

 

26, 27, 30 and 31 October 2013; 2, 6, 9 and 10 November 2013 Opera House

 

Béla Bartók / János Vajda: Bluebeard / Mario

Operas in one act

Première 9 November

 

Librettist: Béla Balázs (Bluebeard),Gábor Bókkon (Mario)

English subtitles: Péter Zollman (Bluebeard), Tamás Káldi (Mario

Director & Set designer: Péter Galambos

Costume designer: Enikő Kárpáti

Conductor: Domonkos Héja

Cast: Viktória Mester, Gábor Bretz, Ervin Nagy, András Hábetler, Dániel Vadász,

Zoltán Bátki Fazekas

 

Over the course of nearly 100 years, the symbolist drama Bluebeard has been partnered

with just as many other works, although it has never been played together with János

Vajda’s Mario. In this unique interpretation, the two tragedies (Bluebeard and Mario) share

an embodiment of the heady possibility of rising above the common man.

The production is being staged on the occasion of the official grand reopening of

Erkel Theatre, the second venue of the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest

with more than 2000 seats.

 

9, 12, 14, 16, 21 and 23 November 2013 Erkel Theatre

 

György Selmeczi: Spiritualists

Opera in two acts

World Premiére 19 January 2014

 

Director: Eszter Novak

Set & Costume designer: Edit Zeke

Conductor: János Kovács

Cast: Krisztián Cser, Géza Gábor, Róbert Rezsnyák, Árpád Sándor, Brigitta Kele,

István Kovács, Adorján Pataki

 

19, 22, 25 and 28 January 2014 Opera House

 

Ferenc Lehár – Ronald Hynd: The Merry Widow

Comic ballet in three parts

Hungarian Premiére 22 February 2014

 

Choreographer:„ Ronald Hynd

Costume designer:„ Peter Docherty

Music: „ Ferenc Lehár

Conductor:„ István Silló, Kálmán Szennai

Cast: „Dancers of the Hungarian National Ballet

 

22, 23, 26 and 27 February 2014; 1, 2, 5 and 6 March 2014 Erkel Theatre

 

STRAUSS150

 

Richard Strauss 150 Festival

May Celebration (2014)

 

For the jubilee year of Richard Strauss’s 150th birthday, the Opera will run all six of

the operas generally considered to be the composer’s most important creative works.

Four new productions have been added to the two previously on the repertoire, and

each of the six will be performed twice with a festival-calibre cast of top artists. Before

the festival’s final performance, we will also be inaugurating Márk Lelkes’s newly

sculpted statue of Strauss, which will henceforth grace the Opera House.

 

 

Programme of the Strauss150 Festival

 

Die Frau ohne Schatten (25, 28 and 31 May, 4 June)

Arabella (27 and 30 May)

Salome (29 May, 1 June)

Ariadne auf Naxos (3 and 7 June)

Der Rosenkavalier (5 and 10 June)

Elektra (8 and 11 June)

Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra concert – conductor: Pinchas Steinberg (9 June)

 

 

Strauss premières in 2013/14

 

Richard Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow)

Hungarian Premiére 25 May 2014

Opera in three acts

Conductor – Péter Halász

Set designer - Balázs Horesnyi

Costume designer - Kati Zoób

Director - János Szikora

Cast: Eszter Sümegi, Ildikó Komlósi, Alik Abdukayumov, Ingrid Kertesi, Péter Balczó,

Erika Markovics, Atala Schöck, Heiko Trinsinger, Szilvia Rálik, Lajos Geiger, Ferenc

Cserhalmi, Gyula Rab, Ildikó Szakács, Bori Keszei, Gabriella Balga

 

25, 28 and 31 May 2014; 4 June 2014 Opera House

 

C. W. Gluck / R. Strauss: Iphigénie en Tauride (Iphigenia in Tauris)

Premiére 22 June 2014

Opera in four acts, in two parts

Conductor - György Vashegyi

Set designer - Róbert Menczel

Costume designer - Fruzsina Nagy

Director - Róbert Alföldi

Cast: Eszter Wierdl, Gabi Gál, Zoltán Megyesi, Zsolt Haja, Csaba Szegedi

 

22, 25 and 27 June 2014 Opera House

 

REPERTOIRE

 

Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele

Opera in three acts

Director: Balázs Kovalik

Conductor: Tibor Bogányi, János Kovács

9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21 and 23 February 2014 Opera House

 

Leoš Janaček: Jenůfa

Opera in three acts

Director: Attila Vidnyánszky

Conductor: Domonkos Héja

22, 25, 27 and 29 March 2014; 2 and 4 April 2014 Opera House

 

Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)

Opera in one act (original 1841 version)

Director: János Szikora

Conductor: János Kovács

26, 28 and 30 March 2014; 1, 3 and 5 April 2014 Opera House

 

Ferenc Erkel: Hunyadi László

Opera in three acts

Director: Gábor Szűcs

Conductor: Ádám Medveczky

19, 21, 24, 26 and 28 June 2014 Opera House